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lido the light-dosimeter

 A new portable device that measures and records light exposure – for researchers by researchers



Due to social and economic changes and technological progress, humans no longer follow the natural light/dark cycle, but live in a 24-hour society. Daytime is spent in indoor settings, where light levels are a fraction of those outdoors. The darkness during the night is impacted by the use of artificial light. Whereas the connection between light exposure and human circadian entrainment is well established, the research community was missing two key items for a long time:

  • an agreement on what metrics to use
  • a suitable measuring device

The first gap was closed with the publication of CIE S 026:2018 – «CIE System for Metrology of Optical Radiation for ipRGC-Influenced Responses to Light»; the second gap is being addressed by the light-dosimeter.

Now we can answer your question: What about my light-history ?


The light-dosimeter (lido) is a mobile measurement device to investigate the non-visual responses to light. Attached to a pair of glasses, it records a person’s light exposure in the near-corneal plane, which is viewed as the best available proxy to retinal irradiation by most researchers. Thanks to a bespoke mounting it can be taken off during a recording, if required. The custom-made software «Lido Studio» converts the measurements into the metrics standardised in CIE S 026:2018. Data can be analysed directly in Lido Studio or exported as a PDF report or a comma-separated values (CSV) file for further in-depth time-series analyses. The light-dosimeters were tested by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The reports are available upon request.

The light-dosimeters’ key specifications are:

  • Spectral range: 380 nm – 780 nm
  • Intensity range: from 5 lx – 100k+ lx
  • Measurement interval: 10 sec
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Interface: Micro-USB

  • Metrics used according to CIE S 026:2018
  • Tilt measurements
  • Event marker
  • IP20

This data sheet summarises the light-dosimeters’ key features.


After the Velux Stiftung approved the funding for the project «Light exposure and health – light-dosimeter for the longterm recording and examination of biologically effective radiation and its effect on humans» (Project No. 1134), an interdisciplinary team from the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture, combining knowledge in light and lighting, electronics, product design, information technology and project management, started with the development of the light-dosimeter in early 2018.

People who contributed to the project from the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture:

  • Prof. Björn Schrader, Institute of Building Technology and Energy (IGE)
  • Prof. Othmar Schälli, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Dr. Giselher WichmannInstitute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Prof. Erich StygerInstitute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Christian Di Battista, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Janine Stampfli, Institute of Building Technology and Energy (IGE)
  • Reto Häfliger, Institute of Building Technology and Energy (IGE)
  • Christoph ZumbühlInstitute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Martin FriedliInstitute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Said Ahsaine, Institute of Building Technology and Energy (IGE)
  • Stefan Ineichen, Institute of Building Technology and Energy (IGE)
  • Diego Rohner, Institute of Innovation and Technology Management (IIT)
  • Silvio EmmeneggerInstitute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Christian JostInstitute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Stefan Lustenberger, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Technology (IME)
  • David Huwyler, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Erny Niederberger, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IET)
  • Justin Rüssli-Kueh, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IET)



   In addition, the project was  supported by three external partners:



directly involved: University of applied science Luzern

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Chronolite – IoT-Standard für chronobiologisch wirksame Beleuchtung im Mobilitätssektor
Contact partner: Technische Universität Ilmenau, Ilmenau
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Velux Stiftung 1730
directly involved: University of applied science Luzern
more information

Velux Stiftung 1775
directly involved: University of applied science Luzern
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  • Fachsymposium Licht- und Lebensqualität, Weimar, Deutschland, Lichtdosimetrie: Fact or Fiction, O. Stefani (12./13.10.2023)
  • Good Light Group meeting #16 , Online: The luminous landscape of light loggers, O. Stefani (26.9.2023)
  • LICHT 2023, Salzburg, Austria: lido – Das Light-Dosimeter zur Erforschung der nicht-visuellen Wirkungen von Licht , B. Schrader (26./29.3.2023)
  • DLA Summer School, Lausanne, Switzerland: The Light-Dosimeter – a novel, portable device to record an individual’s light exposure, B. Schrader (15.8.2022)
  • Tageslicht-Symposium 2022, Basel, Switzerland: Wie viel Licht erhalten Sie pro Tag?, J. Stampfli (15.6.2021)
  • Optica Webinar, Online: Measuring Light, Color, Spectrum and Personalized Light Exposure Using Wearable Light Sensors (11.2.2022)
  • Daylight Academy Annual Conference 2021, Online: Light-Dosimeter, J. Stampfli (2.12.2021)
  • CIE Midterm Conference 2021, Online: The Light-Dosimeter – A New Device to Help Advance Research on the Non-visual Responses to Light, J. Stampfli (27.9.2021)
  • Tageslicht-Symposium 2021, Online: Licht-Dosimeter (17.6.2021)
  • Swiss Lighting Forum, Basel, Switzerland: Human Centric Lighting – Hohe Erwartungen wecken reicht nicht aus, B. Schrader (30.1.2020)
  • BioWi, Weimar, Germany: Licht-Dosimeter – Aufzeichnung einer ‘Light History’ von Probanden, B. Schrader (12.11.2019)
  • EUROSHNET, Dresden, Germany: Light dosimeter – recording an individual’s light history, R. Häfliger (12.6.2019)
  • LICHT2018, Davos, Switzerland: Light-Dosimeter 2.0 for Research, B. Schrader (11.9.2018)
  • Light & Building, Frankfurt, Germany: HCL-Light-Dosimeter 2.0 – Zur Erfassung der zeitlichen Strahlenexposition von Probanden, B. Schrader (22.3.2018)


  • Stampfli J, Schrader B, di Battista C, et al. The Light-Dosimeter: A new device to help advance research on the non-visual responses to light. Lighting Research & Technology. 2023;55(4-5):474-486. doi:10.1177/14771535221147140

  • Stampfli, Janine R.; Schrader, Björn; di Battista, Christian; Häfliger, Reto; Schälli, Othmar; Wichmann, Giselher et al. (2021): The Light-Dosimeter – A New Device to Help Advance Research on the Non-visual Responses to Light. In: CIE Midterm Conference 2021 – Conference Proceedings. DOI: 10.25039/x48.2021.op18.

  • ljoh Balajadia, Sophie Garcia, Janine Stampfli, Björn Schrader, Carolina Guidolin, Manuel Spitschan; Usability and Acceptability of a Corneal-Plane α-Opic Light Logger in a 24-h Field Trial. Digit Biomark 29 March 2023; 7 (1): 139–149. doi:10.1159/000531404

  • Stampfli, J., Schrader, B., Spitschan, M., & Blattner, P. Light-Dosimeter–Ein neues Gerät zur Erforschung von nicht-visuellen Lichtwirkungen. In 11. Symposium Licht und Gesundheit (p. 120).



  • LICHT (1/2022): «Das Light-Dosimeter – Portables Gerät zur Erforschung nicht-visueller Lichtwirkungen» (S. 82-83)
  • HSLU News & Stories (12/2021): «Das Tageslicht – die grosse Unbekannte»
  • Baublatt (14/2021): «Vom Recht auf einen hellen Arbeitsplatz» (S. 8-10)
  • WirPlus (4/2021): «Lichtblicke für moderne ‘Höhlenmenschen’ – Es werde Licht im Homeoffice» (S. 18-21)
  • LICHT (4/2019): «Auf- und Umbruchstimmung in der Lichtforschung» (S. 80-81)



Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture
Technikumstrasse 21
6048 Horw


Dr. Oliver Stefani
phone: +41 41 349 39 96

Prof. Björn Schrader
phone: +41 41 349 32 69