Night Lights
City Lights


David Bird  and

Jackson Stigwood

Wed, May 12th - 6pm AEST

In a world that is increasingly using light at night to advertise, inform and create safety, what can you do to minimise negative impacts.

During the informative presentation, our two speakers, both highly qualified and experienced lighting designers, will cover many of the tough questions we hear from people regarding their rights around lighting issues. Are there standard for obtrusive outdoor lighting?​ If you live in a strata building and have lights that are on all night, keeping you awake, what is the best way to rectify this? If there is a streetlight outside your house that causing you nuisance, is there anything I can do?

After answering some of these questions are two presenters will then open the floor for a Q&A session. This is a unique opportunity to understand how to elicit real change in the outdoor lighting in your area.  

David Bird has been a lighting designer for almost 35 years. In 2010, he co-founded 2B Designed to focus on projects that required a more creative and sensitive approach to design.

He is chair of the IALD ( International Association of Lighting Designers) Energy, Sustainability and Quality Committee. One of the committee's focus is to assess a better approach for lighting design that creates more comfortably lit spaces yet is sustainable and mindful of the impact of the environment. David is passionate about education either in a formal role as he has at RMIT and VUT, or in ad hoc events. He believes that society needs a better understanding of the impact on life on our well being and our nighttime environment.

Jackson Stigwood is the founding director of A Billion Suns, a Melbourne based light focused design practice. He takes a keen interest in conducting lighting research at both micro and macro scales in the built and urban environment. The practice uses this research to understand key lighting issues that need to be addressed as well as highlighting design opportunities for future development to better the night time environments we live in.


$15 for nor-members


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Light - not as healthy as you think

Dr Eva Schernhammer

(recorded 7 April 2021)




Melatonin is a hormone that is produced primarily by the pineal gland and secreted almost exclusively at night when it is dark.

Growing evidence also demonstrates that visible light, including artificial light, can acutely suppress melatonin production – a phenomenon often referred to as “circadian disruption” and commonly observed in shift workers. These observations led to the formulation of the ‘melatonin hypothesis’ suggesting that diminished secretion of melatonin might promote the development of cancer.

Triggered by this hypothesis, researchers accelerated their efforts to clarify whether increases in exposure to light at night could indeed increase cancer rates. Since then, epidemiologic data has continued to indicate that shift work is related to a modest increase in the risk of breast cancer and identified links to other cancers.

The growing evidence led WHO to re-classify night work as a probable carcinogen in 2019. In addition to cancer, several other chronic diseases have subsequently been linked by large prospective cohort studies to night work exposure (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension).

In this presentation, Schernhammer will review this evidence, along with a broad summary of epidemiologic studies of circadian disruption/sleep and chronic disease risk.

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