Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2020 PANEL DISCUSSION: Wireless Control Systems: If Only You Could Get Them to Work

PANEL DISCUSSION: Wireless Control Systems: If Only You Could Get Them to Work

Wednesday, August 19
5:00pm – 6:30pm


Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

Controls can do so much. If only you could get them to work! The Next Generation Lighting Systems Living Lab in New York is working to realize the promise of simpler, more economical wireless lighting control systems.

This seminar takes on challenges of specifying, installing, and configuring these systems so they deliver the results you want. Common issues with wireless controls will be address, offering approaches gleaned from experiences at the Living Lab, including recently installed systems. Since many problems begin with the specification, examples of how to a document desired performance will be discussed.


  1. Read between the lines of product descriptions
  2. Understand practical approaches to making your system work
  3. Write a specification to get what they want
  4. Receive an update on new wireless systems in practice


Dan Blitzer, Principal, Practical Lighting Workshop

Dan Blitzer is Principal of The Practical Lighting Workshop, a consultancy in lighting marketing and education, and Faculty at the Signify (Philips) Lighting Application Center. As educator, speaker, writer, and marketer, he brings 40 years of experience to issues of lighting technology and application, energy effectiveness and sustainability.
Dan is Lighting Certified and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy's Next Generation Lighting Systems design competition. He is a board member and past president of the Designer’s Lighting Forum of New York, a continuing educator for the American Lighting Association, a director and Treasurer of The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, and a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Dan holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and resides in New York City.

Ruth Taylor, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ruth Taylor currently serves as a program manager on the Advanced Lighting Team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she contributes to several projects focused on the application and development of solid-state lighting. Currently, Ms. Taylor manages the Next Generation Lighting Systems evaluations, a highly successful, nationally recognized program which encourages technical innovation and promotes excellence in the design and implementation of energy-efficient, connected lighting systems.

Craig Bernecker
Professor of Lighting Design, Director MFA Lighting Design Program
Parsons School of Design, The New School/The Lighting Education Institute

Dr. Bernecker has been a lighting educator for over 35 years. He is founder of The Lighting Education Institute, providing professional education, and Professor of Lighting Design and Director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design program at Parsons School of Design, The New School. Prior to founding The Lighting Education Institute, he directed the lighting education program within the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University. He has published more than fifty articles on research and education in lighting design and illumination engineering and is known for his work on the psychological aspects of lighting. He also maintains an active consulting practice, providing lighting design services and serving as an expert consultant on many projects and as an expert witness on many legal cases. He regularly serves as a peer reviewer for lighting research proposals and projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. He further has served for 15 years as Educational Facilitator for LIGHTFAIR International, coordinating the development of the annual conference program, and annually teaches the IES online lighting certification review course in preparation for the NCQLP LC exam. Dr. Bernecker has served the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) as Vice-President for Technical and Research Activities (1991-1993) and Vice-President for Educational Activities (1993-1995). More recently, he served the Society in its highest office, as Senior Vice-President for 2003-2004, President for 2004-2005, and Immediate Past President for 2005-2006. As a result of his contributions to lighting education, the Society named him a Fellow in 1991, and for his service to the IES, the Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

Melanie Taylor, Lighting Designer, WSP

With more than 25 years working as a professional architectural lighting designer, Melanie leads the lighting design studio for WSP Buildings in the United States. Melanie’s work includes transportation projects, commercial campuses, healthcare institutions, hospitality, and lighting for urban neighborhoods. Melanie teaches for the MPS in Lighting Design program at the New York School of Interior Design and is a steering committee member and judge for the Next Generation Luminaire System Competition. Melanie is a Certified Lighting Designer and is a professional member of the IALD.