Quality lighting is important for eye care

In Photo: Jagan Srinivasan, Philips Philippines country leader; and Philips’s Signify lightings

MAJOR lighting brand Signify revealed that eye care is not a high priority for adults globally. This comes at a time of record levels of myopia, with the World Health Organization predicting that one in two people will be short sighted by 2050, and ever-increasing strain on eyes with people spending more time indoors in front of computer screens and smart devices.

Currently, eye care is taking a backseat compared to fitness and weight loss, despite people’s reliance on their eyes for everyday living.

“Quality lighting is not only related to longevity but is also incredibly important when it comes to ensuring our eyes feel comfortable,” explained Jagan Srinivasan, country leader of Philips Electronics and Lighting Inc. Philippines in an interview on the sidelines of its product launch held at the Bonifacio Global City.

He said every house or landed property needs proper lighting. In the space people are living, he said they need to assure their eyes. He added people can have the different options in the lightings, but they should deliver on the promise of comfort.

In a recent gathering, “Eye’d Make the Switch,” Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) explained how quality LED is related to eye comfort. Research conducted by the company  revealed that, while the average person spends more than six hours a day looking at a screen, 42 percent are currently using lighting that is softer on the eyes. And, only a third (32 percent) of people globally would consider how comfortable a light was on their eyes, when making their purchasing decision.

When it comes to lighting and eye comfort, Srinivasan said people aren’t serious in pursuing what they know on lights. While 74 percent of those surveyed agree that quality lighting impacts eye comfort, only 28 percent would choose a light bulb that is more comfortable for their eyes. Additionally, only 42 percent actively choose lighting that is softer on the eyes.

“Research conducted that people don’t have high regard when it comes to taking care of health. Even for the health-conscious people, eyes are the last thing that they think of,” he said.

He said Signify scientists  have developed an industry-first Philips EyeComfort Standard, committing to delivering EyeComfort LEDs with no visible flicker. Besides flicker, the standard measures against key comfort criteria are glare, stroboscopic effect, photobiological safety, dimming effects, tuning and color rendering—factors that can impact eye comfort. Philips EyeComfort LEDs are checked to ensure they pass its prescribed standards while providing energy efficiency and an average lifespan of over a decade. All Philips EyeComfort LED lamps and luminaires will be marked with the EyeComfort trademark starting 2018.

The press event also showcased the diverse Philips EyeComfort LED lamps and luminaires range, which included:

  1. Philips MyCare LED Bulb, the newest bulb in the range inspired by the pattern of sunflower seeds, the Interlaced Optics design reduces glare, the excessive brightness caused by an intense light beaming from the center of the bulb, and enhances the comfort of eyes.
  2. Philips SceneSwitch—up to three color settings in one bulb: bright light, natural light and cozy warm glow.
  3. Philips Deco Classic—visible filaments are designed to be seen and look good, off and on.
  4. Philips Meson—for evenly distributed light with consistent brightness.
  5. Philips Moire—light up your room in soft, uniform light.

Srinivasan said, “Signify’s latest LED technology is setting the bar for quality of life for homes. “All homes every deserve quality, and every human eye deserves quality comfort.”


Rizal Raoul Reyes

Rizal Raoul S. Reyes has covered technology, science, business, property and special reports. He had working stints with the Business Star, Manila Bulletin and Independent Daily News.