Events

The Detroit Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Feb
9
Tue
James Benya “Channeling da Boss”
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Channeling da Boss: An unvarnished look at today’s lighting standards, guidelines, regulations, consortiums, and so much more.

Please join the IES Detroit for a virtual meeting with special guest speaker James R. Benya as he gives us his unvarnished opinion on some of the hot lighting topics of the day. Inspired by the great Steven S. Squillace, Jim will touch on LEED, WELL, DLC, POE, DC, LC, CLD, PE, IES, IALD, and time permitting, possibly some of your other favorite acronyms.

About the speaker:

James BenyaJames R. Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD is a founding principal at Benya Burnett Consultancy, in Davis California. He is a frequent speaker at IES and IALD meetings and conferences, columnist at Designing Lighting Magazine, and a member of the 2013 Class of the Michigan Lighting Hall of Fame.

The Detroit Lighting Community has played a leadership role in IES and illuminating engineering for many years. In particular, one uniquely knowledgeable, skilled and visionary engineer foresaw the future and began a quest to develop new methods and skills in the applied practice of illuminating engineering that to this day are used daily: Steven S. Squillace, PE, FIES. Jim Benya started his career working for Steve at the Smith Group with fellow Michigan Lighting Hall of Fame members David DiLaura, Jan Lennox Gruel (Moyer), Naomi Johnson Miller and Gary Steffy for 11 years prior to moving to San Francisco. He is among the most highly recognized members of the IES community, as a Fellow and twice member of the Board of Fellows of IES, as a 4-time winner of the IES International Illumination Award of Excellence, as a recipient of the 1999 IES President’s Award for his work on ASHRAE/IES 90.1, as a periodic contributor to LD&A, as the winner of the Sol Cohn Lifetime Achievement Award from the IES Northern California Section, and as the 2020 recipient of the IES Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the Society.

Through all of this, Jim has continued Steve Squillace’ s curiosity about light and his constructive commentary and periodic criticism of our industry and its trends. In LD&A in 2018, Jim wrote “Our Work is Done Here”, citing the profound improvements in lighting efficiency 40 years and asking why lighting codes needed to continue to change. He has been a guest speaker on the NAILD podcast “Get a Grip on Lighting” and particularly popular for questioning trends in the industry and marketplace. At the 1992 IES Annual Conference, Jim was introduced by Dan Blitzer as an “iconoclast”. Don’t expect to hear political correctness in this program either.

Topics will include:

  • LEED and WELL – two “standards” -sort of
  • DLC – its past, present and future
  • Dark Skies and responsible outdoor lighting
  • Energy Efficiency: We are there, what is next?
  • Lighting overregulation -Micromanaging milliwatts? Why the triannual changes?
  • POE and DC – Good idea or force fit?
  • Lighting design certification and licensing – LC? CLD? PE? IES? IALD? Nothing at all?
  • Human Centric lighting and a decade of misinformation
  • The race to capitalize on circadian systems
  • PS I hate the phrase “human centric”
  • Blue Light – it causes sky glow
  • UV disinfection systems – appliances or luminaires
  • Indoor farming – gonna make it higher
  • Snake oil is not a cure
  • The international lighting community and us
  • Ethics
  • Anything else you want to ask (not guaranteeing I will know what you are talking about, but I’ve been around the block a couple times and we might just have some fun!)
Mar
18
Thu
Webinar: RP-43, Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

RP-43, Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments, is also new guidance from the IES, and complementary to the design process of LP2. In this session, physical characteristics of outdoor space will be discussed alongside the importance of pedestrian reassurance. Our RP-43 discussion will walk attendees through thoughtful examples and the ground-breaking illuminance recommendations of pedestrian applications. Spoiler alert, you may achieve better results using less light. Highlighted within the RP-43 illuminance tables are a newly organized structure based on the design process itself. Additionally, ranges of acceptable illumination are offered based on responsible design choices such as glare and spectrum, thus giving the designer increased flexibility to achieve their goals.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives Landscape Forms, Inc., Moderator
Rick UttingRick Utting is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Landscape Forms, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of site furniture and outdoor lighting. From 2007 to 2019 Rick led the lighting program for Landscape Forms by emphasizing quality of light for people and the outdoor environment. As a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Rick is Vice Chair of the “Lighting for Exterior Applications” standards committee and a frequent speaker on the topic of outdoor lighting. Rick holds a Master of Science degree from Western Michigan University and thirty years’ experience directing product development that includes a U.S. Patent for low-glare and twelve luminaire design awards. In 2013, Rick created the Lighting Leadership Xchange, a university based event that fosters the exchange of information between lighting design professionals and students from undergraduate illumination programs.

Naomi Miller
Naomi MillerMs. Naomi Miller is a designer/scientist in the solid-state lighting program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. Working to bridge the gap between technology and application, Miller promotes the wise use of LEDs, and works with industry to overcome the hurdles where LEDs are not ready for prime time. Miller has received over 30 architectural lighting design awards for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets, and parking lots. She chaired the IES Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings (DG-18-08). She is a Fellow of the IES and Fellow of the IALD.

Charles G. Stone, II
Charles G. Stone, IICharles joined Fisher Marantz Stone in 1983 and became President in 2003. The firm’s New York and Seattle studios have received over 200 awards and successfully completed over 5000 projects on five continents. Charles’s “Traveling Light” lecture tour features ten explorations of light and culture and has visited universities and conferences in 22 nations; continuing virtually in 2020 with Podcasts and live Conferences “in” Dubai, Palm Springs, and Buenos Aires. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Association of Lighting Designers. In addition to annual teaching and recruiting visits to universities worldwide, Charles is active in education as a member of Project Candle at Penn State University, and the Advisory Board for the incipient Architectural Lighting program at Oregon State University. He repeatedly asks his young staff, “what do we make here?…. the answer: “Magic”.

Apr
13
Tue
Webinar: Acoustics and Lighting
Apr 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Acoustics and Lighting

Increasingly we’re seeing lighting products which feature acoustical properties. Join the IES Detroit Section as we discuss the trend.
About this Event

Topics to be Covered:

  • Why are acoustical lights becoming a standard fixture type in projects?
  • Well Building Institute recommendations for lighting and acoustics
  • What makes a high-efficiency acoustical lighting solution?
  • Why NRC isn’t a good scalar representation for acoustical lighting solutions
  • How do we compare acoustical efficiency between lighting fixtures
  • What type of projects benefit most from good acoustical design?
  • Analyzing a sound absorption analysis

1 AIA LU, HAS

Speaker: Marc Sutton
Marc has worked for over six years in the decorative lighting industry starting his career as the New York Showroom Manager for the bespoke London based lighting manufacturer Baroncelli. After a few years out of the lighting industry, he reentered as the New York, Canada, and the U.K. Sales Manager for Roll & Hill, a made to order Brooklyn based lighting manufacturer with a unique perspective and design. For the past two and a half years, he has been the North Eastern + South Eastern Regional Manager for Milan based manufacturer LucePlan, which specializes in large scale decorative fixtures and acoustical lighting solutions.

Apr
22
Thu
Webinar: A Second Language of Light
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Stop pushing lighting; start sharing light.
“We don’t need anything fancy; we just need regular lighting.”
We are all in sales of some kind. Designers sell ideas and concepts that require the sale of light fixtures. Engineers lay out precise solutions that require the purchase of product and the labor of installation. Manufacturers create lighting products that must sell to keep the doors open and food on the table. Client and customer comments like the one above may strike fear in your heart, and it should. Lighting is not often an easy sell.

Someone else does it faster, cheaper, or better so hurry up, lower your prices or fees, and improve your game. The end user doesn’t want what we have and would rather not pay for it. Nobody cares about our calculations but us and lawyers, the client does not know TM-30 from R2-D2, and the only thing selling like hotcakes are the glare bombs shaped like them.

Now for the good news: you are the keeper of a sacred ancient magic that has the power to transform lives. Life depends on this magical force. Light is a fundamental element of our existence, but we need to learn a second language of light if we are to share this amazing gift with the world.

Join David K. Warfel for a romp through the lighting industry where no one is safe from over-simplification and pithy remarks but where everyone can laugh a little and see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
And it is brighter than ever.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTER: David K. Warfel
David K. WarfelDavid K. Warfel is an overly sensitive, marginally materialistic, pseudo-tree-hugging Midwestern farm boy turned lighting designer. His hyper-sensitivity means he dims everything including his dashboard, and his marginal materialism means he loves high quality light fixtures, elegant controls, and French cuffs. He calms his enviro-consciousness by using energy-saving lighting solutions and wearing hiking shoes to work, and is always ready to roll up his literal shirt sleeves to solve client problems with baling wire and duct tape (although now he prefers gaffers tape). He uses the title “Convergence Designer” since he cannot decide what he wants to be if he ever grows up (unlikely at this point), and practices at the overlap of architectural and performance lighting. He’s as surprised as you are by the list of credits to his name that range from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Las Vegas’ Luxor and MGM Grand casinos, from Chicago’s Hyde Park Arts Center and Museum of Science and Industry to residential and hospitality projects in Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nevada, Oregon, California, and Arizona. He has worked with award-winning firms Schuler Shook and CharterSills, and weathered the recession safely cloistered as the head of lighting design at the University of Illinois. David’s work has been featured in Lighting & Sound America, Lighting Australia, Live Design, and Theatrical Design & Technology, but he is usually reading Inspector Gamache novels or other similar educational materials.

May
6
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Integration
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryLighting equipment and controls can do more than just provide light to the visible spectrum. Now is the moment to integrate lighting with other building systems, and this webinar will discuss some recent successes and the challenges involved. It will also preview the latest from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Integrated Lighting Campaign, designed to encourage the integration of lighting and other building systems such as HVAC and plug loads, and to promote the use of innovative sensors.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Michael MyerMichael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Myer is a senior researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he supports U.S. Department of Energy programs including energy codes, appliance standards, and field evaluations.

 

Shanna OlsonShanna Olson, IMEG
Shanna Olson leads IMEG’s architectural lighting group, drawing on more than a decade of experience creating aesthetically pleasing, efficient, and in-budget lighting designs for municipal, healthcare, educational, retail, historic renovation, and commercial clients.

May
20
Thu
Webinar: The Lighting Library®– Take Your Knowledge With You
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: The Lighting Library®– Take Your Knowledge With You

The IES knows you want to take your knowledge with you. In this special webinar, IES staff will guide you through the Lighting Library® – a giant step forward in how we create and deliver standards. This new online subscription-based platform allows access to our full set of standards from anywhere with an internet connection, updates automatically, and allows for more regular revisions of the standards to keep up with the times. This webinar will provide details of how the Lighting Library is organized and how to best utilize the platform as a tool for your lighting business. We’ll also demonstrate two unique features exclusively available through the subscription that allow you to find, save and print illuminance level recommendations for projects of all sizes. At the end, our presenters – Brian Liebel, Director of Standards and Research, Jennifer Jaques, Director of Membership Services, and Zoe Milgram, Research Program Manager – will be available for live Q&A.

No CEU

Jun
3
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Wellness
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryThe movement to design environments that promote human health and wellness has the lighting industry laser-focused on new metrics and tools that can be used to inform the design process. This webinar will provide a critical overview of factors that can affect nonvisual responses to light and discuss simulation techniques that may be implemented to account for daylight spectra and electric lighting contributions to meet different circadian lighting metrics. It will also present a method that aims to facilitate field studies of lighting using data from wearables.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Belal Abboushi Belal Abboushi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Belal Abboushi is a senior associate lighting research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research examines discomfort glare, lighting uniformity, and daylight integration. Belal is currently the principal investigator for a study that explores the use of wearable devices to assess effects of indoor environmental quality (including lighting) on occupants’ well-being.

Sarah SafranekSarah Safranek, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sarah Safranek is a lighting research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her current research involves conducting lighting simulations and field evaluations of advanced lighting systems in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Lighting R&D program.

 

Shadab RahmanShadab Rahman, Harvard Medical School
Shadab Rahman is an associate neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. His primary research interest is in human circadian photobiology with the overarching goal to develop effective photobiologic countermeasures for sleep and circadian disruption. His research has provided novel insights on how light affects human physiology, which can translate to impactful changes in everyday settings such as homes and offices, healthcare facilities, and space missions.

Jul
1
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Control
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryIn typical practice, lighting designers are responsible for defining design intent and specifying lighting and control technology that they believe will deliver that intent. However, designers often sacrifice control over what products actually get installed, or discover a gap between expected and actual product performance that limits their ability to control characteristics of the finished environment. This webinar will examine multiple approaches to incorporating additional measures of validation, accountability, and control into the design-bid-build process, including vertical integration and digital design environments.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Michael PoplawskiMichael Poplawski, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Poplawski is a senior engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he primarily supports the DOE Lighting R&D Program. He is the principal investigator for research focused on evaluating and characterizing new connected lighting system technologies and capabilities, exploring the potential for connected lighting systems to provide grid services, and developing related standards and specifications.

Jessica CollierJessica Collier, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jessica is an associate lighting research engineer on the Lighting Science Research team at PNNL supported by the Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program. Prior to joining in 2019, Jessica worked as a lighting designer in New York while completing her graduate degree. Her current research interests include light and human health interactions, emerging solid-state lighting technologies and metrics, and ways to translate research findings into practice.

Star DavisStar Davis, Design Consultant
Star Davis is an internationally acclaimed design consultant with a passion for process innovation. Balancing macro-level strategic thinking with strong technical capabilities, her approach is guided by a deep understanding of human perception, physics, product manufacturing, and construction methodologies.

Aug
12
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Value
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryLighting provides value in spaces, allowing them to be functional while providing visual interest and making places more desirable. Lighting value is more than the return on investment of energy or maintenance, and this webinar will discuss new industry efforts and metrics for estimating difficult-to-quantify values related to lighting.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Michael MyerMichael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Myer is a senior researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he supports U.S. Department of Energy programs including energy codes, appliance standards, and field evaluations.

 

Lisa SkumatzLisa Skumatz, SERA
Lisa Skumatz is an economist with over 38 years in solid waste research. She has conducted solid waste program and policy research around the nation, and published more than 100 articles on trash, recycling, organics, and reduction strategies. Lisa is known for her quantitative analysis expertise and she focuses on research that helps inform program decision-making by communities, states, and haulers. Lisa has spoken at more than 100 conferences, and keynoted at conferences in both the US and internationally. She is on the board of Recycle Colorado and previously was Chair of the Board for the NRC and on the board of Colorado SWANA. Lisa has won two nationwide lifetime achievement awards for her work in Solid Waste.

Sep
2
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Sustainability
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryThe adoption of LED lighting has tremendous environmental benefits for its reduced energy use, yet the environmental impact of lighting extends beyond energy use – from the materials used to create a lighting product, to how a product is manufactured, operated, and maintained, to disposal or re-use at end-of-life. This webinar will provide a holistic view of the environmental impacts of LED lighting across its full life cycle, including embodied carbon and emissions, hazardous material concerns, and depletion of resources. Attendees will learn about methods, tools, and resources they can use to develop and support a more sustainable and circular lighting economy.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Gabe ArnoldGabe Arnold, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Gabe Arnold is a Senior Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he focuses on development and deployment of emerging lighting technologies. He’s a principal investigator on the advanced lighting team supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lighting R&D and Commercial Buildings Integration programs.

 

Kathryn HickcoxKate Hickcox, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kate Hickcox is a lighting research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is a creative thinker in the field of lighting, with over 15 years of experience in both lighting research and lighting design.