Lighting Science Appoints Jon Brody as Senior Director of Retail Sales

WEST WARWICK, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lighting Science®, a global leader in next-generation LED lighting solutions, today announced the appointment of Jon Brody as Senior Director of Retail Sales. Brody comes to Lighting Science following senior positions at consumer electronics leaders Binatone (a licensee of Motorola) and Jawbone. In his new role, Brody will assume responsibility for expanding the company’s retail channels nationwide.

jon-brody-lighting-science-led-lighting-technology“Lighting Science has a long history of bringing technologically-innovative lighting products to market,” said Lighting Science Chief Executive Officer Ed Bednarcik. “We invest heavily in research and engineering with nearly 400 lighting technology patents as a result. We’re excited to bring on a high-caliber retail leader like Jon Brody to help Lighting Science find new markets for our truly differentiated consumer products, such as our HealthE™ lighting series and the recently released Durabulb™.”

According to Bednarcik, the company’s patent-protected HealthE lighting series was originally developed with NASA to help regulate circadian rhythms for astronauts serving on the International Space Station.

“Light’s impact upon human, animal and plant biology is actually very profound,” said Bednarcik. “By scientifically-engineering light spectrum, we can create unique lighting solutions capable of delivering a broad range of biological benefits, ranging from improved sleep to performance enhancement. With Jon’s help, we look forward to being able to make these benefits available to a broader range of consumers in the near future.”

“Over the past year, I’ve seen increasing awareness of the biological impact of light on health and wellness and on the environment,” says Brody. “The opportunity to forge new retail partnerships and present these innovative products to a broader market is a strategy that goes beyond product sales — it’s about equipping more consumers with lighting solutions that can positively impact their lives and the lives of their families.”

About Lighting Science

Lighting Science (OTCQB:LSCG) is a global leader in innovative LED lighting solutions that designs, manufactures and brings to market advanced, intelligent products for consumer and commercial applications. We are committed to using the science of light to improve the lives and health of people and our planet by inventing breakthrough, biologically-friendly LED lamps and lighting fixtures. Lighting Science is headquartered in West Warwick, RI, with research and development facilities in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and offices in China. Find out more about us and our products at www.lsgc.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Lighting Science Blog.

Contacts

Lighting Science
Dustin O’Neal or Alexandra Polier, 917-693-2768
press@lsgc.com

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Shift Workers Beware: Blue Light at the Wrong Time Can Make You Sick

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Lack of Sleep Kills! It’s as simple as that. You would be amazed at the associated disease, injury, accidents, and deaths that our society is experiencing due to lack of sleep. Our “24/7” work, travel, and recreational lifestyles prove very challenging for a restful and sleep enhanced life. This is especially true for shift workers who comprise more than 20% of the primary care patient population.

Millions of Shift Workers at Risk of Circadian Rhythm Desynchronization

The term “shift work” describes regular employment outside the normal daytime hours (9am-5pm).  While most of us are sleeping soundly in our beds, there are millions of workers on shifts in the dark of night, including truck drivers, policemen and healthcare professionals.  If these folks could sleep well when their shifts end–which is when most of us are waking up–they would live longer, happier and healthier lives.  Unfortunately, that is not usually the case.

Shift workers experience misalignment between their individual sleep pattern and societal norms.  They often try to spend time with their families when they should be asleep–or simply have difficulty sleeping when they need to.  In fact, U.S. shift workers average 5-10 hours less sleep per week than non-shift workers, and this chronic sleep loss affects their health, social activities and family life.[1]

The consequences of insomnia and shift work on society and our workforce are well documented and include:

  • sleepiness
  • fatigue
  • performance decrements
  • mood disturbances
  • problems with interpersonal relationships
  • occupational difficulties
  • reduced quality of life
  • accidents, and
  • exacerbations and/or increased prevalence of chronic medical and psychiatric conditions.

Fortunately, strategies including light technologies are being developed to help improve shift-workers’ lives.

Blue Light Keeps Our Brains on High Alert

Natural sunlight, most artificial lighting, TVs, computer screens and even mobile phones contain high levels of blue light spectrum, which has a huge impact on our wakefulness.  It turns out that blue-enriched light frequencies of light keep our brains on high alert by suppressing production of the sleep hormone melatonin.  As a result, when we’re exposed to light with high levels of blue frequency, we perform at a higher cognitive level and are less likely to fall asleep.

And therein lies the problem. Blue-enriched light exposure is great for most of us during the day and for shift workers at night when they need to perform.  But blue-enriched light is bad for both shift workers and non-shift workers when they’re trying to fall asleep–no matter what time of day or night it is.

The Right Light Exposure Can Help

Controlling the light we are exposed to at certain times of day, can make a big difference in on-the-job performance, especially for those who work the night shift.  In fact, this may be the most important aspect of sleep/rest management for shift workers.  This population experiences the most dramatic circadian shift as they literally operate on an inverted day/night schedule, which is opposite of the norm for the rest of us.

In order to get better sleep, shift workers should work under blue light at night when they need to be alert and perform.  When their shift is over, continued blue light exposure is okay until a few hours before they need to go to sleep.  At that point, if light is still necessary, shift workers should switch to a light that has been scientifically-engineered to remove most of the blue light spectrum, such as the Good Night® bulb by Lighting Science.  Their brains will register the blue-depleted environment as darkness, which will help their body produce melatonin in preparation for sleep.

Other Strategies for Shift Workers

In addition to controlling the blue light exposure, other strategies may help manage fatigue and improve shift workers’ health and well-being.  These include:

  • forward (later/delayed) shifting of rotating schedules
  • optimal timing of meetings/office work involving the night shift
  • posture manipulations/exercise
  • use of pharmacologic alerting agents (e.g. caffeine)
  • reinforcing good sleep-hygiene practices, and
  • taking prophylactic or strategic naps and controlled rest breaks.

Finally, it may be a good idea to consult with a board certified Sleep Medicine Specialist to properly screen for possible sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, shift worker sleep disorder, and others).

Further development of therapeutic and operational solutions for shift workers present both a challenge–and a much needed opportunity–for society and for the medical profession.

The bottom line, light is medicine!

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Light Spectrum and the International Space Station

By identifying the light frequencies that enhance our alertness, scientists have paved the way for the development of lighting technology that can either deliver or filter those “wake up” frequencies so we can stay awake or get to sleep when we need to.

In fact, this is exactly what is being deployed in the coming weeks on NASA’s International Space Station (ISS).  Our astronauts on the ISS are traveling at 17,500 miles per hour and are experiencing a sunrise and sunset every 45 minutes, which kind of makes them the ultimate shift worker.

We are excited to have light spectrum technologies aboard the ISS to help regulate our astronauts’ circadian rhythms–and look forward to future innovations in biological LED lighting.

shift-workers-smith-l-johnston-nasa-blue-light-doctorSmith L. Johnston, III, MD, MS,

Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine from the American College of Preventive Medicine

Note: Dr. Johnston is a Medical Advisor to Lighting Science.

 

 

 

 

 


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Osram-Sylvania and Hubbell Lighting Enter into New Patent License Agreements with Lighting Science

WEST WARWICK, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Lighting Science® (OTCQB:LSCG), a global leader in next-generation LED lighting solutions, today announced the signing of new perpetual patent license agreements with Osram-Sylvania Inc. and Hubbell Lighting, a division of Hubbell Incorporated. These new license agreements cover Lighting Science’s ‘968 patent family and apply to Osram-Sylvania’s and Hubbell’s respective low profile retrofit downlight products. The ‘968 patent family embodies Lighting Science’s first-to-market technology regarding a low profile luminaire for retrofit application. This technology was first introduced in Lighting Science’s groundbreaking Glimpse® flush mount retrofit downlight.

glimpse-led-downlight-lighting-science“As a leading provider of innovative lighting products, Hubbell is pleased to be able to license Lighting Science’s innovative downlight technology, which will bring significant value to our customers,” said Kevin Poyck, Group President for Hubbell Lighting.

Osram-Sylvania and Hubbell are the latest companies to join Lighting Science’s patent licensing program. Others include Cree, Cooper, Green Creative, Cordelia Lighting, USA Light and Electric, and Hyperikon. Lighting Science holds nearly 400 U.S. and foreign patents covering the fields of biologically adjusted and corrected lighting, light spectrum control, micro-electric optics, advances in roadway infrastructure, and various other lighting form factors.

“We are proud to welcome Osram-Sylvania and Hubbell to the growing list of licensees under our ‘968 patent licensing program,” said Ed Bednarcik, Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Science. “Having industry leaders like Osram-Sylvania and Hubbell join our program reflects the value and importance of our ever expanding patent portfolio.”

About Lighting Science

Lighting Science (OTCQB:LSCG) is a global leader in innovative LED lighting solutions that designs, manufactures and brings to market advanced, intelligent products for consumer and commercial applications. We are committed to using the science of light to improve the lives and health of people and our planet by inventing breakthrough, biologically-friendly LED lamps and lighting fixtures. Lighting Science is headquartered in West Warwick, RI, with research and development facilities in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and offices in China. Find out more about us and our products at www.lsgc.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Lighting Science Blog.

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