Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2020 PANEL DISCUSSION: A Lighting Designer, a Component Engineer, and an Integrator Walk Into a Bar – DMX512 for LED Control in Architectural Applications

PANEL DISCUSSION: A Lighting Designer, a Component Engineer, and an Integrator Walk Into a Bar — DMX512 for LED Control in Architectural Applications

Tuesday, August 18
12:30pm – 2:00pm


Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

Instead of the beginning of a bad joke, its a discussion about the who, the what, & the why (and even an occasional why not) involved in successfully specifying and using DMX-512 as a control method for architectural lighting design. We will talk about things you should know before you start, and things you need to make sure everyone else knows as well. We'll also try to dispel some of the stranger, fiction-based misconceptions around what can be a useful tool for controlling LED loads when used properly.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the uses, limits & capabilities of the DMX 512-A control protocol in architectural & commercial applications.
  2. Participants will learn about the history and development of DMX, current best practices & the types of equipment for which it is suited.
  3. Participants will be able to identify when DMX-512 should be used as a control protocol and how to craft a narrative for its specification
  4. Participants will learn how to conduct and facilitate discussions around installation & implementation of DMX-512 with installers, owners, contractors and other stakeholders.


Shoshanna Segal
Principal, Luminous Flux, LLC

Shoshanna A. Segal is the Founder and Principal of Luminous Flux, LLC – an architectural lighting design studio in New York City. Ms. Segal is among the first lighting professionals in the world to receive the international certification, CLD having demonstrated mastery in seven domains of lighting design as established by the CLD Global organization and the International Association of Lighting Designers. Shoshanna has served on the lighting design faculties of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York School of Interior Design. She is a frequent speaker on architectural lighting design and control and sits on multiple technical committees for the IES. Ms. Segal is a professional member of the I.A.L.D. and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Nick Gonsman
Field Project Coordinator, ETC

Nick Gonsman works for ETC in New York City, where he specializes in control, networking, and color theory. He designs control infrastructures, data distribution systems, and writes education content for users of all levels. In the field, he conducts trainings, and supports Broadway & broadcast for controls development. Internally, he sits on the Eos Family Advisory Team, as well as the Controls Steering Team. Outside of ETC, Nick freelances as a designer and programmer for theatre and live events in the city. In his copious free time, Nick likes to make his own wine.