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The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences is playing a major role in a new research project looking at how to develop solid-state lighting technology (SSL).

Sleep researchers contribute to lighting innovation

Solid-state lighting technology (SSL) uses solid-state electroluminescence such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) rather than incandescent bulbs (which use thermal radiation) or fluorescent tubes.

Innovation speed and success rates in the development of such smart lighting systems have been low because of limited investments, fragmentation in the value chain, and limited user awareness.

On 1 November 2013 the three-year project SSL-erate, part of the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, was launched to raise awareness of SSL, promote high-quality system solutions, and bring functional lighting solutions to all. The project will support open innovation and bring validated information to all stakeholders.

Oxford's main role is to look at the impact and potential of lighting (in prevention and treatment) within health-care and elderly-care settings. Researchers will identify the differing needs of various patients groups, including people over the age of 65 and mentally ill people. They will also investigate staff needs.

Researchers will identify the most important and relevant scientific insights, and suggest how this knowledge can be used in practice. They will find out what the options are for early intervention prior to illness, perhaps even preventing or delaying the onset of illness.

As well as hosting workshops throughout Europe to involve various stakeholders, the consortium is developing a web-based platform to provide topical high-quality information on solid-state lighting and the user and society value system solutions to get the right light, at the right place, at the right time. Lighting For People will be launched on 1 April 2014 at the world’s biggest trade fair for light and building (Light+Building).

The platform will provide the latest scientific findings on advances in human-centric lighting and encourage green business development by means of open innovative collaboration. It will connect people, municipalities, lighting, and business in order to make the best – and most informed – lighting decisions in sectors from elderly care and healthcare to education and beyond.

SSL-erate is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development under Grant Agreement  No. 619249. For more information about this project, visit www.ssl-erate.eu.

To register to attend the launch of the Platform at Light+Building on 1 April 2014 and to be among the first to be notified when the Platform is live, please visit www.lightingforpeople.eu.

Consortium

SSL-erate is carried out by a twenty-four member consortium, representing thirteen EU countries:

  • NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK (TNO), Netherlands - coordinator
  • LUND UNIVERSITY, Sweden
  • LIGHTINGEUROPE, Belgium
  • FUNDACION ESADE, Spain
  • LUCI ASSOCIATION, France
  • CLUSTER LUMIERE ASSOCIATION, France
  • LUCE IN VENETO SCARL, Italy
  • KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, Belgium
  • CLUSTER D'IL LUMINACIO DE CATALUNYA, Spain
  • DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET, Denmark
  • KAMER VAN KOOPHANDEL, Netherlands
  • UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, United Kingdom
  • VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS, Lithuania
  • UNIVERSITAET BASEL, Switzerland
  • AALTO-KORKEAKOULUSAATIO, Finland
  • RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN, Netherlands
  • MALMO STAD, Sweden
  • COMUNE DI BASSANO DEL GRAPPA, Italy
  • HOCHSCHULE FUER ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN HAMBURG, Germany
  • STAVANGER COMMUNE, Norway
  • GEMEENTE EINDHOVEN, Netherlands
  • UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, United Kingdom
  • REVO MEDIA PARTNERS LIMITED, United Kingdom
  • MUNICH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES, Germany