Moderator: Jim Benya, Principal, Benya Burnett Consultancy
James Benya is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of the IES and a Fellow of the IALD with over 42 years of experience in
architectural lighting design. He is currently practicing architectural lighting design, expert research and consulting in Davis, California.
A Few Clarifcations on Blue Light and LED Street Lighting
LED street lighting has been in the news a lot lately, pertaining to concerns about blue light and potentially related issues. In particular, following a press
release from the American Medical Association in June, 2016, the public’s perception of heightened health risks associated with LED street lighting has
greatly increased. However, much of the concern is being driven by confusion, incomplete information and a lack of clarity between what has been factually
established and what has not. From a lighting perspective, problematic assumptions often underlie claims that are not supported by actual feld experience
from typical conversions of high pressure sodium to LED products. This presentation will step through a sampling of such current misunderstandings and
provide data, context, and real-world information in response to the key concerns being raised.
Panelist: Bruce Kinzey, Director, US DOE Municipal Solid-State Lighting Consortium, Pacifc Northwest National Laboratory
Bruce Kinzey has worked in energy effciency and renewable energy at PNNL for 30 years as a research engineer. He joined DOE’s Solid-State Lighting team in 2006, originally managing the GATEWAY technology demonstration program. Bruce is presently the Director of the
DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium and was the main technical support for the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, a recently
completed White House initiative.
Designing Quality Public Lighting for the Customer. Why the Public Matters.
Public lighting is often installed with little thought to the customer: the public. While attention to meeting standards for illumination levels and uniformity are
often considered, the actual quality of the lighting design and its impact on the user are often neglected with disastrous results. Too often improvement in
visibility takes a back seat and glare and light trespass are created in the process of chasing uniformity goals.
With a global conversion to LED lighting underway, cities need to take the initiative to engage citizens with pilot demonstrations when installing public
lighting and preserve neighborhood ambiance in the process. Quality public lighting design is made easier with LED and controls and it should serve as a
basis for the new era of Smart Cities. This presentation will explore the essential elements of quality public lighting design and show real world examples to
emulate, as well as those to be avoided.
Panelist: Bob Parks, Executive Director, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance
Bob Parks is an IES member, Lighting Certifed (LC), and an ecological lighting designer/consultant. He currently serves as chair of the of
the IES environmental outdoor lighting committee.
Mr. Parks founded the non-proft Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance to promote Smart Urban Lighting in 2014. SOLA encourages the use of
adaptive controls to save energy, money, reduce CO2 and improve visibility.
Outdoor Lighting Color Temperature From a Manufacturer Perspective
Color temperature, or more specifcally lighting spectrum and blue-light content, has been widely discussed and debated since the emergence of LED
technology. As part of a panel discussion on the topic, this presentation will address the role the manufacturer plays. Points addressed include the
specifcation and buying process and each channel member’s roles and responsibilities, the technical aspects of CCT in the design and marketing of an
outdoor luminaire, and ways that manufacturers can contribute to the knowledge base.
Panelist: Thor Scordelis, General Manager, Leotek Electronics USA LLC
Thor has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and general management. In addition to his industry experience, Thor worked
at PG&E where he was the Emerging Technologies-Lighting Portfolio Manager managing a multi-million dollar research budget focused
on assessing the market viability and readiness of emerging lighting technologies. In 2010 Thor was a steering committee member and
contributor to the development and implementation of the lighting chapter of the California’s Energy Effciency Strategic Plan.
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