Secretary Moniz Named One of 10 Most Influential in Lighting

June 17, 2014

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was recently named #2 on Lux Review's list of the 10 most influential people in lighting. Moniz was the only non-industry “mover and shaker” on a list of industry leaders, behind Chuck Swoboda, CEO of Cree, and ahead of Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue LEDs that set in motion use of LEDs in general lighting, and co-founder of Soraa. The U.K.-based Lux Review article lauded “the U.S. Department of Energy, which the industry has to thank for establishing the ground rules for measuring and testing LEDs. With the US lighting society IESNA, it developed and popularised LM79 and LM80 that, to Europe's shame, have become the de facto global standards for the performance of LED kit and the life of LED sources respectively.”

Kudos to DOE partners IES and the other hardworking standards-setting organizations who formed the foundation for LED measurement and testing to facilitate accurate comparison of luminaire performance and lifetime. These unsung heroes of solid-state lighting continue to work with DOE to make it easier for buyers to select the best product for a given application, and are revisiting LM-79 with an eye to updating, refining, and revising—as is routinely done with technologies that haven't yet reached maturity.