What's so smart about Smart Lighting Control Systems?

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Mesh networks like Zigbee are a fast-growing option for controlling lighting. While the use of mesh networks for standard architectural applications is well documented, what is the impact on a façade, LED wall or color changing cove when a mesh network is used to trigger a lighting effect? We will compare mesh networks with traditional controls protocols like DMX and DALI. We will look at linear and non-linear dispersion of lighting cues, and the effect this can have on an animated façade. A live demonstration will be displayed and discussed.


  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of wireless lighting controls, including Zigbee and Bluetooth. We'll also discuss Power Line Carrier and other methods.

  • Understand how signals are relayed in a mesh network, and the potential delays of luminaires to respond to control commands.

  • Explore what design applications are good candidates for controls, and which may be inadvisable, especially when synchronized response time is critical.

  • Offer a balanced forum of panelists including a designer, controls specialist and computer programmer to field Q&A from the design community, providing feedback to their specific questions. 

Spectral Design of a Healthcare Environment

Robert Soler Presenter
VP Human Biological Research and Technology
BIOS Lighting

Robert Soler is Chief Technology Officer at BIOS Lighting.  Before his work with BIOS, his most prominent role was with the Kennedy Space Center.  There he helped design and build the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and collaborated with scientists to use LED light for photobiological purposes in space, including the circadian lighting system designed to synchronize circadian rhythms of astronauts aboard ISS.  He is named inventor on over 90 issued patents.  He holds a Master of Science degree from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Wednesday, March 14: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM 
Conference Session 


Healthcare is a dynamic environment with multiple occupant types. Shift workers, long stay patients, and short-stay patients. A lot of emphases is put on circadian rhythms, but if not done right, it may hinder fundamental visual requirements for medical evaluation. This session will cover what is important, and how to accomplish it.


  • Understand the known biological pathways and how they impact the healthcare environment?

  • Learn what is important for medical evaluation.

  • Learn how light can impact health beyond circadian entrainment.

  • Discover the potential for circadian rhythms in the hospital environment. 

Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Lighting - Enabling Integrated, Automated Buildings

Randy Jones Presenter
Engineering Manager
H.E. Williams, Inc.

Randy Jones is a 13-year accomplished veteran of LED engineering and holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia. With his background in solid-state fixture design and control methods, Randy’s knowledge influences product, controls, and technologies introduced by Williams' product development team. Randy appreciates bringing to market products that meet customer needs, quality, and market standards. Most recently, he has been a large contributor to Power over Ethernet (PoE) efforts and implementation.

Wednesday, March 14: 10:30 AM  - 11:00 AM 
Conference Session 


This session will present how PoE lighting can be a fundamental platform for smart environments. Well-planned building integration allows a flexible, scalable lighting system to collect the data that ultimately brings more value to the building owner.


  • The relationship between Division 25 Integrated Automation and PoE Lighting.

  • How a PoE lighting system is a scalable and adaptable building connectivity platform.

  • The differences between full interoperability protocols and APIs and how each facilitates building system integration.

  • How the end-user can realize additional value propositions through data collection. 

When you come to a fork in the road, take it:

Exploring the paths to energy code compliance

Marty Salzberg Presenter
Lighting Consultant

Marty Salzberg worked as an architectural lighting consultant for more than thirty years. Her work was honored with multiple industry awards for design and energy efficiency. As a member of 

the Illuminating Engineering Society, Marty has been a member of the Library Lighting Committee since 2003 and is currently the committee Chair. Marty is a Professional Member of the IALD, where she is an active member of the Energy & Sustainability Committee and serves as the IALD representative to the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard development committee. She recently served on the IALD committee to edit the Guidelines for Specification Integrity and is teaching lighting design at the New York School of Interior Design.

Tuesday, March 13: 12:30 PM  - 1:30 PM 

Conference Session 

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