UL Brings Together Designers, Architects and Manufacturers at ‘Full of Light Experience’ to Explore the Impact of Lighting Technology

UL, a global safety science leader, will host the “Full of Light Experience” event in Milan, Italy, on April 15th – bringing together designers, architects, buyers, manufacturers and others invested in lighting technology and design.


As a patron sponsor of the United Nation’s International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), UL is hosting the “Full of Light Experience” event to help bring attention to the positive effects of light on life today since optical fibers, lasers, LEDs, microprocessors and other applications of photonic technology play a vital role in the home and workplace.

From output and luminosity to distribution and quality, individuals in the lighting community have differing requirements of lighting technology. The ‘Full of Light Experience’ brings creative professionals and technologists into one room to learn from each other, uncover their unique needs and help ensure the best selection of emerging technologies. As a company committed to safety, sustainability and innovation, we’re delighted to host this event in the heart of the internationally renowned city of design.

Roberto Inclinati, Business Development Manager at UL

“Full of Light” will create a collaborative setting where designers and manufacturers alike can explore the physical properties of light and discuss how it impacts building aesthetics, the environment and sustainability, and human health and well-being.

The event will also bring attention to human-centric lighting – an approach that incorporates how light affects people’s mood, rhythms, visual acuity and performance, while addressing the effects on the surrounding environment, energy usage and overall impact on sustainability. Experts on this approach will discuss its merits at the event.

Light technology has revolutionized industries and has immense potential to solve wide-scale problems faced by humanity. As a global leader in lighting research and science, UL is bringing its expertise to this important global initiative.

Joseph Niemela, Global Coordinator of the IYL 2015 Secretariat

The UN proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light to focus attention on the impact of light-based technologies on sustainable development, and promote solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. IYL 2015 programs encourage improving public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world by bringing together stakeholders such as scientific societies, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.

Backed by UL, “Full of Light” is supported by several lighting and furniture associations, including AIDI, Apil, Assil, Assodel, Assoluce, Lighting Europe, Federlegno Arredo, FEMB, U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Council Italia. Executives from UNESCO, Assil, Federlegno and USGBC will deliver remarks at the event. Additionally, UL will showcase lighting and furniture projects from around the world to highlight the impact quality lighting plays in different spaces. More information about the Full of Light Experience event is available at: http://italy.ul.com/en/full-of-light/

UL supports the global lighting industry with testing and certification services in more than 50 countries. Its safety science expertise, worldwide reach, and active involvement in the lighting industry helps those in the lighting supply chain make informed decisions, gain access to new markets and meet regulatory requirements.

About UL

UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain.

For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Brooke Higginbotham
UL Public Relations Specialist

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015