Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2022 Making Progress: Improvements in Lighting Controls Systems

Making Progress: Improvements in Lighting Controls Systems

Ruth Taylor, PNNL  |  Dan Blitzer, Practical Lighting Workshop  |  Naomi Miller, PNNL

Virtual Monday
March 14, 2022
4:00PM - 5:30PM EDT


1.5 LU | HSW

A great deal has been written about the challenges to the adoption of lighting controls and — critically — their effective usage. This course takes a different perspective and presents what is being done to advance the state of the art with the goal of publicizing successful improvements and continuing communication and effort.

We address the improvements in lighting controls across three dimensions: developments in products; specification, provision, and configuration; and education. Drawing on current Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research on lighting control systems, this presentation adds valuable breadth and focus to the annual reviews of innovation and progress.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate advances in lighting control systems for improvements in performance and human interaction.
  • Apply improvements in the specification, installation, and configuration of lighting control systems.
  • Access education resources for the improvement of professional practice regarding lighting control systems.
  • Assimilate broad information supporting further improvements in lighting control systems.


Ruth Taylor
Project Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ruth Taylor currently serves as a project manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she has managed the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) Program for the Department of Energy since 2008. She spends much of her time sharing the results and recommendations from the ongoing evaluations at the indoor and outdoor NGLS living labs where connected lighting systems are installed in realistic settings and evaluated by team of lighting experts from around the country.

Dan Blitzer
Principal, Practical Lighting Workshop

Dan Blitzer is Principal of The Practical Lighting Workshop, a 29-year consultancy in lighting, marketing, and education. As educator, speaker, writer, and marketer, he brings 40 years of experience to issues of lighting technology and application, energy effectiveness and sustainability. He is a board member and past president of the Designer’s Lighting Forum of New York, a continuing educator for the American Lighting Association, a director and Treasurer of The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, and a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. He is Lighting Certified.

Naomi Miller
Designer/Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Naomi Miller straddles the line between design and engineering at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. By bridging the gap between technology and application, she promotes the wise use of LEDs, working with industry to overcome hurdles and celebrate the opportunities. She recently served on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors, and is both a Fellow of the IES and the IALD.