Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2021 A Holistic Approach to DC Lighting

A Holistic Approach to DC Lighting

Zachary Ingalls and Chris Sorensen, Architectural Lighting Solutions–Acuity Brands Lighting

August 17, 2021

12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

1 LU Elective


Improvements in luminaire efficacy have led to varying approaches to low voltage DC power systems like PoE that offer easier/faster installation, lower system cost, and improved environmental sustainability. Once we start seeing lighting fixtures as solid-state digital devices, we can imagine advanced solutions that are holistically designed to improve our lighting experience. What is the key to wide-spread adoption of these systems and what is the greater impact in the built environment? We will review what the future of these systems might look like and how they could fundamentally change how we design office and commercial environments.

Learning Objectives
1. Participants will gain a basic technical understanding of the many different low voltage DC power systems available on the market today
2. Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of available low voltage DC power systems on the market
3. Participants will gain insights into how low voltage DC systems can have a positive environmental impact and reduce costs
4. Participants will learn how to think holistically about lighting spaces with DC power management/controls system and they will be encouraged to think about how these systems could transform the modern office


Zachary Ingalls
Senior Design Engineer, Lighting Concept Center | Architectural Lighting Solutions; Acuity Brands Lighting

Zach has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from CU Boulder and has been designing lighting fixtures for 10 years. He joined the Lighting Concept Center of Acuity Brands in 2018 and has shined as an accomplished engineer with a creative approach to solving any lighting challenge.

Chris Sorensen
Director Design Engineering, Luminaire Concept Center | Architectural Lighting Solutions; Acuity Brands Lighting

Trained as a Mechanical Design Engineer at CU Boulder, Chris Sorensen has been at the cutting edge of architectural lighting development for the past 12 years. Since 2018 Chris has been the Director of the Luminaire Concept Center of Acuity Lighting where he leads a highly specialized team of lighting professionals as they develop the future of architectural lighting. When not looking at LEDs, Chris likes getting muddy riding dirt bikes!