Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Starving for Darkness

Starving for Darkness – How Light Pollution Impacts Wildlife

Jane Slade, Speclines

Tuesday, March 12
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room: Nassau East
Credits: 1 AIA LU


Since the industrial revolution, natural ecosystems spend more and more time bathed in artificial light within a 24-hour cycle. How does this lack of darkness impact wildlife? How does the obstruction of the night’s sky impact bird migration and whale migration? Much of the study of light and health has been dedicated to the impact of light upon humans, however animals and plants are also intrinsically photosensitive. How can we rethink design and codes to alleviate some of the harmful effects?


Jane Slade, MID, LC, IES, Speclines
Jane Slade is the Specification Sales Manager for Speclines in Massachusetts. Slade is a recent Richard Kelly Grant recipient for her explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused on manipulating emotional experiences with light and color. Slade is a member of the IES Committee for Outdoor Environmental Lighting. She is also an artist utilizing light as a medium, and a yoga teacher in her home city, Cambridge, Massachusetts.