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International Day of Light

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 https://www.lightday.org, 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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Kyle Kichura
Written by Kyle Kichura

Lighting Channel Manager, LC
Kyle Kichura is our team’s subject matter expert when it comes to lighting. From design to implementation, he has acquired over a decade of experience with lighting efficiency. Kyle manages the lighting aspects of Franklin Energy’s programs, including upstream product engagement and lighting product qualification. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is lighting certified (LC) through the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP). He serves as a member of the Illumination Engineering Society of North America, board member for the Milwaukee Chapter, and represents Focus on Energy within DesignLights Consortium’s™ (DLC) technical committee.


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