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 IoT Connected Lighting

IoT Connected Lighting: A Design Guide

Jered Widmer, The Lighting Practice; Paula Ziegenbein, Hartranft Lighting Design; Ardra Zinkon, Tec Studio

Tuesday, March 12
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Room: Gibson
Credits: 1.5 AIA LU


IoT Connected lighting systems provide challenges as well as opportunities for the Design Team and Owner. The IES has recently formed a new IoT Connected Lighting Committee to create a Design Guide to assist with planning. Lighting has the ability to take on a key role in developing a connected space. This session will review opportunities for connected light in typical project environments; discuss the lighting designer’s enhanced role as well as providing a knowledge base on technology options and features. Additionally, we will uncover steps to take in the planning process, discuss potential pitfalls and include a case study on a realized project.


Jered Widmer, IALD, MIES, The Lighting Practice
Jered Widmer, IALD, MIES, Principal with The Lighting Practice has 18 years of experience designing lighting for a variety of academic, corporate, retail, hospitality, healthcare, and liturgical projects. He merges creative principles and techniques to enhance the user environment. Jered educates clients and team members through a collaborative design process, facilitating a better understanding of the impact of lighting.

As a specifier, Jered is actively integrating IoT lighting technology into projects nationwide, including one of our nation’s largest retailers. His extensive range of experience has provided unique insight into how IoT can benefit end-users. He is an early adopter of smart home technology and uses his home to test new products and integration concepts that merge lighting, sound, heating/cooling, video, and window shading solutions.

As an educator and member of the lighting community, Jered has served fourteen years as an adjunct professor at Drexel University, educating architectural students on lighting. He is extremely active as a Professional member of the IALD and IES. With the IES, he has held the position as the Philadelphia-section President and continues to remain active as a board member and volunteer. On a National level, he is serving his tenth year on the IES Progress Report Committee – currently holding the role of Chair. With the IALD, Jered has just been re-elected to his second 2-year position on the Membership Committee.

Paula Ziegenbein, Hartranft Lighting Design
As senior project manager with Hartranft Lighting Design, Paula’s work includes diverse projects in education, mixed use residential, hospitality, museums, offices, retail and transportation. She brings more than 28 years of experience in the lighting industry, and a perspective informed through service in key product development and strategic marketing roles with Global lighting leader OSRAM.

Ardra Paige Zinkon, CLD, IALD CLD, IALD, MIES, Tec Studio
Ardra Paige Zinkon is the President of Tec Studio, a lighting and technology design firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Zinkon is recognized as a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) by the Certified Lighting Design Commission and is a fully accredited Professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). Ms. Zinkon is also an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) where she has served as a Director-at-Large on the IES Board of Directors. In addition, she contributes to the following national committees to maintain her expertise in the industry: Co-Chair of the IES IoT Connected Lighting Committee, IES Progress Report Committee and the IES Library Lighting Committee. Additional national speaking engagements include: Lightfair International, IALD Enlighten Americas Conference, IES Annual Conference, NeoCon, and GovEnergy.