Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2021 Specifying Lighting for Residential Projects

Specifying Lighting for Residential Projects

Stephen Bernstein, CBB Lighting Design

March 16, 2021

10:30am –11:30am EST


1 LU – Elective


Specifying lighting for residential projects has become very complicated. Selections must be made based on color, color consistency, tunable white, dim-to-warm, colored lighting. Add to the mix, issues with retrofit lamps, dimming and dimming protocols and associated cost implications, the choices can make the design team’s head explode!

This talk will outline the different choices available and discuss the pros and cons for each item. It will give a designer a way to approach specifying lighting that is appropriate for their clients needs, aesthetically, functionally and financially.

Learning Objectives
1. Attendees will have the ability to detemine and select the choices of colored light available
2. The different choices of dimming systems available will be applied for the proper use.
3. The pros and cons of LED retrofit lamps will enhance the choices for application.
4. Aesthetic considerations when mixing architectural LED lighting fixtures with decorative luminaires chosen by the Architect or Interior Designer


Stephen Bernstein
Principal, CBB Lighting Design

Stephen Bernstein, a Founder and Principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and has also completed studies at Parsons The New School for Design. His award-winning work exemplifies his ability to respond creatively to the design intents of architects and interior designers. His designs provide an energy- and cost-efficient solution while maintaining a project’s overall design integrity.

In the course of his career, Stephen has met the challenges of a range of commercial, institutional, and residential projects, and has developed a complete understanding of building types, architectural styles and uses of space. He leads CBB’s lighting design team in successful projects for high-profile clients, nation-wide and around the world. His portfolio includes numerous LEED projects, including the first law office interiors to achieve LEED certification.

His innovative designs have been recognized with over 35 prestigious awards including the Lumen Award, Lumen Citation, IALD Award of Excellence, IALD Citation, GE Edison Award, the Architectural Lighting Magazine Outstanding Achievement Award, and multiple IES Illumination Awards. He was the first recipient of the Illuminating Engineering Society New York Section’s Brilliance Award, for his contribution to the New York City lighting community.

Stephen is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (MIES). He is currently on the Richard Kelly Grant’s Board of Directors. In the past, Stephen has served as Treasurer for the IALD and as a member of the IALD’s Board of Directors. He was instrumental in establishing the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City and served on the Center’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and its Advisory Council.

He has been a keynote speaker at the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center’s annual “Industry-Academia Days” Conference. He is on the advisory board for the graduate lighting program at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). Stephen is active in the education of emerging lighting designers: he was a judge for 2019 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition: Light & Culture and was a key organizer of the Center for Architecture’s Richard Kelly exhibit. He frequently speaks for AIA Continuing Education Systems (CES) courses. In addition, he has taught at Parsons The New School for Design, where he is a regular guest critic for the Masters’ program.