Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

Virtual Monday March 6th
In-person March 7–8, 2023
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2020 PANEL DISCUSSION: Lighting Controls — By Others?

PANEL DISCUSSION: Lighting Controls — By Others?

Wednesday, August 19
3:30pm – 5:00pm


Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

A panel discussion of how technology and user expectations have changed the process of designing lighting controls. How often does this phrase appear in contract documents for projects, and how do we collaborate to realize the goals of the design? Our panel considers lighting control scope from the initial narrative, to whole building networking, to individual luminaire controls and what happens between drivers and the LEDs that they control. This scaled approach will focus on the teamwork involved in turning on and tuning a light in a connected building.


  1. Lighting is just one of the many components that must network seamlessly in Building Systems Management.
  2. Energy codes, miniaturization of sensors and network integration hardware, and advances in wireless technology have driven our controls market to high levels of entropy.
  3. The rapidly growing demand for highly controllable LED lighting has made it incumbent for designers to understand the options for control.
  4. Efficiency and network design may be the scope of engineers, but quality of the controlled light should fall in the scope of Lighting Designers.


C. Webster Marsh, Designer, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
C. Webster Marsh is a lighting design controls specialist who has produced several white papers on the subject of lighting controls from the perspective of a specifier. Webster started in theatrical lighting design, and with his in-depth knowledge of DMX controls protocols, he found a natural progression into the world of architectural lighting design and controls. He has since expanded his knowledge to include all varieties of analogue, digital, wireless, and IP based protocols, which he regularly makes use of in projects around the world. In his day job he works at HLB Lighting Design in Boston, MA as a specifier on a variety of project types.

Carl Camenisch, Consultant, CC & A International
Carl Camenisch, having monoscopic vision from the age of 2, has always been fascinated by light and shadow. He found drawing to be a favorite pastime until he discovered his first love, photography. He holds a BS degree in Photo-Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has made a career in technical sales for imaging and optics, which covered many fields such as photolithography for semiconductors, video transport over fiber optics, and microfilm production and systems. Carl was introduced to the lighting industry in 2013 and shortly thereafter joined the IES. He was accepted to the IES standards committee for the Lighting Videoconferencing and Presentation Spaces Committee and is a member of the local SMPTE chapter. He recently retired from City Theatrical Inc. where he worked not only with theatrical but also film/video and architectural lighting tech. Carl remains an avid photographer curious about the craft, art and science of the human perception of light, but now he has more time to investigate the physics and psychology of the path and transformation of the photon from source to neuron.

Charles (Chuck) Cameron, Controls Manager, Stan Deutsch Associates
Charles Cameron is the controls manager for SDA where he helps specifiers, distributors and contractors provide effective, easy to install and efficient lighting controls. Prior to joining SDA, he spent sixteen years as lighting design consultant. His lighting designs have enhanced the environments of landmarks, museums, restaurants, galleries, residences, infrastructure and public spaces. In addition, he teaches at the New York School of Interior Design in the MPS in Interior Lighting Design program. Cameron served as the 89th president of the IESNYC from 2011/12-2012/13. He is also a founding director of the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx) where he continues to support their mission of improving the efficiency of the built environment.

Gary Dulanski, President, The Dulanski Group
Gary Dulanski is founder and President of The Dulanski Group, a manufacturer's representative agency covering the metropolitan New York area for lighting and lighting control equipment. He is past-president of the New York City section of the Illuminating Engineering Society, past emcee of the Lighting Innovation Awards at Lightfair, and the IESNYC Lumen Awards. Gary has been a guest lecturer in many lighting and electrical education programs including the M.F.A. in Lighting program at Parson's School of Design in NYC, New York School of Interior Design, CUNY, IES Lighting Education classes, and seminars at the LIGHTFAIR, LEDUCATION and LDI tradeshows.

Shaun Fillion, Program Director, NYSID | Lighting Studio Manager, RAB Lighting
Shaun Fillion, LC Educator IALD, is an award-winning lighting designer and educator. Fillion is Program Director for the Masters of Professional Studies in Lighting Design program at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), as well as Lighting Studio Manager at RAB Lighting.

Fillion has received Illumination awards, the IESNA Section Service Award and the Princess Grace Award. He has presented seminars at SXSW, LightFair International, LEDucation and the IES National Conference on topics including lighting and media, wireless technologies, and light pollution.
Fillion volunteers as vice chair of the IES Progress Committee, and serves as a member of the Libraries and Residential RP Committees. Fillion serves on the board of managers for the IES New York City Chapter, and as adviser to the Student Lighting Competition Committee. He is a certified instructor for AGi32.

Paula Martinez-Nobles, Associate Principal, Fisher Marantz Stone will also be speaking