About the National Lighting Bureau

About the National Lighting Bureau 2022-12-05T07:43:35-06:00

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.

Tesla Awards(tm)

The Tesla Awards™ are the NLB’s way of honoring excellence in new construction and retrofit lighting designs that enhance the value of lighting for people. Projects will be evaluated based on how well they demonstrate improved visual performance, enhanced occupant satisfaction, or improved safety and security, and support current thinking on light and health recommendations. Eligible projects include indoor and outdoor lighting for commercial, institutional, residential, industrial and municipal projects completed within the 2018 and 2019 calendar years.

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 Member representative or a Bureau associate.

Board of Directors


Mary Beth Gotti

Vice Chair

Ruby Jadwet
CEO and Founder
Truly Green Solutions


Karen Willis
Industry Director
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)


Glen Gracia
Head of Communications & Brand


Raymond E. Kasmark
Director, Business Development
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Jeremy Yon
Industry Relations Leader
GE Current, a Daintree company

Cary Mendelsohn, CLMC
Chief Executive Officer
Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company

Terry K. McGowan, LC, FIES
International Dark Sky Association (IDA)

Howard P. Lewis
Specification Sales
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
Spectro Lume, LLC


Sean T. Tegart
President and CEO
Biological Innovations and Optimization Systems, LLC (BIOS Lighting)

Jane White
EVP, Sales and Marketing

Jim Levante
Chief Executive Officer
Inspired LED

Andrew Koch
Kurtzon Lighting

Glen Gracia
Head of Communications & Brand

Kevin Tighe
Vice President of Labor Relations and Field Service

Christina Peña
Marketing Coordinator
New Star Lighting

Paul Pompeo
Pompeo Group

Dan Kennedy
Director of Corporate Marketing 

Chris Holstein
VP, Product Management
Universal Lighting Technologies

Office of the Chief Architect
U.S. General Services Administration

Jon Perper
Chief Executive Officer
Zled Lighting

Ruskin Hartley
Executive Director
International Dark Sky Association

Karsten Fetten
VP of Product Management


Russell Osur
Chief Executive Officer


NLB’s Office is located in Nashville, TN. Contact staff by telephone (615-379-7707) or e-mail (info@nlb.org). NLB Executive Director Randy Reid oversees Bureau operations.