Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2021 Standardizing Lighting Controls and Sensors for Upgradeability

Standardizing Lighting Controls and Sensors for Upgradeability

Gabe Arnold and Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

March 16, 2021

3:30pm – 4:30pm EST


1 LU – Elective


The lack of standardization of lighting control systems can lock customers into proprietary solutions and prevent upgradeability and futureproofing benefits. This panel will discuss new standardization efforts to standardize driver information (ANSI C137.4, D4i) and control sensor shapes & sizes (Zhaga Books 18 & 20, NEMA). Standardized drivers and shapes and sizes of sensors can enable upgradeability and futureproofing benefits while allowing for interchangeability across manufacturers to support the growth of smart lighting + IoT. This panel will discuss the basis of these efforts, the user’s perspective, & programs supporting both standardization and upgradeability in more products.

Learning Objectives
1. Attendees will have the ability to properly choose the appropriate control protocol. (i.e., 0-10 V, DALI, DMX, etc) protocols including the pros and cons of each protocol.
2. Industry activities to standardize sensors into similar groupings of shape and size to support integration in luminaires will support correct application of product and design.
3. Industry activities to standardize driver and sensor data and associated communication protocols will enhance proper application and evaluation for the field metric.
4. Benefits and use cases of standardized driver and sensor data including lighting asset, energy, and diagnostic data.


Gabe Arnold
Senior Lighting Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Gabe is a Sr. Engineer on the Advanced Lighting Team. Gabe joined PNNL in January of 2020. Prior to that, he was the Technical Director at the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) where he led a scientist/engineer team developing performance standards for solid-state lighting, horticultural lighting, and connected lighting systems. Gabe has spent much of his career at the nexus between technology R&D and deployment, working to improve the performance of efficient building technologies and their adoption in the market. He’s worked extensively with electric utilities, manufacturers, and building trades. He works remotely from Burlington, Vermont and is a registered Professional Engineer (electrical).

His research interests include:
Connected lighting systems and IoT
Zero energy buildings
Grid-interactive efficient buildings
Energy impacts of lighting for health and well-being.

Michael Myer
Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Michael Myer has been with PNNL for 13 years. Prior to joining PNNL, Michael worked as an architectural lighting designer in New York. Michael became an architectural lighting designer after completing his M.S. in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University.

Since joining PNNL Michael has worked on a wide-ranging number of lighting projects. Michael splits his time across a variety of programs including Building Energy Codes and Federal Appliance Standards; Commercial Building Integration, and Advanced Lighting / solid-state lighting. These programs provide Michael with a cross-cutting point of view where he can borrow and share across the programs. Michael has been involved in many field evaluations and demonstrations.