Light Bites: What’s happening in R&D, programs, and associations – Jan. 4, 2023

Jan. 4, 2023
LEDs Magazine rounds up the latest in funding, programs, awards, and partnerships across lighting industry associations, and academia.

LEDs Magazine has gathered multiple updates from lighting industry associations, academic and research programs, and awards programs in our “appetizer style” format.

Light and Health Research Center partners

The Light and Health Research Center (LHRC) at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine has added two new education partners for 2023. Sweden-based BrainLit, a provider of lighting systems targeting human health and wellbeing, and specification-grade manufacturer Vantage Lighting, based in Rhode Island, will provide funding and support for LHRC-developed educational programs, seminars, and online resources for lighting professionals seeking greater understanding of the impact of light on human health.

LHRC education program manager Dan Frering said, “The support of BrainLit and Vantage Lighting as education partners will help us to expand our efforts in educating a wide range of people about the benefits that lighting can provide. We thank both companies for their funding and look forward to collaborating with them on future educational programming.”

For more details on LHRC partnerships, visit the Icahn School website.

NLB Award

The nonprofit National Lighting Bureau has presented its John Bachner Presidential Award for 2022 to Terry McGowan. McGowan is recognized by the organization for contributions to advancing the NLB’s mission of promoting lighting excellence through education across the lighting industry. NLB chairperson Mary Beth Gotti presented the award to McGowan in mid-December, saying, “Terry is being recognized for his hours of dedicated above and beyond support of NLB initiatives. Through his expertise and years of experience in the lighting industry, he provides invaluable direction, clarity, and credibility to these programs.”

McGowan, founder of consultancy Lighting Ideas, Inc., also serves on the Technical Committee of the International Dark-Sky Association and continues to advocate for research and education in outdoor lighting. For more than three decades, he worked as a lighting application engineer at GE Lighting and retired as manager of application engineering and training in 1998.

Visit for membership information.

IES announces LEUKOS advisors

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has established a new advisory board and a group of associate editors composed of subject-matter experts for its journal LEUKOS. The online quarterly publication has long been led by Kevin Houser, PhD, of Oregon State University. The associate editors will work together and with IES staff to evaluate and accept submissions and webinar presentations regarding experiments, technical developments, and discoveries related to applications of light.

LEUKOS associate editors include:

  • Ute Besenecker, PhD, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Siobhan Rockcastle, PhD, University of Oregon
  • Cameron Miller, PhD, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Carl Bloomfield, Intertek
  • Manuel Spitschan, PhD, Technical University of Munich
  • Minchen Wei, PhD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Andrea Wilkerson, PhD, Pacific Northwest Lighting Laboratory

Editorial advisory board members include:

  • Marilyne Andersen, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • John Bullough, PhD, Light and Health Research Center, Department of Population Health Science and Policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Jennifer Veitch, PhD, National Research Council of Canada
  • Alan Lewis, O.D., PhD, New England College of Optometry, and consultant in physiological optics
  • John Hanifin, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University

Visit the IES website for more information about LEUKOS.

IALD expands to Middle East

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has expanded its reach by welcoming professionals in the Middle East region to its lighting community. Designers gain access to networking opportunities with more than 1,000 colleagues as well as educational programs and events by joining IALD Middle East.

IALD will also become an association partner for the upcoming Light Middle East conference and exhibition, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, from Jan. 17-19, 2023. IALD representatives will participate in promoting the new network opportunity and in panel discussions at the event. Those interested in joining IALD Middle East can visit for more details.

Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards

The Zhaga Consortium, a global association of lighting industry stakeholders, opened its Smart City Sensor Awards program in 2022 and has extended its submissions date to Mar. 3, 2023. The program focuses on sensors that can be installed on Zhaga Book 18 compliant streetlights and that are suitable for certification to the Zhaga-D4i standard for connectivity interfaces between outdoor luminaires and sensing and communications modules.

Zhaga’s efforts to support the availability of interoperable products for smart city applications have ramped up over the past few years after its early focus on LED light sources and modular components. The organization continues to advocate for greater standardization of communications modules and interfaces by promoting the D4i protocol.

Both commercially available and products under development are eligible for submission; the judging committee encourages participation from researchers and students. Interested parties can visit the Zhaga website for submission details, requirements, and recognition opportunities.

LEDs Magazine BrightStar Awards

Last but not least, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that LEDs’ own BrightStar Awards are still open for submissions until Jan. 31, 2023. Please be sure to send any questions to Carrie Meadows in enough time to formulate your entries and gather appropriate materials. Our judging panel will begin evaluation in February. Entries that receive a score of 3.5 and above will be recognized publicly, in LEDs Magazine coverage and on our social media, and will receive a trophy for display during LightFair in May. Visit the BrightStar Awards website for guidance on categories, materials, and submission tips.

CARRIE MEADOWS is managing editor of LEDs Magazine, with 20 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing across technology markets including solid-state technology manufacturing, fiberoptic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, and LEDs and lighting.

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About the Author

Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.