2023 The Future of Lighting in the Metaverse

Erin McDannald, Lighting Environments and Environments by LE

March 8, 2023
9:30am – 10:30am EST

Room Location: Gramercy

Credit: 1 LU / Elective

As many industries adopt the metaverse, the lighting industry has the opportunity to better embrace this technology. This presentation will focus on how lighting companies can get involved in the metaverse and how it will make a significant impact on business, customer service, and the environment. Attendees will learn how to design in the metaverse and about the benefits of hosting a virtual lighting showroom, circumventing the ongoing supply chain delays and rising costs of samples.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will have a better understanding of the metaverse and what technology is needed to enter the field.
  2. Attendees will understand the various ways the metaverse will benefit their business.
  3. Attendees will learn about the benefits of creating lighting showrooms in the metaverse.
  4. Attendees will comprehend the sustainability and financial benefits of metaverse.


Erin McDannald

Erin McDannald
CEO and Co-owner, Lighting Environments and Environments by LE

Erin McDannald, CEO and co-owner of Lighting Environments and its subsidiary company, Environments, has guided clients throughout the lighting design and construction process for over two decades.

Trained as an interior designer, McDannald joined Baltimore’s New Design Light firm in the sales department in 2003, before becoming co-owner in 2009. Under her leadership, the company was rebranded to Lighting Environments to reflect the company’s expansion into lighting technology offerings for all built environments.

Now, McDannald is leading the company to meet the rapidly changing connected device market head-on with the launch of its emerging technology company, Environments by LE. Environments offers full-scale, adaptable solutions that holistically support businesses from end-to-end, from energy management to health monitoring. Further, Environments is elevating physical spaces to allow for cutting-edge interaction with a digital twin in the metaverse. With every development and service, Environments aims to create healthy, inclusive, and accessible spaces for all users and occupants.

McDannald recently participated in The New York Times 2022 World Economic Forum Debate, arguing against the metaverse being the “opium of the masses.”


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