Lighting for Reading: Designing an LED Luminaire for Homes and Offices

EPA Grant Number: SU834340
Title: Lighting for Reading: Designing an LED Luminaire for Homes and Offices
Investigators: Drab, Theodore , Hebert, Paulette , Stall-Meadows, Celia
Current Investigators: Drab, Theodore
Institution: Oklahoma State University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2010
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2009) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Energy , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Energy waste from traditional incandescent light bulbs was reduced by fluorescent lamps, but they pose a threat to the environment due to the mercury in each tube and disposal issues. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide superior energy efficiency, longer life, toxin-free components, and low cost, but the ability of the technology to totally replace incandescent and fluorescent light sources is yet to be fully realized. Addressing innovative green building initiatives, this project takes one step, designing LED lighting to be used for reading in the home and office setting.


To develop a selection of luminaires suitable to either residential or commercial environments.


Students will address commercial space issues, learn about sustainability, and study lighting design in three courses while completing the design process. The completed prototypes will be publicly exhibited, and feedback from exhibition attendees will be collected and analyzed.

Expected Results:

The development of innovative solutions to the problem of effectively illuminating printed material for reading, utilizing materials and processes responsive to the Cradle to Cradle paradigm

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report