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Artificial light and noise inquiry launched

30 January 2023

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impacts of artificial light and noise on human health.


Artificial light and noise are pervasive in the modern world and the committee will explore the extent to which unwanted, inappropriate, or excessive artificial lighting or ambient noise may have negative impacts on human health. For example, claims have been made that artificial light can disrupt sleep and circadian rhythms, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Various reports have been published on noise and light pollution, including updated guidelines from the World Health Organization in 2018 for the regulation of noise, and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s 2009 report into artificial light in the environment. Various authorities, from DEFRA and Public Health authorities, alongside local authorities and planning authorities, have some oversight of ensuring that artificial light and noise are not excessive. New developments, such as the introduction of LEDs, are qualitatively and quantitatively changing the levels of light and noise in the built environment.

Call for evidence

The Committee seeks to understand:

  • The evidence base surrounding the impacts of artificial light and noise on human health in the UK
  • The nature of the current regulatory landscape for light and noise pollution and how well these regulations are enforced
  • How policy should be adjusted to minimise the impacts of artificial light and noise on human health.

A full list of questions can be found in the call for evidence (see link above.)


The Committee invites written contributions to its inquiry by 11.59pm on Friday 3 March 2023.

Further information