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Evolution of Luminaires: History, Future, Culture, Technology, Design Workshop at The LED Show

Far too often discourse about the future of lighting is focused only on new technologies emerging, evolving, and multiplying at a dizzying rate, and on a relentless news feed of mergers, acquisitions and market projections. We forget that“disruptive” transitions to new technologies in the past closely mirror those in the present and that we can look to history as a rich source of ideas for better design. 

Today new technologies offer unlimited new possibilities to use light in ways never before possible. But to date the prevalent design approach has been to simply replace incandescent and fluorescent sources with LED in fixtures that were designed around the limitations of those earlier technologies. We are often constrained by our cognitive grasp of what constitutes a light source in the first place – the lines between lamps, fixtures, and other components and systems are steadily blurring and being redefined. And our entire electrical infrastructure, originally designed and installed first to deliver electric incandescent lighting, must be gradually upgraded and transformed in order to make the best use of LED and other new technologies, such as IoT. This presents a wide set of unique challenges to designers of luminaires and the power and control systems behind them. 

Many trends in the lighting industry impact luminaire design today, including miniaturization; consolidation of functions; simplification; digitization; sensorization; “ledification”; LiFI; embedded intelligence; connectivity; and supply chain compression. And as technologies multiply and combine, we find ourselves redefining our fundamental relationship with light.

Questions that this workshop will address include:

• How can we adapt to the fundamental directional nature of LED light sources when previous technologies are omnidirectional?

• How can we manage our product roadmap, and how can we figure out what the market really needs?

• How can we manage a potentially crushing proliferation of SKUs in our product line an din lighting products in general?

• How can we plan for products that meet the needs of retrofit vs new construction?

• How can we insure that non-lighting functions and stakeholders don’t exert undue influence on lighting decisions?

• Who do we partner with: when and why?

The 4 hour workshop session will consist of presentations, a panel discussion, and audience Q&A and collaboration. It will include an overview of historical, cultural, and aesthetic influences in luminaire design in addition to technical considerations. Leading luminaire designers, product managers, and specifiers will present successful solutions and approaches. Interactive group exercises will focus on identifying products and applications that are most needed to meet today’s challenges for energy performance, health and wellbeing, modularity, adaptability, connectivity, and “future proofing.”

It will also include a design charrette, whereby audience and speakers divide into three teams to develop a design concept for a luminaire. Each team will have approximately an hour to develop concepts, then present them to the speaker panel, who will act as funders/approvers of the project. 

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IESSF Emerging Professionals Event with Janet Moyer - Thursday March 10

The IES Emerging Professionals San Francisco is pleased to present an evening with landscape lighting guru Janet Lennox Moyer.

Janet Moyer, quite literally wrote the book on landscape lighting. First published in 1992 The Landscape Lighting Book, now in its third addition, laid the foundation for contemporary outdoor illumination. Its scope has expanded to cover the use of LEDs, as well as new and expanded coverage of renderings, Mesopic Vision, and the latest controls approaches and systems.

This golden tome was followed by “She Paints with Light” in 2008 and a second volume in 2009 showcasing her work in full color, a considerable achievement considering the subtleties of lighting the night.

An honored speaker at LightFair, we are proud to have her impart her wisdom to our chapter.

Please join us for a wonderful evening.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. You must register in advance.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:00 - 8:30pm

DPR Construction
945 Front St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jeremy Steinmeier, AIA, LC   jeremy_steinmeier@gensler.com
Kasey Nunes   nuneskasey@gmail.com




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Net-Zero Nonzero: Lighting and the Evolving Smart City
1:00pm 1:00pm

Net-Zero Nonzero: Lighting and the Evolving Smart City

We hear a lot lately about Net Zero buildings that produce as much energy as they consume, and as we extend this idea to cities, energy efficiency will continue to be a crucial part of our future. NonZero refers to the human part of the equation: social arrangements, especially cities, where a nonzero (or win-win) game is possible, where cooperation, exchange, innovation, trade, environmental, balance and sustainable growth are possible. With the world rapidly urbanizing, strategies that facilitate nonzero interactions are essential to our survival. The Smart City, for which lighting is an important driving force, is one of these strategies.

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5:30pm 5:30pm

Elevating Brand Experience Lighting Techniques- IESSF Event

Webster's definition of a brand is a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name. Whereas branding aims to create a unique experience to reinforce a product or service. How does light change the perception of a brand? How can memorable iconic lighting elements reinforce a brand? In addition to these questions the dialog between the clients brand, the architect's brand, and the lighting designer's brand, and who's brand should take the lead will be discussed. Angela McDonald and Faith Jewell will present examples of different lighting techniques in project installations where lighting becomes part of the brand. 

Repetition of elements, pushing and pulling of scale, use of color and making memorable iconic lighting statements are some techniques used to elevate a brand experience or change the perception of a brand. Some of the brands to be discussed include Verizon, Target, Visa, LAX, and Jins.

Angela McDonald, Senior Principal at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design San Francisco
Faith Jewell, Associate at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design San Francisco


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5:30pm 5:30pm

Connective Innovation & Emerging Technologies: What’s NEXT in Lighting and Tech

IES San Francisco Section & Autodesk present:

Zach Gentry, Vice President, Enlighted
Stephanie Egger, Building Scientist, Autodesk
Ebbe AltbergCEO, Linden Lab
Clifton Lemon, Founder, LightPlace Advisors, Clifton Lemon Associates

Lights that sense where you are and give you behavioral data that helps you plan better spaces? Immersion experiences that allow you to feel like you’re really in a space, complete with hyper-realistic daylight and electric light? Lights and sensor systems that know how you feel better than you do? Things like this are not only coming soon, they’re already here and being combined and deployed in surprising new ways. Today we’re deluged with talk about Smart Cities, advanced controls, Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, Industrial Internet, Physical Internet...it seems like very day there’s a new innovation, technology, or paradigm to know about or risk being seen as behind the curve. You might be feeling a bit of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). 

Will a robot eat your job? When? The answers are: yes and probably sooner than you’re comfortable with. Automation and machine learning replace a lot of jobs (as they should in many cases) but despite what Silicon Valley, politicians, or some economists may want you to believe, they usually don’t create new ones. How do you cope?

In the lighting industry, the talk has been about smart controls and applications that go far beyond what we know of lighting today, so far, in fact that the industry may become unrecognizable much faster than we think. This event will challenge you to see your current practice in a much larger context and to make technology work for you rather than vice versa.


5:30 – 6:30 Networking

6:30 – 6:35 Introductions & Announcements 

6:35 - 8:00 Presentations 

8:00– 8:30 Moderated Panel Discussion: Combining Emerging Technologies and Innovations to Create the Lighting Industry of the Future
Clifton Lemon, Moderator Zach Gentry, Stephanie Egger, Ebbe Altberg 


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Cities That Learn: Lighting & the History and Future of Smart City

Cities That Learn: Lighting & the History and Future of Smart City

This seminar at LightShow West Oct 21, presented by Clifton Lemon explores the fascinating history of public lighting and its invaluable role in determining how new technologies may evolve to help society adapt to increasing urban density and environmental and economic challenges. Optimal outcomes in lighting and Internet of Things (IOT) – reducing energy use, increasing retail sales, enhancing property values, improving municipal services, and making cities vibrant healthy places to live – depend on better public and private decisions about design and investment in the new technologies. The many interrelated benefits that new technology and good design provide mean that owners, developers and public agencies must pay more attention to the multidisciplinary practice of urban public lighting as an integral component in urban planning for night time use of cities.

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