Illuminating Lighting’s Effect on Human Health and Well-being


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Confidently specify lighting solutions with a better understanding of the science behind circadian systems and human health.


Supported by
ASID Foundation



Learn more about how the eye functions and the visual and non-visual effects of light on the human body. This introduction to the science of light’s impact on circadian systems will help you to confidently specify lighting solutions that contribute to health and well-being. We’ll focus on the impact of light on sleep quality and critical design considerations for older adults. This course was produced by Drexel University with support from an ASID Foundation Transform Grant.


What You Will Learn
  • Explain the importance of light at night and how the non-visual effects of light regulate the body’s rhythms.  
  • Describe the mechanics of vision and how the eye works. 
  • Assess strategies for the design of the indoor lighting environment, especially considering older adults. 
  • Identify light evaluation parameters for the indoor lighting environment. 
  • Describe how LED lighting can mimic the natural 24-hour daylight cycle to improve health outcomes in building interiors.

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-114646 (Your CEU will be reported on your behalf by ASID)


Access Period: One year from registration date. 

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This CEU is registered with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits. This credit will be accepted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

The content included is not deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by IDCEC of any material or construction or any method or manner of handling, using distributing or dealing in any material or product.

Questions related to specific materials, methods and services should be directed to the instructor and provider of the CEU.

This program is registered for 1 CEU value | HSW. The IDCEC class-code is: CC-114646.

Attendees who do not belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and do not have a unique IDCEC number will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after this CEU.

Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Ph.D., AIA

Director, dLUX Light Lab | Professor, Architecture, Design & Urbanism, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Drexel University

Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, AIA is a Professor at Drexel University with dual appointments in the College of Engineering and the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. She holds degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago (B.Arch.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Ph.D.). Director of the dLUX light lab, she specializes in the visual and non-visual effects of light and view on design to promote occupant health and low-energy use.  Dr. Ellis’ research includes low-energy building design, responsive urban environments, daylighting, spatial visualization, visual perception, and altered states of perception, such as blindness and dementia.

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Illuminating Lighting's Effect on Human Health and Well-being Part One
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Illuminating Lighting's Effect on Human Health and Well-being Part Two
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Illuminating Lighting's Effect on Human Health and Well-being Course Quiz
12 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  14/18 points to pass
12 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  14/18 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Illuminating Lighting's Effect on Human Health and Well-being Feedback Survey
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Course Completion and Credit Certificate
1.00 CEU   |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU   |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member.