The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 to educate lighting decision-makers about the benefits of High-Benefit Lighting®. The NLB is sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers, utilities, and agencies of the federal government.


Articles and News Releases

Each year, NLB staff develops original articles and news releases for magazines and journals with targeted readerships (building owners and managers, plant engineers, health-care facility administrators, retail executives, office managers, school-board members, college and university personnel, law enforcement officials, and the general public). The articles provide guidance for achieving High-Benefit Lighting and provide other important information people need to know to put lighting to work for them.



The NLB has produced guidebooks to help nontechnical, lighting decision-makers understand lighting and the related issues and choices facing them.


High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program

The NLB sponsors the annual High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program. The NLB created the Program to identify and recognize lighting installations that demonstrate the value derived from High-Benefit Lighting. Entrants are asked to provide data relative to the dollar value of improved productivity, reduced vandalism, increased sales and other benefits derived from new or modified lighting systems. Entrants whose submissions are developed into magazine articles are asked to serve as bylined authors.


Designer Directory

The NLB offers a searchable directory of lighting designers who can help you complete your next High-Benefit Lighting project.


Information Desk

Get your lighting questions answered by a Sponsor Representative or staff member of the Bureau.


Resources from NLB Sponsors



Watch, Listen as Experts Discuss the Future of Lighting: Click here

Click here to view the "Outdoor Lighting and the American Medical Association" Outdoor Lighting Forum video
Click here to view the "Shedding Light on Light: Digital Addressable Lighting" 2016 Panel Discussion.
Click here to view the "Shedding Light on Light: TM 30-15 Color Metric" 2016 Panel Discussion.
Click here to view the "Shedding Light on Light: Circadian Lighting" 2016 Panel Discussion.
Click here to view the latest NEMA Lighting Systems Index.