Technology Newsletter

The Technology Newsletter is written by ALA Director of Engineering and Technology Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, to update members on the latest technology issues and ideas.

June 28, 2023
New ALA White Paper Provides Guidance on Selling LED Solutions

Consumers have a lot of questions regarding LED technology, and thanks to ALA’s newly released guidance document created by members of the ALA Engineering Committee, showrooms now have expert advice at the ready for answering those questions and helping their customers determine whether an integrated LED product or a socketed one is right for them.

February 26, 2024
2024 Integrated Home Competition Seeks Entries
January 30, 2024
Why Lighting Controls Matter to Your Bottom Line
November 29, 2023
ALA Engineering Committee Meeting Covers Key Association Work
February 28, 2023
2023 Integrated Home Competition Now Accepting Entries

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Integrated Home Competition is now accepting entries.

Program to Develop New Fixtures to Improve Sleep, Health and Well-Being.

Program to Develop New Fixtures to Improve Sleep, Health and Well-Being.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022/Categories: News, Engineering & Technology, ALA News

ALA-member manufacturers, join us. Be part of the ALA effort to include circadian lighting as a feature in new residential fixture designs. You will work one-on-one with the Light & Health Research Center (LHRC) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City to develop new fixtures for your product line as well as lighting design recommendations to improve sleep, health and well-being. 


This effort involves the idea of “circadian lighting” or how light can be used to provide the bright days and dark nights that are needed to entrain strong circadian rhythms people need for healthy sleep. The ALA is working with Dr. Mark Rea, co-director of the LHRC and Jennifer Brons (Jen), LHRC staff, who is a lighting designer and educator with some 20 years of lighting design experience.


Several ALA manufacturers are already involved. To join, please contact Jennifer Brons at 518-961-0779 or to set up an online appointment. If you would prefer to have ALA also involved in that initial meeting, Terry McGowan, ALA’s Director of Engineering, can be included. Contact Terry at 216-570-2686 or


Those manufacturers who wish to be involved will jointly fund a $50K contract between the ALA and the LHRC. To participate in the program, larger manufacturers will be asked to contribute $5,000 and smaller manufacturers will be asked to contribute $2,500. We believe there are significant benefits for the lighting industry moving forward to be able to quantify standards relating to light and health.


Each participating manufacturer will work with the LHRC separately on fixture designs and will receive a written report and photometric evaluation of prototype fixtures. In order to move forward with this partnership, we need 10 to 12 ALA-member manufacturers involved. Currently, seven have expressed interest.


You have probably noticed an increase in information about light and health and, more specifically, circadian-effective lighting. It is being covered in lighting trade press articles, presented in webinars, and appearing on conference programs. As an introduction to the subject, check out ALA’s new podcast series “That’s Brilliant.” Episode 1 is titled “Bright Days, Dark Nights” where ALA’s Raelle Bell and Liz Ware learn about circadian lighting from the LHRC experts. Click here to listen.


2022 is already on track to be a year of change with new ideas and products, as those who attended the January Lightovation have reported. Take this opportunity to learn how this new approach to residential lighting can be part of your product line – and your business.



Eric Jacobson

President and CEO

American Lighting Association  




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