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Our City Street Lighting - LED in NYC

May 24, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Building Energy Exchange




The recent conversion of New York City street lights to light emitting diode(LED) luminaries
has raised concerns from residents who have been impacted by the change. The AMA in their report on Human and Environmental Effects of LEDs addresses the pros and cons.

Join us for a panel discussion consisting of representatives from the Lighting Research Center at RPI (LRC), the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), and the IES to address this issue, one of importance to both New Yorkers and the lighting industry.



John Bullough, Ph.D. FIES
Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs, Lighting Research Center

John leads research in visual performance, pedestrian and driver safety, glare, mesopic vision, color perception and light pollution as they interact with lighting outdoors at the LRC and an adjunct faculty. He serves on several IES committees, is Vice-President of the  Council  for  Optical  Radiation  Measurements,  chairs  the Transportation Research Board’s  Committee on Visibility, and is a member of the U.S. National Committee of the Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage,  the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the International Municipal Signal Association. He has written and co-written more than 450 articles and technical publications on lighting, nearly 100 of them with student co-authors.

Managing Principal, Domingo Gonzales Associates

AC has over 30 years’ experience in design and project management in both performing arts and architectural lighting design. Since the merger of her company, AC Hickox Lighting Design, with Domingo Gonzalez Associates (DGA) in 1999, her focus has been on large-scale, fast-track and/or complex efforts in transportation, security, exterior and theatre facility projects.  She served on the faculties of Teachers College-Columbia and University of Illinois at Urbana, lectured at CCNY and is an authorized instructor in AGi32. Recent projects include roadway and aesthetic lighting for the New NY Bridge, park and roadway lighting for Hudson Park, and station lighting for the Second Avenue subway.

Brian Liebel
Technical Director of Standards, IES
Brian has been involved with the IES for over 30 years as an educator, technical committee chair, and member of the IES Board of Directors. His professional career path has emphasized his belief in melding the art and science of lighting design and illuminating engineering; he has received awards for both innovative design and technical achievement, been a recognized advocate for quality lighting in energy codes, and provided design guidance in lighting research. He received the IES Presidential Award in 2016 and 2017, and was selected to be the IES Director of Standards and Research in 2017.

Joshua Benson
Deputy Commissioner for Traffic Operations, NYC Dept. of Transportation
Joshua oversees the operation and maintenance of over 13,000 traffic signals, 300,000 street lights, 85,000 metered on-street parking spaces, 39 municipal parking lots and garages and 600 red light, speed and bus lane enforcement cameras. He also leads the development of new traffic safety programs and technologies, including accessible pedestrian signals, a Connected Vehicle pilot project, and new street lighting initiatives. Prior to this, he was the Bureau Chief for Transportation, Traffic & Parking for the City of Stamford, Connecticut, and before that, he held several positions with NYCDOT during his 13 years with the agency. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

6:00pm – 6:30-pm, Check-In & Refreshments
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Presentations
7:30pm – 8:00pm, Q&A