Dr. Annika Jägerbrand/SE

Effects of LED lighting on animals and the natural environment and recommendations to minimise the impact

Presentation date: 25. October
Presentation time: 12:15

There are many advantages of using LEDs, but artificial light is perceived differently by different species and may have serious consequences depending on the species. The effects of LED lighting on the physiology, behaviour and ecology of different species have been evaluated based on studies carried out in the field. Research results underline the need for revised regulations with regard to outdoor lighting after dark. Recommendations for minimising ecological impact will be presented.

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Dr. Annika Jägerbrand/SE, University Jönköping

Annika K. Jägerbrand is an Acting Assistant Professor at the Department of Construction Engineering and Lighting Science at the School of Engineering at Jönköping University in Sweden. Her research includes several key aspects of outdoor lighting such as energy efficiency, sustainability, traffic safety and environmental/ecological effects. Her focus is on the outdoor use of LED lighting and its planning, implementation and consequences, especially concerning road lighting. Annika holds a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Gothenburg and has long experience as a researcher, project leader and research manager in various environmental and energy-related research questions with a focus on the transport and infrastructure sector. Annika has researched energy-efficient road lighting and performed evaluations on compliance with regulations and improvements for energy savings. Furthermore, she has performed research on the impact of light (natural and artificial) on driving behaviour and traffic safety — another project dealt with the decision-making and planning process of municipal outdoor lighting. During 2015 Annika developed a new framework of sustainability indicators for outdoor lighting. As a researcher, Annika is multidisciplinary and enjoys leading or working on inter-disciplinary projects that include, for example, ecological, economic and social aspects. Annika also has experience in performing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for large transport infrastructure projects.