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From everyone at JML Optical, we cordially invite you to join us on May 16th to celebrate the third annual International Day of Light!

What Is the International Day of Light?

The International Day of Light (IDL) was first observed on May 16th, 2018 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This specific date was chosen as it is the yearly anniversary of the first successful operation of a laser.

The annual event is part of a global initiative to express appreciation for light and recognize its importance in our day-to-day lives. Its broad theme and focus enable people and parties from various sectors of society across the world to participate in its activities, all of which “demonstrate how science, technology, art, and culture can help achieve the goals of the organization—education, equality, and peace”. 

In normal times, hundreds of in-person events would be scheduled to take place around the world. These include conferences and competitions. However, due to COVID-19, any events this year are likely to have limited attendance capacity or a virtual setting. Follow the hashtag #LightDay2021 on social media to keep up with live and online events, contests, and more.  

Importance of the International Day of Light to the Optics Industry

Optics are essential to the operation of many devices and systems in the industrial and consumer sectors. Since all of these components and assemblies rely on light to operate and perform as intended, it is no surprise that companies within the optics industry heartily celebrate the International Day of Light.

By highlighting the role of light in both professional and personal applications, the IDL draws attention to the various light-based (optical) technologies available, such as: 

  • Astronomy equipment
  • Biometric security systems
  • Communication systems
  • Defense systems
  • Displays
  • Image processors
  • Laptops and smartphones
  • LED lighting
  • Medical imaging
  • Microscopes
  • Robotics
  • Semiconductors

As a result, it drives interest in scientific and technological innovation. This is essential to ensuring upcoming generations continue to develop solutions for the challenges that arise in a continuously changing modern world.  

Join JML Optical in Celebrating the International Day of Light!

At JML Optical, we’ve designed and manufactured optical and optomechanical solutions for customers in a wide range of industries for almost 50 years. This experience, combined with our world-class design engineering department, an advanced lean manufacturing center, clean room assembly capabilities for complex builds, and a helpful and highly technical project support team, enables us to deliver an appropriate solution for nearly any optical challenge. 

Throughout our years in business, we’ve come to understand the importance of light in daily life. That’s why our team is happy to celebrate the International Day of Light this year and in the future. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the work we do and the many products and processes that are made possible because of it. We look forward to bringing more attention to the industry and spreading the word about the many career opportunities available in this field. 

To learn more about how JML may be able to help you, contact us today. If you already know what you need from us, request a quote