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 Assessing Connected Lighting Systems

Assessing Connected Lighting Systems: What Works and How Do We Know?

Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Dan Blitzer, The Practical Lighting Workshop

Tuesday, March 12
9:00am – 10:00am
Room: Nassau East
Credits: 1 AIA LU


For the last two years, The Next Generation Lighting Systems program has been assessing the actual installation, commissioning, and performance of “easy to install” connected lighting systems. This year, we report on observed and measured lighting and control performance, as well as user operation of the controls, for twelve systems installed in New York City.

Each system was designed to meet lighting and energy code requirements and installed to light its own space, making this the most robust evaluation of its kind. The evaluated systems that will be covered in the presentation include troffers, pendants and conversion kits, with luminaire-integrated and external control approaches.

Using evaluation notes, illuminance and luminance measurements, and “action” photography, and video clips, members of the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) evaluation team discuss what we learned – and what we didn’t. We will also identify key next steps – technical, design and communication – in the process of making lighting controls a larger and more effective part of the larger lighting market.


Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Ruth Taylor currently serves as a project manager on the Advanced Lighting Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where she contributes to a number of projects focused on the application and development of solid-state lighting (SSL). She began her career at PNNL in 1984 and has managed a number of projects for the Department of Energy including the outreach and deployment activities for the Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), the Commercial Lighting Solutions web tool development and implementation activities, as well as the management of the Commercially Available LED Product Evaluation and Reporting (CALiPER) program.

Currently, Ms. Taylor manages the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) competition, a highly successful, nationally recognized program which encourages technical innovation and promotes excellence in the design and implementation of energy-efficient LED connected lighting systems.

Dan Blitzer, The Practical Lighting Workshop
Mr. Blitzer is Principal of The Practical Lighting Workshop, a consultancy in lighting marketing and education. Dan serves as Faculty at the Philips Lighting Application Center and as a continuing educator for the American Lighting Association. In his consulting, communications, and educational practice, he brings over 35 years of experience to issues of lighting application, product evaluation, energy effectiveness, and sustainability.

Dan is Lighting Certified and serves on the Steering Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy's Next Generation Lighting Systems design competition. He is a board member and past president of the Designer’s Lighting Forum of New York, a director and Treasurer of The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, and a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society.