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US DesignLights Consortium forms advisory group for light usage for night applications

13 Apr 2021

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) recently announced formation of a Light Usage for Night Applications (LUNA) Advisory Group as a first step toward development of a new program to recognize and promote luminaires that are both energy efficient and protect the night sky from light pollution.

Comprising six lighting experts as well as DLC staff and a representative of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the advisory group will provide perspectives and recommendations for criteria related to light at night for products on the DLC's Solid-State Lighting Qualified Products List (QPL). The panel will advise the DLC on the development of a program that includes a near-term supplemental criterion that will allow QPL users to differentiate products that minimise light pollution.

LUNA Advisory Group members include Pete Strasser of the IDA; Terry McGowan of Lighting Ideas, Inc.; Naomi Miller of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Gayathri Unnikrishan of the International WELL Building Institute pbc; Alex Baker of the Illuminating Engineering Society (NA); Kevin Fitzmaurice of Georgia Power, and Jim Benya of Benya Burnett Consultants. Along with DLC staff, they will discuss goals and objectives for a DLC LUNA program and relevant metrics in line with testing standards, and make recommendations for draft specifications and associated education and resource needs for various audiences.

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