Lighting - Research Article from Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy

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What Is Light?

Humans are a diurnal species, which means that we are active in the day and asleep at night. Indeed, daylight is the primary stimulus to the photobiological system that regulates our sleep-awake cycle. Of course, while we are awake, we see, and we depend a great deal on seeing. Approximately 80 percent of the human brain devoted to sensing the environment is devoted to vision. It is not surprising, then, that from the beginning of human history we have strived to produce and control light.

Until very recent human history, the Sun had been our primary source of light for both seeing and waking. Over the past two millennia, and particularly over the past two centuries, our direct reliance on the Sun for light has diminished. Today it can be argued that large segments of affluent human societies are exposed to light from the Sun only rarely...

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