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: Transforming the Game-Time Experience: LED Sports Lighting and DMX Controls Case Studies

PANEL DISCUSSION: Transforming the Game-Time Experience: LED Sports Lighting and DMX Controls Case Studies

Wednesday, August 19
1:30pm – 3:00pm


Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

When combined, LED sports lighting and DMX control systems can create an immersive, elevated game-time experience through dynamic lighting shows. We’ll review the methods and strategies that elevate the fan experience to major league status, including new LED sources. We will discuss DMX control system design, techniques for developing programming content and communicating design goals with end users. Discussions will include design, budgetary constraints, integration, programming, commissioning, and training including how these issues evolve throughout the course of large-scale projects. Case studies will include the recently completed updates to Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park and the Villanova Wildcats’ Finneran Pavilion.


  1. Identify the critical decisions that must be made early in the design process for a successful LED sports lighting and control system
  2. Analyze the financial and technical challenges of incorporating LEDs and controls into existing venues
  3. Review programming techniques for large-scale DMX installations including the design of visual content, integration with AV systems, coordination with key stakeholders, and implementation challenges
  4. Walk through the commissioning process and training efforts necessary for a turn-key installation


Christy Rogers, EwingCole

Christy Rogers, PE, LC, LEED AP is a senior lighting designer and electrical engineer for EwingCole in Philadelphia, PA, with a focus in sports and entertainment design. Her specialties in lighting design, lighting control and energy analysis have provided clients with environments that improve working conditions, visitor experiences and overall energy expenditures. Ms. Rogers received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering with a Lighting/Electrical Emphasis from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003.

She has won numerous national and local awards for her lighting design work over the years and is an active member of the lighting design community. She has spent the last ten plus years on the Board of Managers for IES Philadelphia and is the Section’s Immediate Past President.

Dan Nichols, Controls & Integration Designer, Diversified
As a Project Manager at the New York City based architectural lighting design firm Focus Lighting, Dan Nichols spent over ten years specifying and engineering integrated lighting fixture and controls packages for some of the country’s top architects, designers, restaurateurs and developers. Now living in Philadelphia and working for Diversified, he manages specification, procurement and commissioning strategies for complex architectural lighting and control packages.

Richard Garman, EwingCole will also be presenting