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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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 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
- 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!)
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).
Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives Landscape Forms, Inc., Moderator
Rick 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.
Ms. 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 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”.
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
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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.
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. 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.
Lighting 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).
Michael 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 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.
“Light for Life” is a global conversation about the impact of light on the lives of humans, plants, and animals. As hosts of this collaborative webinar series for the second year, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) will once again facilitate webinars over the course of four days the week culminating in International Day of Light (16-May) with partner organizations from around the world.
In practice, the potential of light is something we often view through the lens of our own country’s trends, concerns and accomplishments. By opening this webinar series to global partners, the IES hopes to bring people together to learn from one another about the impact of light on lives all over the world. This series will be free for all.
Please note that CEUs will not be provided for any of these presentations.
Light for Life is designed as a global program, with live presentations scheduled to accommodate the Speaker’s time zone and local audience. If you are unable to join a live presentation due to time difference, please visit the IES eLearning Portal to view the archived presentations. The archives will be available approximately two weeks following Light for Life.
How exterior lighting impacts wildlife.
Since the industrial revolution and the invention of the electric light bulb, the natural ecosystems of the Earth spend more and more time bathed in artificial light within a 24-hour cycle. How does the artificial light and lack of darkness impact wildlife? How does the obstruction of the night’s sky affect bird migration, pollination, and reproduction?
Much of the study of light and health has been dedicated to the impact of light upon humans, however animals and plants are also intrinsically photosensitive and subject to the unwanted effects of stray light. How can a rethinking of design and codes alleviate some of these harmful effects?
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify exterior lighting conditions that can be harmful to wildlife.
- Look at existing case studies and projects that have caused harm to wildlife.
- Understand existing lighting regulations and how these can support wildlife, and what can be done to improve existing standards.
- To look at existing case studies and projects that have been designed for the wellbeing of wildlife habitats and the environment.
Presenter: Jane Slade
Jane Slade, MID, LC, IES is the Specification Sales Manager for Speclines in Massachusetts, a lighting manufacturer’s representative agency specializing in outdoor lighting for municipalities, universities, corporations, commercial developments, and transportation agencies through an interdisciplinary approach of blending design, science and the latest technology. She is a lighting educator and researcher at Anatomy of Night (www.anatomyofnight.com), researching the many ways in which light impacts our environment, human health, wildlife, biodiversity, and interdependence. Jane is the co-host of the podcast Starving for Darkness where these impacts are also discussed. Jane Slade is a recent Richard Kelly Grant recipient for explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light and lighting, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused on manipulating emotional experiences with light and color. She is a member of the IES Committee for Outdoor Environmental Lighting, a contributor to LD+A on the topic of Wildlife, and is currently writing a book about the natural daylight cycle. In her spare time, she makes light art and jewelry in her studio, Anatomy of Light (www.anatomyoflight.com).
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.
The 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).
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 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 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.
What if you could sit down and have each of the premier lighting research facilities in the United States come to you and distill their recent activities to about ten minutes each? That seems like a valuable use of time and exactly what we have organized for you. Lighting research occurring now provides a glimpse into our industry’s future. What lighting trends are being further researched and why? This is part one of a two-part webinar series. In July, we will feature labs specifically researching light & health concerns. The June and July “Researching Light” Series will be moderated by Mark Lien, Industry Relations Manager at IES.
- Virginia Tech Transportation Institute – Dr. Ron Gibbons
- Pacific Northwest National Lab – Kelly Gordon
- Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Lab – Dr. Robert Karlicek
- Lighting Research Center – Dr. Nadarajah Narendran
- Lawrence Berkeley Lab – Jordon Shackelford
- Sandia National Lab – Dr. Paul Sharps
Webinar participants are eligible for one and a half (1.5) IES Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Dr. Ron Gibbons, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Ron Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Based Safety Systems (CIBSS) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He is the Institute’s lead lighting research scientist. He is currently the PI on projects investigating the impact of outdoor lighting on human health, the Spectral Effects of new light sources on roadways, the visibility of police vehicles and is the subject matter lead for the FHWA office Safety IDIQ contract. Dr. Gibbons is also an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech. Gibbons is the author of over 80 published papers on roadway lighting, photometry, and target visibility. He is a past Director of Division 4 of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and a past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
Kelly Gordon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kelly Gordon has been a Program Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 20 years. She manages the Advanced Lighting Research program with 24 team members who provide core technical support to the US Department of Energy Lighting R&D program. Kelly has focused throughout her career on lighting energy efficiency and technology development. She earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University and a BA in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.
Dr. Robert Karlicek, Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Lab
Dr. Robert F. Karlicek, Jr. is a professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior RPI, he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions related to optoelectronics, telecommunications and lighting systems with corporations including AT&T Bell Labs and General Electric. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 56 peer reviewed technical papers and 48 U.S. patents.
Dr. Nadarajah Narendran, Lighting Research Center
Dr. Narendran is a professor and director of research at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center. He is well known for his pioneering research in the field of solid-state lighting, including LED performance improvement through novel packaging, development of accelerated life-testing methods, and the use of LEDs in high-value lighting applications. His current research focuses on 3D printing for lighting, specifically investigations of the properties of materials and 3D printed components for lighting fixtures, including mechanical, thermal, optical, and electrical subcomponents. Dr. Narendran and his research group are leading the lighting industry transformation to supply on-site, on-time delivery of cost-effective lighting components and fixtures, and thus changing the current lighting practice. Dr. Narendran has authored more than 130 articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds over 50 patents. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and a member of the committee on the assessment of solid-state lighting for the National Research Council of the National Academies.
Jordon Shackelford, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Jordan Shackelford is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in the Electronics, Lighting & Networks Group at LBNL. Jordan has over 10 years of experience in emerging lighting and controls technology evaluations. He works in LBNL’s FLEXLAB on experimental design, testing, and analysis, and installs and manages lighting, controls, and monitoring systems in the lab. Jordan has worked on field demonstration projects for interior commercial LED retrofits and networked controls with auto-DR, and on early utility-funded LED street lighting and advanced controls research. He holds a Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford’s Atmosphere / Energy Program.
Dr. Paul Sharps, Sandia National Lab
Dr. Sharps is the manager of the Advanced Materials Sciences department at Sandia National Labs. He has a PhD in Materials Science from Stanford University. Prior to joining Sandia, he was involved in the development of high efficiency, III/V multi-junction solar cells for over 28 years, both at the Research Triangle Institute and at Emcore / SolAero. He has 24 US patents and over 120 conference proceedings and peer reviewed publications. He has either led or been involved with teams that have developed nine commercial products. Dr. Sharps also has extensive experience with growth, processing, and testing of III/V photovoltaic devices, as well as support of manufacturing yield improvement and process optimization.