Meeting of the (Green) Minds at Greenbuild 2016

Getting ready to roll at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles, CA!

Getting ready to roll at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles, CA!

One of the things that I am most humbled by professionally is being able to work for a company that not only is dedicated to inventing innovative, life-changing LED products, but one that is also committed to making a truly positive impact on our environment and the world around us. It’s a core tenant we take pretty seriously at Lighting Science. As a company, we are driven by a vision of a future where our world can be a healthier and more sustainable place that is impacted directly through the products we create. Each one of us is tasked to look at our products, processes and environment and see how we can make it better. How can we create something that is not only beautiful and functional in an environment, but how can we make that environment and those in it healthier?  It’s one of the many inspiring perks of working alongside so many dynamic industry thought leaders and engineers and can make working daily with what some would call “a simple light bulb” very rewarding.

Recently, I had the opportunity to head to Los Angeles, CA to attend the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is the largest trade-show and conference in the world dedicated exclusively to the green building movement. This global event brings together 20,000+ industry experts, visionaries, manufacturers and individuals to learn, see, educate and connect on the topic of sustainability in the built environment. As a manufacturer, I found it to be a unique experience to connect with companies and individuals who share our passion for “greening” the building industry and changing the way we look and see things in the future.

First Impressions

Walking through the doors of the convention center the first day, I can tell you the buzz was palpable. The trade show floor was buzzing with excitement and I was blown away by the sheer variety and magnitude of the assortment of vendors. Over 550 vendors from all building areas displaying eco-friendly designs, ideas, products and supplies on the show floor. From LED lighting to kitchen finishes to sustainable vertical farming solutions to a green “Home of the Future” – every sector and potential building and design product imaginable was represented. To take it even one step further, I noticed even the smallest details of the show’s resources had been thought out from a sustainability factor, to include a request for little to no printed materials, boxed water and eco-friendly tools throughout the show floor. Also, when walking the exhibit hall and talking to others who were exhibiting, it was clear that their commitment to designing and manufacturing sustainable and eco-friendly solutions was at the core of their design efforts and beliefs.

This was also evident in the educational sessions. Unlike a typical tradeshow where many people attending are there to merely walk the show and not truly “engage”, Greenbuild had a very different kind of energy. The attendees I met were green-educated or true green-champions in many cases, passionate on the subject of sustainable building, and they were there to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences as much as to learn and take something away from the show. Conversations were thoughtful and I learned just as much as I shared. Additionally, one of the things that impressed me was that people were not just talking about current trends or products, but thinking and providing solutions for the future and what a green building environment, and world, might look like 5,10 or even 50 years down the road.

Making our Mark

The Lighting Science booth at Greenbuild 2016

The Lighting Science booth at Greenbuild 2016

Lighting Science had a booth in the Health and Wellness pavilion, showcasing our HealthE™ biological LED lighting solutions, our VividGro™ Grow Light technology, and our commercial LSPro line of products. With all the recent research and news surrounding the negative effects of blue light on the human body, our HealthE™ lights fit right into many of the concerns of show-goers – How can we create indoor living spaces that are beautiful as well as healthy for us. Our GoodDay™/Awake and Alert™ and GoodNight™ were popular as many attendees who stopped by were interested in creating living environments that were healthy as well as integrated and sustainable. Another big hit with the builders and designers was our Durabulb™ – a shatter-resistant LED lamp that is lightweight, provides amazing light and can be used in a variety of often challenging environments.  This lamp is perfect for garages, stairwells and a variety of rugged environments. It also is manufactured with less materials and comes in re-useable buckets. It was a busy few days for our team, but we had the opportunity to meet and connect with a variety of industry peers and experts who shared our passion for changing the way we look at the built environment.

As the trade-show came to a close, and I headed back home, I had several hours to reflect on the impact the show had on me. Greenbuild 2016 was more of an experience than a traditional trade show, featuring a variety of people and resources that were just as passionate about making tangible changes that can affect our world as I was. It was more than a 4-day conference. It was more than a simple trade show or learning session. I realized that it was really a movement of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who come together to create a more sustainable and green world for all of us. It was a show that was focused as much on education and learning as it was on networking and complete market transformation. I left looking at things a little differently, inspired and excited about many of the opportunities and ideas we had shared as a group and as individuals, and looking forward to learning more next year at Greenbuild 2017!

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genesis_coolpic_popsci_2New York City, NY (October 19, 2016) – LED powerhouse Lighting Science® is proud to announce that their innovative biological LED lamp, the Genesis DynaSpectrum, has been named a Best of What’s New 2016 product in the Home Category by Popular Science magazine. The magazine’s yearly round-up reviews thousands of new products in the science, home and technology spheres to determine just 100 winners that represent “a significant step forward” in their respective category.

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” says Kevin Gray, Executive Editor, Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”

The Genesis DynaSpectrum is the world’s first commercially-available luminaire focused on improving the user’s health and productivity. The Genesis emits a spectrum of light that mimics daylight and twilight to regulate the body’s natural circadian rhythm 24/7. The lamp dynamically changes, with or without user interaction, between Lighting Science’s biological LED spectrums, GoodDay – to enhance natural energy and focus – and GoodNight – to promote a healthy and restorative sleep.

“Beware of the imitators who claim to achieve health & wellness, sleep, and productivity benefits using old fashioned ‘color temperature’ shifting methods,” says Fred Maxik, Chief Technology Officer and founder of Lighting Science. “Our Genesis platform and its DynaSpectrum light engine is the first all-in-one HealthE lighting solution in the world. DynaSpectrum allows us to deliver a biologically-optimized spectrum of light for every time of the day – on demand.”

The Genesis DynaSpectrum technology is so effective at regulating circadian rhythms that NASA is installing a customized version on the International Space Station this fall, where astronauts experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. The Genesis also makes for the ideal desk light or bedside table lamp. On-board sensors monitor local air quality to assist in improved breathing, allergy-relief, cognitive function and sleep. The unit comes with multiple control options, an easy, app-based color/spectrum setting, and can be switched to auto-mode to sync GoodDay and GoodNight spectrums to your local time anywhere in the world.

The November/December Best of 2016 issue of Popular Science is now available at newsstands everywhere.

Check out the Genesis DynaSpectrum Online.

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 and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Lighting Science Blog.

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7 Sure Fire Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Better

Baby Sleep

Help your baby sleep through the night faster by taking easy steps to set his or her body clock.

Sleep. New parents just can’t get enough of it. In fact, the average new parent loses about two hours of sleep a night until their baby hits 5 months and about one hour of sleep a night until their baby turns two. That’s an incredible 350 hours of sleep deprivation during baby’s first year alone! Is it any wonder that so many new parents feel like zombies?

As adults, our 24-hour circadian rhythm, or body clock, is influenced by daily exposure to cycles of light and dark. Waning light in the evening triggers production of the sleep hormone, melatonin, which makes us drowsy and helps us fall asleep at night. In the morning, sunlight triggers production of the hormone cortisol, which shuts down melatonin production and tells our bodies that it’s time to get going.

For babies, though, it’s a different story. It’s dark in the womb. Really dark. All the time. Infants do get time cues from their mothers while they are in utero, but for the first several months after birth, babies literally don’t know what time it is. It typically takes several months for their circadian rhythms to fully develop and for babies to begin to produce melatonin and cortisol on their own. That’s why newborns sleep in seemingly random bouts of three or four hours, which is roughly the amount of time that it takes for them to feed, digest and get hungry again.

Fortunately, there are several easy steps that new parents can take to help set their baby’s body clock as quickly as possible and help their children establish healthy, life-long sleeping habits.

Tip #1: Get Some Sunlight

Although it won’t be fully developed for several months, your baby’s circadian rhythm begins developing within just a few days after birth. Studies show that babies who are exposed to natural light during the day sleep better at night and adapt to a 24-hour time cycle faster than those who are only exposed to artificial indoor lights. Simple steps like letting the morning sun into the nursery will help your baby eventually learn to distinguish between day and night.

Tip # 2: Get Active

Activity is another great way to establish healthy day and night cues. As adults, we’re typically much more active during the day than we are at night. So don’t bother tip-toeing around the house when your baby is young. Go ahead, run the dishwasher, listen to music and talk in your outdoor voice. By going about your day as normal, you will start to get your baby used to the idea that daytime is our active time—while night is for rest.

Tip #3: Dim the Lights

Sometime around the third month, babies begin to naturally produce their own melatonin. When this happens, light starts to have a much stronger influence on sleep and wake cycles. At this age, exposure to light in the evening will suppress your baby’s melatonin production—and make it more difficult for them to fall asleep. Nobody wants that, so for at least an hour before their evening bedtime, make sure to reduce your baby’s exposure to all light sources, including cell phones, TVs, computers—even night lights.

Baby Sleep

Establishing a consistent routine is a critical step toward setting your baby’s body clock.


Tip #4: Establish a Sleep Routine

Establishing a regular feeding, activity and sleeping routine will make setting your baby’s biological clock much easier. Babies love routine. Love it. Remember: babies are still trying to make sense of

the world, so they like to know exactly what is going to happen, in what order and when. Start establishing your newborn’s routine by doing the same thing, in the same order, every day. Eat, activity, sleep, repeat. Once they get the hang of that, start putting your baby down for naps and bedtime at the same time every day so that they get into the rhythm of feeling drowsy at that time.

Tip #5: Teach Your Baby to Self-Sooth

I learned this one the hard way. When my daughter was an infant, I had to practically do a Broadway show every night in order to get her to go to sleep. There was storytelling. There were lullabies. There was rocking. There were dance routines.

Then one night while at a friend’s house for dinner, she excused herself to put her baby to bed—and was back in about two minutes. What? I begged her for her secret, which as it turned out was very simple. Unlike me, she had taught her baby to self sooth. At bedtime, she simply put him down in his crib, turned out the light and left him to relax himself. No muss, no fuss. A few years later when my son was born, I followed her cue—and it worked like a charm. He’s 14 now and has always been a great sleeper.

I’m not suggesting that it’s a bad thing to rock your baby or sing them a lullaby before putting them to bed at night, but what I am suggesting is that by putting them down when they are sleepy, but not yet asleep, you will teach your baby how to fall asleep by him or herself—which is a life-long gift.


Be sure to only use a scientifically-engineered light like Sleepy Baby, which filters out stimulating blue light spectrum.

Tip #6: Lights Out at Night for Better Sleep

Once your baby is ready to fall asleep, turn off all light sources in their room. Contrary to popular belief, babies aren’t afraid of the dark. Remember, they just spent nine months happy and very contented in a nice, dark womb. It is actually healthiest for them to learn to sleep in complete darkness.

If you must have a light on in the nursery for things like a night feeding or diaper change, try using a scientifically-engineered light, like the Sleepy Baby® Nursery Light, which filters out stimulating blue light spectrum. Although Sleepy Baby provides more than enough soothing, warm light for nighttime activities, it emits very limited amounts of blue light spectrum, so your baby’s brain will register the light as darkness. Ultimately, this will make it easier for both you and your baby to fall back asleep.

Tip #7: Be Consistent

We are all creatures of habit. Think about how cranky you get when you miss your workout or have to skip that morning cup of coffee.

Babies are no different. We’ve all seen exhausted, crying babies and their equally frustrated parents at the shopping mall, in the airport, or at a restaurant. When parents throw their baby a curve ball by trying to squeeze in that one final errand before naptime, it throws their still developing circadian rhythms out of whack.

So, do yourself and your baby a favor—and stick to your routine. It won’t be convenient, but it will ultimately be worth it when they’re sleeping through the night—and so are you.



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