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IESNYC Members to Speak at LEDucation

Following is a fantastic line up of IESNYC Members who will be sharing their expertise at LEDucation 2019. Their discussions will address Codes, Controls, and Lighting Design!


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LEDucation is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown: 1335 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave. between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)

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Assessing Connected Lighting Systems: What Works and How Do We Know?
Tuesday, March 12 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Dan Blitzer, The Practical Lighting Workshop and Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

For the last two years, The Next Generation Lighting Systems program has been assessing the actual installation, commissioning, and performance of “easy to install” connected lighting systems. This year, we report on observed and measured lighting and control performance, as well as user operation of the controls, for twelve systems installed in New York City.
Each system was designed to meet lighting and energy code requirements and installed to light its own space, making this the most robust evaluation of its kind. The evaluated systems that will be covered in the presentation include troffers, pendants and conversion kits, with luminaire-integrated and external control approaches.
Using evaluation notes, illuminance and luminance measurements, and “action” photography, and video clips, members of the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) evaluation team discuss what we learned – and what we didn’t. We will also identify key next steps – technical, design and communication – in the process of making lighting controls a larger and more effective part of the larger lighting market.


PANEL DISCUSSION – In the Dark: Emergency Lighting Requirements
Tuesday, March 12 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Anne Cheney, MFLD; Kyle MacKenzie, Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer P.C.; Steve Terry, ETC; Steven Zirinsky, Zirinsky Architecture

This presentation will discuss the current emergency lighting requirements in the NYC Building Code, including egress illumination, options for emergency power systems (generator, inverter, battery pack, EM lights), challenges when combining an architectural dimming system with an emergency power system, and the issues that LEDs present for emergency lighting. After the presentation, the panel will take questions from the audience.


Lighting Quality Metrics for Products and Projects
Tuesday, March 12 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Kate Sweater, Dwaal Lighting Design and Ute Besenecker, DesignLights Consortium

Quality-of-light metrics are available to evaluate and predict the lighting quality characteristics of luminaires, including color quality, distribution, and glare performance. Achieving high quality of light in the actual built environment, however, depends both on the quality of light delivered by the luminaire and the overall design and application of the project.
In this session the presenters will review and discuss a selection of quality metrics both at the luminaire and at the project level using several lighting project examples including retrofit and new construction. Using these examples, the session will illustrate the value of quality-of-light metrics both as tools for evaluating the potential lighting quality of a product, and for achieving good quality of light through lighting design and application. The session will also clarify when the use of specific quality metrics are appropriate, and where the limitations are.


PANEL DISCUSSION – Lighting Art
Tuesday, March 12 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Rachel Gibney, Available Light; Ted Mather, Available Light; Anita Jorgensen, Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design; Rick Shaver, Edison Price Lighting; Amy Nelson, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This panel discussion addresses the age-old question; should art be lit in the same light conditions that the artist created the piece, or should it be lit to look as good as it can? A panel made up of four diverse panelists from different backgrounds and all currently involved with the lighting design around art will share opinions revolved around this question. We will explore the philosophy as well as the technical aspects of lighting pieces ranging from ancient to modern art. This is an opinion-based conversation where different lighting designers with different perspectives will discuss their methods for lighting art. The purpose of the panel is to spread knowledge and critical thinking when it comes to lighting ancient art versus modern art as well as art that is meant to be sold vs art that is meant to be preserved. The panelists will be posed questions that are meant to drive a discussion about the different ways to light art both technically and philosophically. This discussion will be presented in conjunction with Women in Lighting Design.


Open Light Source: A Path Toward Lighting Design Activism
Tuesday, March 12 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Nathalie Rozot, PhoScope

Imagine lighting practice as activism. In this presentation, Nathalie Rozot will explain what differences rule project processes and product specifications in humanitarian actions versus typical lighting design projects, and how the nonprofit PhoScope proposes to scale-up humanitarian lighting design and education.
Light poverty is highly relevant to our field because it also starves populations from the qualities that result from lighting expertise, but social engagement in lighting lags behind other design and engineering fields and part of the problem is unfamiliarity. Ms. Rozot will explain how the off-grid market, product selection and QAQC processes differ from the commercial-grade architectural lighting market since solar-powered fixtures are often part of the solution in the absence of electricity, and she will show how successful projects result from community ownership and require strong local community organizations and effective team collaboration between designers and all local stakeholders.
PhoScope recently launched the Recreo de Noche program to rapidly deploy lighting on playgrounds in Puerto Rico as the preamble to its broader vision and strategy: bridge the lighting industry and light-starved communities. The initiative includes several Project Programs which are based on program-wide templates and offer multiple project opportunities, a Volunteer Training Program, and a framework to support teams with project logistics and open source databases and toolkits.
Many in the lighting field already support social engagement and excel at solving complex problems, accelerating innovation and engaging constituents. Now is the time to extend our expertise and share our knowledge, and become the lighting activists who lift lives and shift our industry’s culture.


Rethinking The Ceiling: A Lighting Perspective
Wednesday, March 13 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Clara Powell, Cooledge Lighting

This session poses the question: instead of being one of the final components added to the ceiling, what if lighting was the base element around which all other parts were added? Explore how the intersection of layered lighting, tunable color, acoustics, controls, integration, and human factors will revolutionize the way spaces are illuminated and the subjective experiences that can be created. What are the characteristics of integrated ceiling illumination systems? What benefits will they bring? Who will be responsible for specifying them? Where will the revolution start? And where will it end?


Get a Grip On Color Science
Wednesday, March 13 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Wendy Luedtke, ETC and Tony Esposito, Lyralux

What is ‘white’ light? How is it defined? What is Duv? How can products with the same CCT appear different? What exactly are MacAdam Ellipses? What is color rendering, holistically, and what are the drawbacks of CRI? What is a multi-metric system and what is IES TM-30-18? These questions, and many more, will be addressed in this comprehensive talk about color science. This session is designed for the lighting professional who finds it difficult to navigate the current state of color science and is looking to cut through the fog. This session will present technical information in an easy-to-digest manner and attendees will leave with a much stronger understanding of color science and associated metrics (many of which you may already use!). Current trends in color science research will be discussed, IES TM-30-18 Specification Guidance will be provided.
After this session, lighting professionals/specifiers will be better equipped to interpret colorimetric information and better suited to request color information from the manufacturers they work with. By increasing our understanding of color science, expanding our vocabulary, and fostering constructive dialogue about color specification, the quality of our lighting solutions will be enhanced and the overall benefit of lighting design will be elevated.


Why “Compatibility” is the Magic Word in Controlling LEDs
Wednesday, March 13 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Manny Feris, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Controlling LEDs today means dimming. Dimming LEDs is only easy when ‘Compatibility’ is 100%, and that is either a magical or an exacting process. Since most of us are not Harry Potter, that means...
1) there has to be an exact match between the LED module/engine and the driver — almost always done by the lighting fixture manufacturer
2) there has to be an exact compatibility match between the LED driver and the dimmer control — done by a variety of manufacturer/design/construction team members
3) there has to be an exact compatibility match of the interconnecting wiring between fixture/driver and the dimmer control — done by the installing electrical contractor; and, most important
4) there has been an exact compatibility match of industry terms/definitions and client expectations.
This last item requires the human interaction and understanding that we all started to learn in the 1st grade, but don’t always have time to apply during the rush of design and construction. Creating and following a complete check list for success must be done early and re-confirmed every time a design/construction change is made—not really complicated, but not really a default process. Defining the vocabulary used in this check list and who is responsible for each step is the goal of this presentation. The presentation will include a list of the basic requirements to succeed in dimming LEDs, as well as advanced techniques that can be simply defined to allow a better chance of success in meeting design expression, code requirements and client expectations.


PANEL DISCUSSION – The Era of Smart Buildings: The Internet of Things and the Adoption of Power over Ethernet
Wednesday, March 13 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Peter Jacobson, Con Edison; Mitchell Bloomberg, International Lights, Inc.; James Pirot, Cresa; Ronald Zeccardi, The Monian Group; Carol Jones, Axis Lighting

Power Over Ethernet has evolved beyond a mainstream topic of conversation for commercial properties. Customer demand for PoE lighting platforms is increasing as products, software, installation and service costs offer a dramatic competitive value compared to traditional lighting solutions. Combined with cumulative energy cost savings and incentive programs, end-users and property owners are embracing the implementation and integration of PoE technology as it gains momentum throughout commercial real estate.
Key Focus Points of this Panel Discussion will include:
• Flexibility and capability of these systems to potential new tenants.
• Incentives to upgrade vs code (Con Ed initial incentive, on-going energy savings ability to enter Demand Response program)
• Value-add creation to lease space


Spec It Like You Mean It: How to Make Sure You Get What You Want & What You Need
Wednesday, March 13 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Shoshanna Segal, Luminous Flux

The transition to LED’s has dramatically changed our workspace. This is not news. The original value proposition of more light, for less power has been fulfilled, but not uniformly, and not always with design utility as the driving force. With the number of manufacturers promising a “spec grade downlight at <$200 DN” increasing on a daily basis, it’s becoming harder and harder to marry luminaires from different lines into a coherent specification package. One means of correcting for the eccentricities of differing priorities is through a well thought out, thorough control specification. This can be a daunting task as virtually all manufacturers are capable of providing multiple approaches to control—sometimes with differing results. In the past, it was enough to know which fixtures needed to dim, but current code requirements and a variety of technologies which may or may not work together makes a clear specification essential. This presentation will provide guidance about common areas of difficulty, and will discuss the use of the control narrative as a specification tool and as a means of communicating design intent in a clear and coherent manner.


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