Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2022 Simplifying Systems with Smart Lighting

Simplifying Systems with Smart Lighting

Murrill Oakes, OneButton

March 16, 2022
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Location: Gramercy


1 LU | Elective

The innovative possibilities of Smart lighting can be divided into two primary categories: simplification of physical installation and simplification of user interaction. This course will explore the milestones of lighting installation since the introduction of lighting control systems and LED technologies. Smart lighting has allowed end users, designers, and construction teams to streamline controls and wiring complexity simultaneously. We will explore how the introduction of LED’s initially complicated systems, required additional control wiring, drivers, and more, and how the future of LED’s holds a different reality, free of lighting compatibility struggles and variable control infrastructure. Everyone can benefit from the intuitive nature of Smart Lighting within a well-designed system.

Learning Objectives

  • Lighting Zoning: Review infrastructure requirements for localized lighting and basic control systems versus whole home smart lighting, analyzing labor and energy consumption in each scenario.
  • LED Infrastructure: Explore how smart lights help overcome many of the obstacles associated with other, more traditional LEDs such as 0-10V and phase control.
  • Dimming Smarter: Learn the ease of compatibility allowing for this “flicker free” reality. Can smart lights eliminate the need for countless interfaces and control devices?
  • Simple Control: Understand the importance for simple controls amid myriad options presented by keypad design, voice control, and full spectrum lighting technologies.


Murrill Oakes
Project Design Manager, OneButton

Murrill Oakes currently holds the position of Lead Project Manager and Design Director at OneButton, a Brooklyn-based technology design firm and integrator. Beginning her career in the home automation industry as a Design Associate five years ago, Murrill has applied her interest in lighting and design to reimagine the role of integrator in high-end residential and commercial projects. Murrill moved to New York to pursue a degree in Architecture from Barnard College of Columbia University and has since completed a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her Masters included studies Media Design at Keio University in Tokyo and Design Engineering at The Royal College of Art in London where she studied technology’s place in the design discipline. Throughout her studies, Murrill had a keen interest in lighting, which led to a published thesis exploring the interplay between environmental lighting and psychology. She has continued pursuing this investigation through her roles as a lighting designer and control system programmer, specializing in Ketra and Lutron. As technologies continue to develop, she remains on the forefront of lighting technology integration, leading parter architects, contractors, and designers to push innovative technologies to their potential on every OneButton project.