Bachner Named National Lighting Bureau Chief of Staff

John P. Bachner has been appointed executive director of the National Lighting Bureau.
Established in 1976, the Bureau is an independent, not-for-profit, lighting-education organization sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers, utilities, and agencies of the U.S. government.
Bachner has served as the Bureau's communications director since 1976, providing service via Bachner Communications, Inc., a business communication firm that also manages trade associations, professional societies, foundations, and other not-for-profit entities. According to Bureau Chair Howard P. Lewis (Lighting Alternatives, Inc.), "Since 'day one,' the executive director duties have been provided voluntarily by two of the Bureau's founding sponsors: the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Now we're gearing up for more activity than ever before - including National Lighting Week - and the effort required would simply be too much to ask of volunteers. We know John and his staff are eminently capable of doing everything the Bureau needs, and certainly no one has more institutional knowledge than John. Thirty-four years is a long time."
For his part, Bachner could not be more pleased. "I'm delighted to be of service to the Bureau and to the nation's lighting community," he said. "No other organization I'm aware of does a better job of creating more public awareness of and appreciation for lighting. Still, despite our efforts, all too many people take lighting for granted, even though it has an incalculable impact on our lifestyle and standard of living. Lighting opens up a world that would otherwise be shrouded in darkness and shadows. It affects how we perceive things both indoors and outdoors. It affects our safety, our security, worker productivity, mood, and health. The value of the benefits good lighting provides - fewer visual errors, faster human performance, fewer accidents and injuries, lower insurance costs, increased building values - is hundreds of times greater than its costs. Lighting creates real value.
A graduate of Harvard University, Bachner established his firm in 1971. He has had more than 2,500 articles and columns published in hundreds of periodicals. He has authored more than 250 books, manuals, and guides. He is also a well-known speaker and instructor.

National Lighting Bureau sponsors include

    * enLIGHTen America;
    * GE Lighting Industrial Technology, Inc.;
    * Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES);
    * interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO);
    * Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.;
    * Magnaray;
    * National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA);
    * National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA);
    * Philips Lighting Company;
    * Philips Lighting Electronics (makers of Philips Advance-branded ballasts); and
    * U.S. General Services Administration.
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