The Lighting R&D Program engages with hundreds of research partners, from universities and national laboratories to large companies and small start-ups. Partners are heavily involved in program planning via annual workshops, ongoing working groups, and topical meetings.

Three key partnerships support Lighting R&D Program activities:

  • The Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA) partners with DOE to enhance the manufacturing and commercialization focus of the DOE portfolio by utilizing the expertise of this organization of SSL manufacturers. Learn more.
  • The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) partners with DOE to work collaboratively to improve the quality and efficiency of lighting through science and engineering. Learn more.
  • The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) partners with DOE to provide their professional designers and specifiers with specific, actionable technical information they can use to ask tough questions of their vendors, and thereby exert significant influence on technology development. Learn more.

In addition to the research partnerships created via annual competitive funding opportunities, the Lighting R&D Program funds advanced lighting research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where the team collaborates with universities, institutes, other national laboratories, and individual researchers to support specific studies or study elements. Field research project teams revolve around lighting installations in buildings, facilities, municipalities, or other properties and typically involve building owners/operators, lighting designers, specifiers, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, and electric utility or energy-efficiency sponsors in some cases. Lighting product and system evaluations in PNNL labs or test beds involve lighting and auxiliary equipment purchased through normal market channels or donated or lent by technology developers and manufacturers. 

The Lighting R&D Program also collaborates with other federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and more.