"Consumers are raising their standards for wellness, and they expect these to not only be reflected at home, but also in the place they spend the majority of their day - the workplace," says Jerry Yudelson green building expert, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Fellow and formerly president of the Green Building Initiative. To improve the health of a workplace, Yudelson, a world renowned sustainability thought leader since 1970s and author of 13 books on green building, recommends that consumers be vocal about their concerns and request that their employers replace fluorescent lighting to flicker-free LEDs.The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in its standard document, PAR 1789-2015, defines acceptable limits to flicker in LED-based lighting systems. The equation recommended by the standard calculates the maximum recommended flicker percentage by multiplying the frequency of a light source by 0.08. For example, at 120 Hz, which is common in most lighting applications, ten percent maximum flicker is allowable to avoid human health hazards in most applications. Energy Focus, Inc. manufactures the first and thus far the only UL certified lighting to have less than one percent flicker. "Whether we recognize it or not, flicker in lighting has adverse impact on how we feel and our overall health on a day-to-day basis as modern workers spend 90 percent of the day under artificial lighting," said James Tu, CEO and President of Energy Focus. "As the lighting industry is finally asking how much flicker is acceptable, led by the flicker standard from IEEE in 2015, at Energy Focus we are committed more strongly than ever to making flicker-free the new gold standard of lighting quality for the lighting industry." Consumers interested in learning more can visit www.energyfocus.com/flickeroff which features educational materials and a pre-drafted email that they can send to their facilities manager - requesting the change to Energy Focus flicker-free LEDs. MethodologyThe Energy Focus workplace healthiness survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 U.S. full-time office workers, between December 6 and December 12, 2016, using an email invitation and an online survey. About Energy Focus Energy Focus is an industry-leading innovator of energy-efficient LED lighting technology. As the creator of the first and only UL-verified low-flicker LED products on the market, Energy Focus products provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, and aesthetics, safety, health and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Our customers include U.S. and foreign navies, U.S. federal, state and local government, healthcare and educational institutions, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Energy Focus is headquartered in Solon, Ohio, with additional offices in Washington, D.C., New York and Taiwan.
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