The power of light to change your world for good

Dr Shelley James, Keynote and TEDx Speaker, WELL Light Advisor, Consultant and Curator.

Light is driving every single cell in your body right now. It affects how you feel, how you look – and how much you will remember of this sentence. Healthy lighting can boost your productivity, memory and mood. It can even help you cut your carbon footprint. Light can also be a killer. A shocking rise in chronic conditions are directly linked to our twilight indoor lives, from depression and learning difficulties to obesity, heart disease and cancer.

Just as an apple is not a healthy diet, a light bulb is not healthy lighting. But as part of an overall approach to your workplace, school or hospital, the humble light bulb really does have the power to transform your results. Good for people, for planet and for profit.

I work with successful, innovative people from around the world- like you- who want to do just that.

How can the humble lightbulb transform your results?

Light is driving every single cell in your body right now. It affects how you feel, how you look – and how much you will remember of this sentence. Healthy lighting can boost your productivity, memory and mood. It can even help you to reduce your carbon footprint. Light can also be, quite literally, a killer. A shocking rise in chronic conditions have been directly linked to our twilight indoor lives, from depression and learning difficulties to obesity, heart disease and cancer.

Just as an apple is not a healthy diet, a light bulb is not healthy lighting. But, as part of an integrated approach to the built environment, the humble light bulb really does have the power to transform your results, Good for people, for planet and for profit.

I work with successful, innovative people from around the world who want to do just that.

Events

Speaking

I am a keynote and TEDx speaker, delivering memorable, motivating and solutions-led experiences for team building and professional development. I have appeared on the BBC, and the award-winning BBC Four Series Revolutions: Innovations that changed the world.

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Curating

I host interviews and debates between scientists, lighting manufacturers, specifiers and end-users to understand and then break down the barriers for change in critical sectors: healthcare, education and the workplace.

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Consulting

I work with successful business leaders to develop lighting strategies and staff engagement programmes to boost performance, improve mental and physical health and reduce environmental impact.

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Dr Shelley James on TEDx Northwich

110k views, 1.2k likes, Top Three in the world in May 2022

BOOKS

Light! A Parent's Guide for Health and Happiness

Light! Your Essential Survival Guide

In “Light! A Parent’s Guide for Health and Happiness,” you will discover:

  • Proven, practical tips to optimize your children’s exposure to natural and artificial light to improve sleep, mood and performance at school.
  • Key facts to share with your loved ones to encourage them to make healthy choices about getting outside, screen time and sleep for themselves.
  • What to look out for when you shop for lights so you can create a healthy, happy home where you and your family can shine – and even save money too!

Take a look around you right now – you can probably see at least five light sources – and hopefully some daylight too. Those lights are using up to 20% of your electricity bill and affecting your sleep, mood and even your memory. And yet most of us don’t give the humble lightbulb a second thought.

In this practical guide, you will discover science-backed techniques you can use right now to optimise the lighting in your home and office to boost your health and well-being.  Explore different types of lighting and learn from the experts what you should buy – and what to avoid! 

COURSES

Human-Centric Lighting:
Principles in Practice

This CPD-Approved course will provide building professionals design, specification or delivery of lighting solutions with an impartial, evidence-based introduction to the emerging field of Human-Centric Lighting.

Lighting for WELL certification: Introduction for Building Professionals.

Explore the science of light for health and well-being, review the nine features in the WELL light concept and learn how human-centric lighting is good for the planet too.

Human-Centric Lighting: Principles in Practice

8 December, 12.30 – 14.00 GMT | Online

Recent Events and Podcasts

Innovators in Residential Healthcare

Join leading scientists and experienced care home professionals to discuss the latest science, best practice and future trends

 

7 March 2023 | 15:00 – 17:00 | Online event

Designing for our Future Selves

Explores how design is transforming the way society can support everyone to age with greater agency and joy

 

24 February to 26 March 2023 | 10:00 – 18:00 | the Design Museum’s Atrium

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