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John Bachner Retires From National Lighting Bureau

John Bachner Retires From National Lighting Bureau

ROSSLYN, Va., April 11, 2019 — John Bachner, Founder and Executive Director of the National Lighting Bureau, is retiring after 43 years.   John started the NLB in 1976 in response to the energy crises. His initial goal was to focus less on energy consumption and more toward quality of light—a goal that is even more important today. John has published hundreds of press releases, magazine articles and handbooks on High-Benefit Lighting®, which is defined as efficient lighting designed to optimize human performance, health, safety, and commerce.

Raymond E. “Ray” Kasmark, Jr. Chairman of the NLB, stated, “John’s passion and dedication for the NLB is one of the main reasons I became involved with the organization. He will be truly missed and the NLB owes him a debt of gratitude, which cannot be measured.”

Randy Reid, Editor of the EdisonReport, will replace Mr. Bachner as Executive Director. Reid stated, “In the past 43 years, John has accomplished more success promoting the quality of light than anyone I have ever met.” He went on to say, “Most lighting organizations do a great job of talking to each other—all within the industry. John focused the NLB’s efforts on the end user executive, who has the authority to make the best overall lighting decision.”

At a dinner to honor his service, Mr. Bachner commented, “We worked to create an awareness that there is more to light than just light.”

Mr. Bachner will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in Philadelphia on May 20th. Tickets are still available at

The National Lighting Bureau is an independent, IRS-recognized not-for-profit, educational foundation that has served as a trusted lighting-information source. The Bureau provides its services to the public free of charge, thanks to the generous funding of the organization’s sponsors which include professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government, including:

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