What's so smart about Smart Lighting Control Systems?

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A building lobby is more than a place of egress or opportunity to showcase a company's brand. This space can be a sanctuary, providing a moment of respite from our go-go society, which fills our days with a continuous stream of visual and mental stimulation. Through minimalist design, rhythmic patterns, and activation of familiar materials this case study discussion will explain how the design team improved the daily experience of New York City office workers.

This case study, of a New York City office lobby, will prove that no space is too small to incorporate design elements that intentionally elevate the human experience. Attendees will learn how to reframe their approach to amenity space design and will understand how small intentional design decisions can have a significant impact on the human experience. Attendees will also learn how a dynamic RGBW LED lighting system can create a sense of calm and tranquility, while activating materials within a space. This discussion will encourage attendees to incorporate aspects of WELL Building Standard Concepts into their projects. A large budget or high profile client is not necessary to achieve success when designing for health and well-being.

Learner Engagement:

Through the use of video, photography and breakout discussions the presenters will engage the audience encouraging them to step away from their digital worlds and turn inward. The breakout groups will discuss which emotions are activated by a curated selection of photographs relating to WELL Building Standard Concepts. Attendees will identify design elements pictured that they feel support the emotions expressed. The individual groups will then rejoin the collective to discuss.


• Attendees will learn how to reframe their approach to amenity space design and will understand how small intentional design decisions can have a significant impact on the human experience.

• Attendees will learn how a custom LED lighting solution can be achieved through modifications to existing products.

• Attendees will understand how subtle lighting applications can have a large impact.

• Attendees will learn about WELL Building Standards and how they can be conceptually applied to projects of all sizes and budgets. 

Treat Your Building As A Patient: Improving Environmental Hygiene Using Visible Light Disinfection

Clifford Yahnke Presenter
Director, Clinical Affairs
Kenall Manufacturing

Cliff Yahnke, Ph.D.

Director, Clinical Affairs


Dr. Yahnke received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University.  He joined Kenall in 2013 bringing over 24 years of photonics and healthcare experience in a range of fields related to defense, telecommunications, radiation oncology, medical imaging, analytical instruments, and surgical lighting to Kenall.  As one of the inventors of Indigo-Clean, Dr. Yahnke has led its development and introduction into healthcare facilities across the US.  Widely regarded as the industry expert on visible light disinfection, he has authored numerous articles on it and led numerous studies using Indigo-Clean demonstrating its performance in reducing bacteria and infections in clinical settings.

Wednesday, March 14: 9:00 AM  - 10:00 AM 
Conference Session 


Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) are a problem facing all healthcare providers and patients causing approximately 1.7M infections with an excess cost of approximately $35-50B annually. With increasing antibiotic resistance, improved environmental hygiene has become an area of increasing focus for the entire facility. This session will discuss the role of specification-grade lighting and visible light disinfection in preventing HAI. A case study from a major regional hospital demonstrating the use of visible light disinfection with clinical data related to bioburden and infection rate reduction will be presented.


• Identify the types of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and their collective impact upon the US healthcare system.

• Explain how infections can be acquired through the built environment and the range of solutions to improve environmental hygiene which are available to healthcare providers today.

• List the characteristics of specification-grade light fixtures and the areas where they can be used to reduce the transmission of pathogens in the environment.

• Recognize the benefits of visible light, continuous environmental disinfection and the areas where it can be best used to reduce the transmission of pathogens in the environment. 

The Future of Lighting Will Be Personalized

JP Bedell Presenter
Sales Rep
SDA Lighting

JP is thrilled to be speaking again at LEDucation. JP has been in the lighting business for the last 19 years, when he hung his first light at a little theater in Queens. He’s been a stagehand, a theatrical electrician, and a lighting designer and now works as a rep SDA lighting where he helps lighting designers, architects and engineers create iconic spaces. Some previous clients/employers of note: NBC Universal, Google, The Oxygen Network, Sega, Wired Magazine and Abercrombie and Fitch.

JP is a firm believer that great lighting can improve our lives by creating built environments that enhance health, wellness, and productivity. He’s written and presented on subjects of sustainability and personalization in SBID, Lighting Magazine (UK) Live Design Magazine, and the Broadway Green Alliance.

To connect with JP, you can find him on linkedin or email him jp.bedell@sdalighting.com

For more on SDA, go to SDAlighting.com

Wednesday, March 14: 8:30 AM  - 9:30 AM 

Conference Session 


The future of lighting design will be personalized. The lighting and identification technology necessary to provide truly personalized experiences is here and we will see it's deployment soon. The time has come for architects, interior designers and lighting designers to begin designing spaces with these capabilities in mind.

Imagine working in an open plan office and being able to retreat to a private pod space when you need to work on a big project. You enter the pod you pre-booked and when you tap your ID to the reader the backlighting of the rear wall of the pod changes color. The intensity of the small wall grazer lowers and the downlights shift to your preferred tone of white light.

Imagine your loved one needs an extended stay in the hospital. You're issued a visitors ID and in concert with the doctors a simple profile of lighting preferences is created that enhances the mood and sleep quality of your family member.

Imagine a special needs students learning profile including observations from his therapist and teacher about what kind of lighting makes him distracted or attentive? Then imagine when he retreats to smaller alcove spaces within the school, shades, task lighting an overhead ambient lighting will shift in color and brightness to the optimal levels for that student's performance.

With a combination of identification technology such as Bluetooth devices and RF ID, and digital lighting that can dim and change color instantly, we've reach the point where the technology for truly personalized lighting is affordable and easily programmable. We are already seeing this technology in the consumer space (see: Philips Hue). That will become the norm in office spaces, educational and therapy spaces and healthcare facilities.

This presentation will give an overview of the technology behind lighting personalization and then present practical use-case scenarios. It will close with next steps for specifying a personalized lighting system.


  • Understand lighting and identification technology available for personalized lighting

  • Review design use cases for such personalized lighting capabilities.

  • Understand basic science behind personalized lighting options including improved focus, mood, attention, and sleep.

  • Understand what questions to ask (and answer) when it comes to designing a personalized lighting system. 

Dr. StrangeLED or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying...

Kenneth Schutz Presenter
Focus Lighting

Kenny joined Focus Lighting in 2006.  As a Principal he is Head of Project Management and concentrates on providing fixture and control technical support to the company’s designers and Construction Administration and Coordination on Focus’ projects.  He was the project manager for the Royalton Hotel Lobby (2009 Lumen Award), Bourbon Steak (2010 Lumen Award), “Science Storms” at the Museum of Science and Industry (2011 Lumen Award, IES Guth Award), Yotel (2012 Lumen Award), and the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Museum, among many others.  Kenny is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a NCQLP Lighting Certified (LC) professional.  Prior to joining Focus, Kenny enjoyed eight years as a freelance theatrical lighting designer.

Tuesday, March 13: 6:00 PM  - 7:00 PM 
Conference Session 


...and Love the LED.

LEDs are much more complicated than "legacy" technologies and horror stories of installations gone wrong have become part of our industry's daily fare. This presentation will explain the complexities; explore what LED technology needs from Designers, Installers, Owners, and Maintenance staffs; and offer specific strategies for some of the most common problems.


• Identify the new challenges and complexities LEDs present for designers, installers, owners, and maintenance staffs.

• Understand: "What do LEDs require of us?" to ensure successful outcomes.

• Learn specific strategies to overcome common problems the arise from specifying and installing LEDs.

• What and how to communicate with project stakeholders (especially owners and maintenance staffs) to preserve the project for the long term. 

The Presidents Get Connected - A Smithsonian Case Study in Connected Lighting

Ken Kane Co-Presenter
Executive Vice President
Lighting Services Inc
Stony Point , NY 

Ken Kane comes to lighting from a background of industrial design. He has been responsible for the design and development of lighting equipment and systems at Lighting Services Inc since 1985. He has developed many fixtures and systems utilizing incandescent, halogen, metal halide, compact fluorescent, fiber optic and LED technologies. He has also been fortunate to have been involved in many high profile projects designing custom fixtures and systems for such iconic institutions as the Guggenheim Museum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and San Francisco MOMA, to name just a few. Recent developments have been focused on the integration of high quality white light LED systems applied to the critical applications of the museum community. 

Ken was also an author for the Luminaires Section of RP-30-17, the IES Recommended Practice for Museum Lighting Handbook, and was also an adjunct faculty member at The New School, in the Master’s program, teaching Luminaire Design between 2009 and 2012.

Ken will be speaking on the Integration of the latest LED technology in museum environments, and how that technology is unleashing possibilities for system control and monitoring like never before.

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