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New Lighting History Blog

New Lighting History Blog

Self-professed lighting nerd and historian Frank Grobmeier recently launched an illuminating look back at the lighting industry’s historical and little-known facts with his blog Radiant History ( The blog unveils tales of luminosity and delves into the evolution of light throughout the ages. From candles and oil lamps to the birth of solid-state luminaries, Radiant History sheds light on the little-known stories behind the people, events, and technology.

“I’ve spent over 30 years of my life working for lighting manufacturers, helping on IES committees, and managing businesses in many different general and specialty lighting channels, and I have seen the lighting business navigate disruptive technologies and evolve beyond my wildest imagination,” said Grobmeier. “However, the great successes in modern illumination cannot be celebrated without a full understanding of the humble beginnings from which we’ve come.”

In addition to Radiant History’s main blog, there is also a section called Radiant Rewind, which features what Grobmeier calls “snapshots in time” and gives short but interesting facts about events in our lighting past, such as when the Empire State Building first turned on its lights or when the first night baseball game was played under the lights.

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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