Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2022 Acoustic Lighting: One Solution for 2 Design Problems

Acoustic Lighting: One Solution for 2 Design Problems

Clara Powell, Cooledge Lighting

March 15, 2022
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Location: Gramercy


1 LU | HSW

This session examines various approaches for incorporating acoustic lighting into buildings to help architects understand its value and provide the background required to evaluate their options.

Learn why acoustic lighting is suddenly an important component of designing modern spaces. Topics include the trends driving the need for acoustic lighting, in particular the intersection of open concept spaces with designing for wellness. Also, basic acoustic design factors that influence the effectiveness of acoustic lighting, and different approaches to combining acoustics and lighting.

  • Understand the trends driving the need for acoustic lighting
  • Understand different approaches to combining acoustics and lighting and the benefits of using acoustic lighting for open concept designs
  • Understand the most important characteristics of acoustic lighting that contribute to sound absorption and meaningful noise reduction
  • Understand the critical role specifiers have in implementing acoustic lighting


Clara Powell
Regional Sales Manager, Cooledge Lighting

With over 25 years of experience in architectural lighting and LED solutions, Clara Powell is currently focused on delivering innovative integrated lighting solutions, specifically luminous surfaces, that expand lighting horizons from a world of points and lines to one of luminous planes. At Cooledge Lighting she has spent her time working collaboratively with the local architectural and design community to both drive sales for the company and to educate designers on the benefits of using luminous surfaces for primary illumination applications.

Clara has deep connections to the New York lighting market with a history of introducing new products, technologies, and ideas as a lighting designer and in a variety of roles for prominent lighting manufacturers. Prior to joining Cooledge Lighting, Clara held management roles in both strategic marketing and national sales for established lighting manufacturers as well as cutting-edge start-ups and has led teams driving LED transformations in the architectural lighting market.

Clara began her career as a lighting designer working for renowned firms in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree of Interior Design from Pratt Institute, receiving a Richard Kelly Grant for her thesis, is a past two-term president of the IES New York Section and currently serves as the IESNYC Lumen Awards Co-Chair.