About the National Lighting Bureau

About the National Lighting Bureau 2019-01-02T22:56:10+00:00

Our Mission

The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) exists to create demand for High-Benefit Lighting®— efficient lighting designed to optimize human performance, health, safety, and commerce — by educating those who make and influence decisions about lighting.

Articles and News Releases

NLB staff develops original articles and news releases for magazines and journals with targeted readerships (e.g., 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 other important information people need to know to put lighting to work for them.


The NLB’s Free Bookstore offers guidebooks and other materials to help nontechnical, lighting decision-makers understand lighting and the lighting issues and choices facing them. Also available free of charge are videos from the Bureau’s Annual Lighting Forum, case histories, feature articles, and more.


The NLB has produced guidebooks to help nontechnical, lighting decision-makers understand lighting and the lighting 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.

Lighting-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 a Bureau staff member.

Board of Directors


Cary S. Mendelsohn, CLMC
interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO)
Chief Executive Officer
Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company
4555 N. Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
Telephone: 773/794-1150
Facsimile: 773/794-8941


Vice Chair

Howard P. Lewis
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
Specification Sales
Spectro Lume, LLC
341 Kings Croft
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Telephone: 856/482-6728
Facsimile: 856/482-6729



Raymond E. Kasmark
Director, Business Development
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
900 Seventh Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: 202/728-6191
Facsimile: 202/728-7676


Sean T. Tegart | President / CEO
BIOS: Biological Innovations and Optimization Systems
2796 Loker Ave W / Suite 201
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Office: 321/260-2471

Shelli Sedlak, LC, LEED AP®
Current, Powered by GE
Manager, The Institute
Nela Park
1975 Noble Road / #315C
Cleveland, OH 44112
Telephone: 216/266-2789

Terry K. McGowan, LC, FIES
International Dark-Sky Association
3559 Birch Tree
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121
Telephone: 216/291-1884



Michael M. Erbesfeld
Executive Director
Lighting Controls Association
c/o National Electrical Manufacturers Association
1300 North 17th Street / Suite 900
Rosslyn, VA 22209
Telephone: 703/841-3262
Facsimile: 703/841‑3362

Gabrielle Santulli
Vice President Marketing
LumenOptix, LLC
203 Progress Drive
Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Telephone: 267/613-6102
Facsimile: 215/268-1088

James M. Yorgey, P.E., LC
Technical Applications Manager
Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
7200 Suter Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036
Telephone: 610/282-6332
Facsimile: 610/282-6765

Sean R. Darras, LEED AP
President and Founder
325 Chester Street / Suite 1212
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215/494-3330
Facsimile: 215/494-1074



Mir M. Mustafa
Executive Director, Market Development
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814-4372
Telephone: 301/215-4556
Facsimile: 301/215-4500

Karen Willis
Industry Director
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
1300 North 17th Street / Suite 900
Rosslyn, VA 22209
Telephone: 703/841-3277
Facsimile: 703/841‑3377

Guido Zucconi
Manager of Government Affairs
200 Ballardvale Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
Telephone: 978/570-3282

U.S. General Services Administration
Office of the Chief Architect
1800 F Street, NW
Room 3332-PND
Washington, DC 20405
Telephone: 202/501-1605
Facsimile: 202/501-3393

Jon Perper
ZLED Lighting
Chief Executive Officer
1536 North Kings Highway
Cherry Hill, N J 08034
Telephone: 800-679-9243
Facsimile: (888) 336-2165


NLB’s Office is located in Shepherdstown, WV. Contact staff there by telephone (304/870-4249) or e-mail (info@nlb.org). NLB Executive Director John Bachner oversees Bureau operations.