International Day of Light

May 13, 2019 Kyle Kichura

Did you know that May 16th is the International Day of Light? I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that’s something you probably didn’t know, because only lighting geeks like me really pay attention to that type of stuff. Ha!

However, I think it’s time to start bringing awareness to this date as more and more information comes to light (pun intended) on how much we are affected by both natural and electric light sources.

On the website, they explain, “The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.”

It's no secret that lighting technology has, and continues to, play a big role in the energy efficiency realm. Very few industries have seen the advancements in technology that lighting has experienced over the past several years. Nevertheless, those advancements are opening up research into how exactly the electromagnetic spectrum interacts with us, our environments, and our non-human partners, looking well beyond just the traditional kWh.

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Lighting is ubiquitous, and we take most of it for granted until it’s not there. I don’t think May 16th will ever make it into the federal holiday calendar, but I’m asking all of you reading this to celebrate this holiday by taking a step back, looking up, and appreciating what the photon does for science, art, well-being, and our environment.

Oh, I almost forgot…are you wondering why the date is May 16th?  May 16th is the anniversary for the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman.

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