What's so smart about Smart Lighting Control Systems?

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Light profoundly influences our well-being. The lighting within spaces not only impacts our ability to perform visual tasks, it also affects our comfort, moods and biological processes. Over the last few years, we have learned how important light, both natural and electric light, is for human health. Scientific research has been pointing to the importance of light on health for many decades; however, the implementation of this research in the built environment has been slow. Understanding the main highlights of existing scientific research is integral to creating lighting environments that optimizes the productivity and improves the well-being of occupants.

This session will highlight key research that can be utilized to develop lighting solutions that have a positive impact on occupant's mental and physical health. Attendees will also be taken through guidelines and strategies that may be used for the implementation of the aforementioned scientific research.

The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) provides guidelines for lighting design that minimize disruption to the body's circadian system, enhance productivity, support good sleep quality and provide appropriate visual acuity as part of the Light concept. WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally. The session will focus on the lighting features in the WELL Building Standard and tie it to the research behind each.


• Describe the health impacts faced by occupants due to lighting in the built environment.

• Understand material provided by existing scientific research that substantiates the impact of lighting in the built environment on common health issues.

• Recognize the critical influence of lighting practitioners on creating happier and healthier indoor spaces.

• Leverage the strategies outlined in the WELL Building Standard to create lighting solutions that support human health. 

Designing with OLEDs and Integration Components

Michael Fusco Co-Presenter
LED Specialists
Holbrook , NY 

Mike Fusco is co-founder of LED Specialists which provides LED and OLED based product design and engineering services for the lighting industry.  These services include SSL source selection, innovative optical designs, high efficiency electronic driver and control designs, and fixture mechanical designs for a range of challenging environments. His company also manufacturers LED arrays and drive electronics customized to the specific needs of his clients.

Mike’s previous positions have been Vice President of Global Systems and Services for Symbol Technologies (now Zebra) and Deputy Engineering Manager for aircraft systems at Grumman Aerospace (now Northrop Grumman Corp).

Mike holds a BS in Applied Physics and an MBA.

Giana Phelan Presenter
Director of Business Development

Giana Phelan is currently Global Business Development Manager at OLEDWorks LLC, and OLED lighting and manufacturing company headquartered in Rochester, New York.  In this position she leverages her extensive experience in microelectronics, MEMS, and solid-state lighting systems, by collaborating with a highly varied mix of customers including lighting designers, luminaire manufacturers, automobile companies, furniture makers, contractors and specifers to accelerate OLED lighting adoption.  Prior to her position at OLEDWorks, Ms. Phelan held product development management positions ranging from research to technology transfer to product launch and commercialization at IBM and Eastman Kodak.  She holds an MS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Product Development.

Wednesday, March 14: 12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM 
Conference Session 


Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) produce a light quality that designers have called the first pure light. The light draws people in and they want to engage in a light that feels good to them. Naturally broad spectrum and diffuse, OLED delivers a unique and superb lighting experience. OLEDs now meet many application requirements and the number of fixture makers looking to develop OLED products is rapidly growing. In addition, as OLED blurs the line of luminaire and lighting engines, contractors are considering custom installations of OLEDs as a tile or building material.

This talk will introduce the basic principles of OLED devices and both the current and forthcoming performance attributes. With this foundation, participants will explore design considerations and simplicity of OLED light engines. As a low voltage, slim profile, solid-state lighting technology OLEDs provide a direct view solution that breaks paradigms and inspires specifiers. Design elements, both pragmatic and experiential, will reveal integration opportunities through real installation examples. This seminar is for lighting designers, specifiers, architects, contractors and luminaire manufacturers.


• Learn OLED technology and the basic principles of light emission.

• Understand current OLED Panel performance in terms of efficacy, color quality, life time, reliability and cost and recognize the difference between OLED and other light sources (including LED).
• Understand design options including simplicity for OLED as building tile and luminaire.
• Understand the OLED product, facility installation approaches and accessory options (drivers, mounting methods and controls) currently available to support OLED implementation 

“The fish was thiiiiis BIG!” - The realities of LM-80/TM-21 & setting false lifetime expectations

Erik Swenson Presenter
General Manager
Nichia Corporation

Erik Swenson is a seasoned professional with greater than 10 years in the Solid State Lighting industry.  As a General Manager for Nichia America Corporation, he is responsible for the adoption of Nichia LEDs within the General Lighting market.  Erik provides an active voice for Nichia within North America, having spoken at several industry manufacturing conferences and trade shows as well as guidance to Nichia customers.  After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Erik practiced various engineering facets within the Automotive Industry for 6 years before joining Nichia in 2007.

Wednesday, March 14: 3:00 PM  - 4:00 PM 
Conference Session 


Lifetime claims within the lighting industry have spiraled out of control. We, as an industry, need to better understand and educate the market on what exactly we are estimating, what we're specifying or requiring and what should really be expected. To generalize it at a high level and establish a baseline, TM-21 extrapolations, especially calculated values, DO NOT equal an LED's actual lifetime. LEDs actual lifetime DO NOT equal an LED Luminaire's actual lifetime. Therefore, TM-21 extrapolation calculations DO NOT equal an LED Luminaire's actual lifetime. The LED is not the weakest link in a system.

Mr. Swenson hopes to address the designer / specifier community as well as the manufacturing community to educate on a growing negative trend in the industry; extravagant and inaccurate lifetime claims purely for purpose of marketing attention. Discussions will focus on the realities of how an LED's lifetime is calculated and estimated, including the benefits of LM-80 / TM-21, but also the flaws in the current standards for defining LED lifetime. Mr. Swenson will also address how this is being abused in the industry and not truly representing the reality of just the LED's quality, let alone the fixture's quality. Mr. Swenson will discuss other factor's and tests that should be considered to further address lifetime, both at the LED level and Luminaire level, all with the goal of accurately setting expectations in the market and truly taking advantage of what solid state lighting can offer.


• Understanding of how LM-80 is conducted and TM-21 is calculated / represented.

• Understanding of how LED lifetimes should and should not be compared.

• Understanding of how an LED's lifetime is just a piece of an LED Luminaire's lifetime.

• Understanding of new proposals for lifetime testing at the LED and fixture levels to more accurately predict life expectancy. 

Everything you ever wanted to know about dimming LEDs

Ethan Biery Co-Presenter
Design and Development Leader

Ethan is a Design and Development Leader at Lutron Electronics. After spending his early career developing dimming systems for large-scale commercial projects, he transitioned to a role focusing on LED technology, especially focused on testing and improving dimming compatibility. In this position, he worked with companies from all levels in the industry, from chipset vendors to lamp and fixture manufacturers, in order to improve compatibility between controls and LED light sources. His expertise has allowed him to contribute to training, technical whitepapers, application notes, and industry standards regarding LED technology, including major contributions to NEMA SSL7A, Zhaga, and the IEC.  Currently, Ethan is a technical leader in the System Sales Engineering team, supporting the sales of Lutron’s most complex commercial lighting control systems.

Tom Shearer Presenter
System Sales Engineering Leader

Tom Shearer is a System Sales Engineering Leader at Lutron Electronics. With an EE egree from Virginia Tech, and an emphasis on power conversion, he joined Lutron in 2001. He worked on the development of efficient dimming ballast products as the lighting industry realized the benefits of digital lighting controls. With the advent of LEDs for general illumination, he led the development of Lutron LED driver products that allow LEDs to achieve the same control performance as standard light sources already on the market. Tom has been awarded patents in the area of fluorescent and LED driver technology. Tom has worked with many lighting designers and lighting fixture manufacturers to develop innovative control systems that meet the needs of our customers. He has worked on projects from high-end homes to museums to multi-building campuses to ensure control and LED driver compatibility, by coordinating control types and guaranteeing performance to mitigate risk in these large systems. Tom is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has presented at technical seminars and conferences, including CEDIA and Strategies in Light on the topic of LEDs, LED drivers, and lighting control in general.

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

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