The first half of Eunice Noell-Waggoner’s professional career involved interior and lighting design for public buildings and commercial spaces. The second half of her career has been focused on addressing the needs of older adults, especially focused on lighting for aging vision and health, through the Center of Design for an Aging Society, a not-for-profit organization she founded.
She was the founding Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IES) Lighting for Older Adults and the Low Vision Population Committee, and continues to serve on the IES Committee contributing to the update of ANSI/IES RP-28-20 Lighting and the Visual Environment for Older Adults and the Visually Impaired.
In 2017 she stimulated the formation of collaborative research teams to study the impact of LED light and daylight to address circadian disruption in memory care and nursing home residents. The first research project included Brown University School of Public Health Long-Term Care Quality and Innovation Center, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Center of Design for an Aging Society, and the ACC Care Center in Sacramento, CA. The findings have been published on the Department of Energy’s website and in Seniors Housing and Care Journal 2020.