We know what the future holds.

3D printing will explode the DIY market, charity will move into the mobile gaming space, and most excitingly for us, light technologies will be made a global priority.

Why? UNESCO (and the General Assembly of the United Nations) has proclaimed 2015 to be the International Year of Light.

Here’s a little snippet of the United Nations resolution that shows the breadth of light’s benefits to our world:

The applications of light science and technology are vital for existing and future advances in, inter alia, medicine, energy, information and communications, fibre optics, agriculture, mining, astronomy, architecture, archaeology, entertainment, art and culture, as well as many other industries and services, and that light-based technologies contribute to the fulfilment of internationally agreed development goals, including by providing access to information and increasing societal health and well-being,

Throughout the new year, 50 countries will be hosting events related to light—everything from an Optics in Cardiology talk in The Netherlands to a Light Sensors conference in Cameroon to a fun festival of lights in Cuba.

The global reach of this movement is thrilling. One of our biggest obstacles in championing bright light’s health benefits is a lack of public awareness. People know why exercise is good for them, or nutrition, or ample sleep, but few know about the crucial need for bright light.

2015 will be a year of change for light education. We will learn, collectively, that unlocking our doors and going outside can improve not only our physical health, but also our mental health. And even if millions can’t calculate lux algorithms in their head, no need to worry—SunSprite’s got that covered.

To join UNESCO’s International Year of Light conversation, use #IYL2015.