Sep 16, 2020

Lighting for Seniors and the Visually Impaired Committee


Committee Purpose, Scope And Documents


This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in eldercare facilities and senior living environments.


Included subject matter: The scope emphasizes vision, comfort, and independence for populations with aging or low vision. It engages in activities such as outreach to senior care organizations, state and national regulatory agencies, and professional organizations involved in the development of standards for senior living environments. Research scope includes the dual function of the human eye for vision and circadian entrainment in relation to aging, particularly the timing, duration, color, and intensity of the circadian stimulus for seniors. Excluded subject matter: This committee does not cover the illumination of related public areas outside the industrial project limitations.


Committee Leadership

– Greg Guarnaccia

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Greg Guarnaccia is The founder and principal designer of DoublEdge Design LLC, Greg Guarnaccia, has been practicing lighting design for over 25 years. With a broad base of experience, he has been involved with a variety of project types from mid-rise commercial and residential buildings to mixed-use projects, schools, houses of worship, hotels, entrainment & retail centers, museums and performing arts centers. He is currently a board member of the Baltimore Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society and is an active member of two IES national committees; Lighting For The Aged & Partially Sighted for which he serves as the chair and Theatre, TV & Film Lighting. Greg is also a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Low Vision Design Committee where he has contributed to the creation of their first low vision design guideline the “Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment”. Greg also represents the IES on the International Code Council’s A117.1 committee that updates the ICC A117.1 “Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities” document. Mr. Guarnaccia is an adjunct professor teaching lighting design at Morgan State University and Anne Arundel Community College.


– Erin Schambureck

Members (Voting)

  • Paul Mercier
  • Peping Dee
  • Linda J. Sanford
  • Amy Keller
  • Eunice Noell-Waggoner
  • Mariel Acevedo
  • Sarah J. Fisher
  • Rebecca Hadley-Catter
  • Joan E. Roberts
  • Kassandra C. Gonzales
  • James Radi
  • Anthony J. Randazzo
  • Doug S. Walter
  • Szucheng CHIEN
  • Asha L. Hegde-Niezgoda
  • Octavio L. Perez

Advisory Members (Non-Voting)

  • Larry Weinstein
  • Deborah Burnett
  • Mary Beth Gotti
  • Lynn Davis
  • David Wilburn
  • Nastaran Shishegar
  • David G. Rubin
  • S Choi
  • Margaret E. Fowler-McDowell
  • Colleen M. Peach

Advisory Panel Liaisons

Board Liaisons

Staff Liaisons

  • Patricia A. McGillicuddy
  • Zoe Milgram
  • Dan Ozminkowski