Retired – James Brodrick – A Leading Voice for SSL Adoption

Dr. James R. Brodrick—lighting program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) —has retired after 23 years of DOE service. Brodrick was the architect of a US federal strategy to accelerate the development and adoption of solid-state lighting (SSL) technology. His vision and innovative planning laid the groundwork to continually move the technology and industry to the highest levels of energy efficiency and lighting quality possible, resulting in maximum energy savings from the new technology. Drawing on extensive technical and market knowledge gained from his education, private sector experience and many years of DOE service, Brodrick designed a comprehensive DOE SSL program that encompassed research, development and market introduction strategies.

With DOE, he developed many innovative programs in research and market transformation, including the CALiPER testing program and the LED Lighting Facts database. His SSL program has encompassed almost 290 R&D projects, resulting in more than 290 patents applied for or awarded since DOE first began funding SSL R&D in 2000.

Under Brodrick’s tenure, DOE leadership and technical support also drove the development of new industry standards and test procedures needed to accommodate the technical differences between SSL and traditional light sources, including LM-79, LM-80 and TM-30.

More than 35 workshops were convened that each drew hundreds of lighting experts from across the U.S. and around the world, to engage partners in open, interactive discussions that informed DOE planning. The DOE SSL R&D Plan, updated annually with inputs from the lighting community, is widely referenced by industry and government both in the U.S. and abroad.

Brodrick’s work has led to changes that have already resulted in significant energy savings both in the US and around the world. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Julie Allen

18 Dec