What's so smart about Smart Lighting Control Systems?

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The LRC worked with Philips to identify promising approaches and metrics for characterizing the performance of urban pedestrian lighting. Typical recommended practices for crosswalk and pedestrian lighting focus solely on illuminance quantities. The LRC's performance specifications are based, instead, on visual performance using a validated model that considers light level, contrast, pedestrian size and driver age, along with headlight illumination. Several advanced LED lighting systems were modeled to improve the safety and conspicuity of pedestrians in two real-world intersections in Austin, Texas. We will discuss how the LRC's performance specifications can be used to assess different scenarios. Furthermore, we will address the feasibility of these scenarios for implementation.


  • Limitations of current performance specifications for urban lighting

  • Detailed review of requirements for good intersection lighting

  • Promising approaches for new performance specifications for urban lighting

  • Implementation and feasibility challenges in cities for new urban lighting 

The Cross-Discipline Future of Lighting Design Education

Lyn Godley Presenter
Associate Professor
Thomas Jefferson University

Lyn Godley’s work has crossed the borders of lighitng, fine art, interiors, product, and furniture. Of all her work, it is lighting which she has focused for the last twenty-five years and which explores the intersection of Light and Art in public spaces. Her work is in numerous museum and private collections. From chandeliers to full-scale illuminated evening gowns she has explored a wide range of light sources and effects. From detailed pixels of light embedded into drawings to large scale public art installations, she explores the many moods of lighting and its ability to calm or excite. Her work, merging digital printing, drawing+painting, fiber optics and light reflecting films has led her explorations in light and color refraction. She is regularly chosen for public art projects that explore the intersection of Light and Art in public spaces, such as the Percent for Art commission for the Public Art at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. She also designed a permanent installation of 7,100 programmable LEDs at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania that continually “draws in light” across the center’s façade, and is currently working on a large lighting installation commissioned by Temple University. In addition to her studio work, she is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Jefferson University, where she is coordinating a Lighting Design concentration.

Tuesday, March 13: 9:00 AM  - 10:00 AM 
Conference Session 


We use light to change how we perceive and experience environments that we live, work, and play in. Traditionally Lighting Design Education has focused on how light affects this change. The visual range of light effects emotion and focus. Color temperature and foot candle effect our ability to perform tasks. Light can enhance or destroy the desired effect of any built environment.

Today, however, we know that light is capable of much more. With advancements in LED technology, light has become a dynamic and often interactive part of our visual dialogue. How light effects the environment, both in terms of carbon footprint and light pollution are now part of the design dialogue. Research in photobiology (the effect of light on living organisms) has shown that light's wavelengths can have dramatic effects on our endocrine system and circadian rhythm. Using light in smart textiles as a means to carry data and visually communicate information is being explored in ways that will address social issues.

Lighting Design Education is changing rapidly from predominately focusing on lighting architectural spaces to a field that includes collaboration between the above departments as well as Industrial Design, Digital Animation, medical research, and engineering and innovative materials to name a few. What will Lighting Design Education look like in the future? How will it evolve to provide for the range?

A New Direction in Lighting Design Education:
Developments in Lighting Design draw on diverse fields of knowledge to produce unique environments, products and materials with enhanced properties and vast potential. Several disciplines outside the traditional lighting curriculum are involved in this expanding field, and each individual field has its own language, specific terms and approaches. Multidisciplinary know-how for lighting must provide a hands-on approach with students from a range of curricular programs working together, broadening their scope of knowledge and demonstrating their individual and interdependent relevance to the lighting field.

Lighting Design Education requires cross-disciplinary teaching more than ever before. Spearheaded by Jefferson's Industrial Design Department (formerly Philadelphia University), a new program is being developed that will apply cross-discipline education to Lighting Design across 10 departments and what was until recently two universities. The curriculum began rolling out in Fall semester of 2016 and will continue through Fall 2018 as the new courses are developed and listed for enrollment. This Lighting Design track that will link students and faculty from Philadelphia University's Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Engineering, Materials Technology, Sustainable Design, Textile Design, and Animation Design, as well as the world renown Thomas Jefferson University Lighting Research Lab, a leader in research of photobiology, and Jefferson's MedStudio@Jeff, a cross-discipline studio merging the medical sciences and design.


  • Understand the potential for expanding Lighting Design Curriculum

  • Broaden cross-disciplinary opportunities in Lighting Design Education

  • Open opportunities for collaborative curriculum between Lighting Design Programs

  • Engage in dialogue about skills needed in recent undergraduates for the future of the Lighting Design Profession 

Challenges of Connected Lighting and Sensor Integration

Justin Cathey Co-Presenter
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb , IL 

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