PlanLED, which offers both expert design plans and the latest in tunable LED products that provide optimized science-based lighting applications, announced that Eunice Noell-Waggoner and Robert Dupuy have joined the company’s Board of Advisors. Noell-Waggoner and Dupuy join other lighting industry experts in supporting PlanLED’s mission to deliver its timely message and growing portfolio of human centric lighting solutions to North America.
Dupuy said, “The timing of our coming together with PlanLED could not be better. For over twenty years Eunice and I have been partnering to raise the lighting standards for senior housing in our nation. We have finally achieved this goal with the recent adoption of Eunice’s brainchild, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) RP-28 “Lighting and the Visual Environment for Senior Living”, by both state and national regulatory agencies. PlanLED has married validated scientific lighting research with practical LED product development. The way is now paved to deliver the targeted lighting solutions that senior citizens need for improved vision, daytime alertness, fall prevention, nighttime sleep and a generally higher quality of life. The coming together of these realities will have a very positive impact across the world.”
Noell-Waggoner added, “PlanLED shares the passion and compassion for the lighting needs of seniors that Robert and I have carried in our challenging and rewarding advocacy work together since 1992. I am excited that we are now able, through innovative lighting solutions, to improve the health, safety and living environments of the elderly. Seeing our dream come true in real world experience is extremely rewarding to us. This development in the lighting industry will undoubtedly capture the attention of the decision makers for senior living communities and networks around the globe.”
PlanLED’s CEO John Hwang responded, “We are excited to welcome Eunice Noell-Waggoner and Robert Dupuy as they join a distinguished group of advisors to PlanLED. Their presence strengthens greatly the character of our company. These two individuals have championed the lighting needs of seniors and younger people who are visually impaired for many years. People will be living longer in the decades ahead and human centric lighting will become more and more important to us all. We now have the science and technology to help us age more gracefully through research-informed deployment of next-generation lights.”
PlanLED’s Advisory Board members, among others, include Dr. Steven W. Lockley, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Neuroscientist, Mike Lambert, Senior Lighting Senior Lighting Designer for KCL Engineering and Jason Mclennan, founder of the Living Building Challenge and Ecotone Publishing.
The announcement comes as PlanLED pioneers the human centric lighting market that has substantial sustainability and humanitarian benefits. The company’s services and suite of LED products can significantly reduce facilities’ electrical lighting costs while simultaneously improving human factors in lighting: circadian rhythms, mood -- preferences, perception, visual acuity and performance. PlanLED’s clients presently include multiple fortune 500 companies & professional sports teams.
About Robert J. Dupuy, IALD, LC
Robert J. Dupuy is an Associate Principal of Interface Engineering in Portland OR and Creative Lighting Director. Dupuy joined Interface in 1992 and with over 22 years of experience in all facets of lighting he brings a broad depth of knowledge to the table. His designed projects include medical, residential, office buildings, museums, theatres, retail, libraries and senior living communities. Robert was a coauthor on the Oregon Nursing Home Lighting Regulations and ANSI/IES-RP28, a national standard for senior lighting. Robert is the national chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted Committee. As a member of the National Institute for Building Sciences Low Vision Design Committee, Robert is working on guidelines to be part of the Uniform Building Code and including lighting for the elderly and low vision populations in the Americans with Disabilities Act. As an Adjunct Professor at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon Robert teaches lighting design to interior design students.
About Eunice Noel-Waggoner, LC
Eunice Noel-Waggoner president, Center of Design for an Aging Society and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) member since 1991, has been a tireless advocate for better lighting for seniors and people with low vision long before the lighting profession realized that there was a need. For over 22 years, she has provided advocacy and testimony before regulatory committees and state rule-making and energy code bodies, while working to get standards for the appropriate type of lighting for senior housing into law. Her efforts have paid off with local, state and national adoption of lighting regulations. Noell-Waggoner is recognized for her visionary efforts in the formation of the Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted Committee, for the creation of IES RP-28-98 on behalf of the elderly and low-vision populations, and for promoting the IES and RP-28 to the American Institute of Architects, senior care associations and other organizations. She was just awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by the IES in recognition of her achievements through the years.
Contact:John Park, Project Manager - PLANLED