Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2020 Drivers: Impossible. Your Mission…

Drivers: Impossible. Your Mission...

Tuesday, August 18
11:00am – 12:00pm


Credits: 1 AIA LU

LED drivers are critical to the performance of LED lighting systems, and yet hardly anyone knows what they really do, or what is important to specify about them. All you need for better outcomes is to write a tight spec, to defend it, and some coordination. In this presentation, a lighting designer and an engineer will reveal all you need to know to write better specs, save time and heartache, and care for your designs and clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and understand the function, importance, and variety of LED drivers.
  2. Apply driver performance parameters to write detailed specifications and avoid problems.
  3. Appreciate the consequences of allowing, through ignorance or inattention, incorrect or low-quality drivers on a project.
  4. Review the most consequential specification mistakes and common installation errors, examine what the outcomes could be, and show how to prevent them.


Tom Shearer
Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Tom Shearer joined Lutron Electronics in 2001 as an electrical engineer with a background in power electronics. After developing fluorescent dimming ballasts, he led the development of Lutron LED driver products to achieve the same control performance as standard light sources on the market. Tom has been awarded patents in the areas of LED driver technology, and control of tunable white lighting.

Tom works with industry-lighting designers and lighting fixture manufacturers to develop innovative control options for indoor and exterior lighting. He has worked on projects from high-end homes to museums to multi-building campuses to ensure effective control by coordinating specifications and control types from design to owner occupancy.

Tom is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has presented at technical seminars and conferences on the topic of LEDs, LED drivers, and lighting control in general.

Kenny Schutz
Principal, Focus Lighting

Kenny is a principal at Focus Lighting where he is the Head of Project Management and concentrates on providing technical support for fixtures and controls to the company’s designers and projects. He was the project manager for Ocean Wonders: Sharks! (2019 Lumen Award), Yotel (2012 Lumen Award), “Science Storms” at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (2011 Lumen Award, IES Guth Award), Bourbon Steak (2010 Lumen Award), and Royalton Hotel Lobby (2009 Lumen Award). Kenny has spoken at Lightfair and LEDucation, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a NCQLP Lighting Certified (LC) professional, a member of the IES Progress Report Committee, and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. Prior to joining Focus, Kenny enjoyed eight years as a freelance theatrical lighting designer and taught at Vassar College, New York University, and Connecticut College.