What's so smart about Smart Lighting Control Systems?

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The Lovers of Light is a Point – Counter Point - Interactive Panel discussion executed in a game show format with multiple audience participation points

We will have 3 main topics. – 2 panelists will be selected for each main topic and will be asked to take a side. Each Panelist will have ~2.5 minutes to make their case. Then the other panel members will then provide a ~1.5 minute view on the topic and has to take a side – points will be awarded. After all the panelists have commented the audience will be engaged for a 5 minute discussion on the topic. An applause-o-meter will be used to award points to the panelist whom the audience agrees with.

The speed round will start at Topic #4. Two panelist names will be drawn from a hat by an audience member to take the point or counterpoint with ~1 minute for the point and counter point and ~30 seconds per other panel member for comment – they will take sides. There will be as many speed rounds as possible leaving 5 minutes at the end for audience questions.

The topics:
Topic 1 - Color – TM 30 has been out for almost 2 years and while most agree it is a superior metric to CRI, almost no one is using it in specifications. Point: CRI is good enough. Counter Point: TM-30 is a must

Topic 2 - Tunable White and Manipulation of Spectral Distribution in the built environment - Light and Health or Human Centric Lighting and the ability to help set circadian rhythms or enhance the way we perceive objects is a hot topic. RGBAW, 2 channel vs 5, should we stay on the Black Body Locus or go straight line, are all a topic of debate. Seems everyone is talking about but few are actually buying – first thing to get VE'd. Point: Color Change is a must – we have the technology so use it. Counter Point: Fixed white points are fine - "you want color change - use a window damn it!"

Topic #3 - Control and the IoT – We all admit control is the next Wild West in lighting specifically relative to lighting's role in the Internet of Things (IoT). Many believe lighting will be a leader in the ability to collect and deliver data and brand new lighting markets and business models will emerge – Ture or False – Hype or the Future. Point: This is all a bunch of bunk and hype. Where is the IoT, I don't see it and we don't need it. Counter Point: The future is now and how we must emerge into the next phase of digital lighting.

Speed Round topics

1) Wireless Control or Wired – is the wire your friend or enemy?

2) Efficacy - does it matter anymore?
3) Attic Stock – should you buy it and if yes how much?
4) Should Manufacturers cover labor if things go wrong?
5) Should Manufacturers sell directly to end-users and cut channel mark-ups?


• The audience will gain insight on opposing views on the use of TM-30 and be challenged to comment

• The audience will gain insight on opposing views on the use of tunable white and need for modifying spectral power distributions within the built environment

• The audience will gain insight on opposing views about connected lighting and the Internet of Things and if lighting is ready to play a role

• The audience will gain insight on opposing views on other industry topics such as Wired vs. Wireless lighting controls, the need to keep attic stock, who should pay for labor when problems arise 

The Futures So Bright U Gotta Wear Shades

Steven Rosen Co-Presenter
President & Creative Director
Available Light
Salem , MA 




Adam Carangi, LC, MIES

In 2012, after practicing lighting design for more than 13 years, Adam Carangi chose to step away from the firm he co-founded, BEAM, ltd. and pursue his interests in manufacturing. He currently holds the position of Architectural Design and Specifications Director in North America for Lumenetix, a maker of high-quality tunable light engines. In this position he enjoys working with designers to truly learn the capabilities with which they can design not only the lights & darks of a space, but also the warms & cools.... and why not add a touch of color? 

In addition to co-founding and operating BEAM, Adam has worked in lighting for more than 23 years, is Lighting Certified, by the NCQLP, is a long-time member of IES, was an associate IALD member while working as a designer, and now is active as an LIRC member. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Tyler School of Art, also having studied architecture for three years. Adam resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife, who currently manages BEAM, and he often spends his early mornings on the weekends contemplating the most ideal way to illuminate a hockey rink, as he loves to watch his two sons play.

Tuesday, March 13: 10:30 AM  - 11:30 AM 
Conference Session 


When lighting industry professionals were first introduced to "Tunable" LED sources their initial response was almost universally: "Hey, that's really cool!" But, after a slow burn, the follow-up responses became "But Where do I use it? or How do I control it?" This was immediately followed by "What is the impact on occupants? and What will my clients think?" Suddenly, 'really cool' became, 'Technically complex, difficult to calculate, and confusing to configure.' Consequently, a magical new Tunable technology, morphed from wondrous to mysterious.

As savvy lighting people understand, fundamental design principals that have propelled our industry for decades remain critical to producing successful outcomes. Or put another way, tunable expands the designer's tool-box. The same building blocks driving Lighting Design typical of traditional static electric light installations can be celebrated and enhanced with the advent of tunable light. Sophisticated lighting designs that modulate color-over-time in a tight palette of warm to cool white while subtly manipulating saturation and intensity can heighten emotion and convey shifting moods in ways traditionally limited to theatrical lighting and control systems. By looking closely at great lighting designs and the resultant effect on people, it becomes clear that many of the best designs were never simply static. This is evident for the built architectural environment, in cinema, on stage, and across nature.

We are in an industry where a successful project is defined by solving technical requirements while maintaining an aesthetic concept. This artistic vision can now be enhanced by the inclusion of digital technology. It is the intersection of art and digital technology that gives us Lighting Content, which can drive a design like never before. When a design solution meets the practical/technical needs of a space while simultaneously elevating the occupant experience, design morphs from good to great. It is here where that 'really cool' light source can be central to deploying an effective design concept.

We will explore the emotional triggering factors of light, new research about the physiological effects of light, and the intersection of art and science as lighting designers look for novel techniques for integrating light within the built environment. It is this interconnection where things get interesting and a discussion on how the application of tunable light, and the associated issues of control systems, will be the heart of our session.

To explore this thesis, a practicing Lighting Designer will share the stage with a former Lighting Designer turned spokesman-for-tunable. These two, along with the assembled attendees, will dig deep into this subject. Together they will argue that technology alone is rarely cool, but when employed under the influence of fundamental design principles, extraordinary experiences await.


• Review how we already use color and color temperature throughout design in various mediums, and how great design when present is never static.

• Explore how tunable light technology expands our opportunities for achieving aesthetically great design, redefining that 'really cool' light source.

• Demonstrate the steps to conceptualize, specify, and execute a design with tunable color using the building blocks of design to suit practical applications.

• Restore confidence in lighting professionals to boldly lead into the future of digital lighting technology and help them know how to combine art and science while doing so. 

How To Use TM-30

Wendy Luedtke Co-Presenter
Product Technology Specialist - Color

Wendy Luedtke is the product technology specialist for color at ETC and is a member of its Advance Research Group (ARG). She is the co-chair of the IES Color Committee and a member of the ESTA-TSP Photometrics Working Group, the US National Committee of the CIE, and United Scenic Artists Local 829. Previously, she was the product manager for color and lighting at Rosco Laboratories, Inc. Ms. Luedtke has more than 15 years of experience designing lighting for theater, live entertainment, corporate events, and architectural projects. She holds a BFA in Technical Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she later served for more than a decade as an adjunct instructor. 

Michael Royer Co-Presenter
Advance Lighting Team
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Michael Royer is a Senior Lighting Engineer at PNNL, where he focuses on the development of LED technology. His emphases are human factors experiments and developing new metrics and test methods, especially for color, glare, flicker, and long-term performance. Michael is a member of the IES Color Committee and Technical Procedures Committee, and is also active with the CIE. Prior to joining PNNL, Michael earned a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University. Michael was named a future leader of lighting by LD+A magazine in 2010, and has authored over 50 journal articles and government reports, receiving the 2013 Taylor Technical Talent Award from the IES for his published work.

Jason Livingston Presenter
Studio T+L, LLC

Jason Livingston is the principal of Studio T+L, a lighting design and theatre consulting studio in Brooklyn, NY.   He is also co-chair of the IES Color Committee. He has over 30 years of experience in entertainment lighting design and over 20 years in architectural lighting design.  He award winning lighting desings have been profiled in Lighting & Sound America, Lighting Design + Application, Design Bureau, and Architectural SSL.  Jason is also the author of Designing With Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design (Wiley, 2014), and is a coauthor of Design Guide 1 - Color and Illumination (IES, 2016).   He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from University of Miami and an MFA in Lighting Design from New York University. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, Illuminating Engineering Society, International Association of Lighting Designers, and United States Institute for Theatre Technology. 

Tuesday, March 13: 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
Conference Session 

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