Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Beyond Lighting

Beyond Lighting: Challenges and Success from Integrating Lighting Controls, HVAC, & Plug Loads

Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tuesday, March 12
10:30am – 11:30am
Room: Nassau East
Credits: 1 AIA LU


Lighting controls are becoming more advanced and are interfacing with other building systems including HVAC, plug loads, and other non-energy systems. However, as the system becomes more complex, unique challenges occur for designers, installers, and commissioning agents.
Attendees will hear about multiple field evaluations of different levels of advanced lighting controls and learn about the challenges with those installations. A shocking number of fixtures have to be rotated in the space because the integrated sensors are in the wrong location. Using the lighting occupancy sensor to interface the HVAC system is easy on paper, but in practice involves multiple considerations. Receptacle (plug load) control has been a challenge to many end users and electrical engineers. How easy is it to use the lighting occupancy sensor to control the receptacles in a space?
Although challenges might exist, this presentation will deliver solutions to attendees to overcome these challenges that will allow for a successful installation of lighting controls that operate more than just lighting.


Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Myer has been with PNNL just under 11 years. Prior to joining PNNL, Michael worked as an architectural lighting designer in New York. Michael became an architectural lighting designer after completing his M.S. in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University.

Since joining PNNL Michael has worked on a wide-ranging number of lighting projects. Michael splits his time across a variety of programs including Building Energy Codes and Federal Appliance Standards; Commercial Building Integration, and Advanced Lighting / solid-state lighting. These programs provide Michael with a cross-cutting point of view where he can borrow and share across the programs. Michael has been involved in many field evaluations and demonstrations.