Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Why Compatibility is the Magic Word

Why “Compatibility” is the Magic Word in Controlling LEDs

Manny Feris, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Wednesday, March 13
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room: Nassau East
Credits: 1 AIA LU


Controlling LEDs today means dimming. Dimming LEDs is only easy when ‘Compatibility’ is 100%, and that is either a magical or an exacting process. Since most of us are not Harry Potter, that means: 

1) there has to be an exact match between the LED module/engine and the driver — almost always done by the lighting fixture manufacturer;
2) there has to be an exact compatibility match between the LED driver and the dimmer control — done by a variety of manufacturer/design/construction team members;
3) there has to be an exact compatibility match of the interconnecting wiring between fixture/driver and the dimmer control — done by the installing electrical contractor; and, most important;
4) there has been an exact compatibility match of industry terms/definitions and client expectations.

This last item requires the human interaction and understanding that we all started to learn in the 1st grade, but don’t always have time to apply during the rush of design and construction. Creating and following a complete check list for success must be done early and re-confirmed every time a design/construction change is made—not really complicated, but not really a default process. Defining the vocabulary used in this check list and who is responsible for each step is the goal of this presentation. The presentation will include a list of the basic requirements to succeed in dimming LEDs, as well as advanced techniques that can be simply defined to allow a better chance of success in meeting design expression, code requirements and client expectations.


Manny Feris, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Manny Feris is senior member OEM team and joined Lutron in a sales role providing NYC based technical support to architects, engineers, lighting designers and interior designers. He has represented Lutron at national and regional trade shows, including ASID, Light Fair, AIA and Philadelphia Lights.

Mr. Feris has conducted multiple seminars on all aspects of lighting and lighting controls for varied customer groups and in-house seminars at interior designer, architectural, engineering and lighting design firms.

He taught “Lighting Fundamentals” course for the New York Section Illuminating Engineering Society and is currently on staff at New Jersey Institute of Technology/School of Architecture – Lighting Design elective for graduates/undergraduates. He has a Bachelor of Science-Physics Major/ American History Minor degree.