• Pacific Energy Center (map)
  • 851 Howard Street
  • San Francisco, CA, 94103
  • United States

(Registration is administered by PG&E)

Please Join Us for A Light Affair 2016: Architectural Lighting Product Showcase!

Free Showcase & CEU Seminars. Appetizers & Beverages served.

The IES San Francisco and PG&E Pacific Energy Center will host the 12th annual A Light Affair, an Architectural Lighting Product Showcase on Thursday June 16th, 2016.

  • This event will include presentations on interior and exterior lighting applications, and is expected to attract more than 700 architects, designers, engineers, contractors, energy consultants, and trade professionals. The showcase will include an exhibit area where more than 100 exhibitors will display and demonstrate the latest architectural grade, energy efficient lighting products and technologies.
  • There will be four IES/CEU & AIA/LU accredited seminars being offered free of charge throughout the day.
  • PG&E will staff a table to provide visitors information about lighting rebates and incentives, as well as applicable building and appliance energy efficiency standards.

This annual event is free and open to the public. A Light Affair is organized and co-sponsored by PG&E Pacific Energy Center and the Illuminating Engineering Society San Francisco Section.


Educational Seminars: IES/CEU & AIA/LU accredited one or one and a half hour each:

We suggest you arrive early for seminars. Seating is limited. They are extremely popular and will fill up fast. SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Requests for CEU/LU must be made through IES San Francisco website between June 17th and June 27th. (Instructions will be given during the seminars.)

12:15PM – 1:15PM
The Path to Successfully Specifying LED Lighting Control
Speaker: Chris Yorgey, Senior Design and Development Engineer at Lutron

This course is accredited for 1 contact hour of IES/CEU’s for NCQLP Certification and AIA/LU’s.

This presentation is a discussion of the rapid evolution of the use of LED’s for lighting and the technology for controlling them. As with any new technology, there are challenges that require consideration to ensure a successful outcome. We will review the various issues facing specifiers today and how they can be addressed. An important focus is on the proper methods of dimming and controlling LED lighting.  Also presented are recommendations for specifying LED lighting and controls to ensure compatibility and successful installations This presentation is intended for architects, lighting designers and other professionals involved in the design of commercial and residential buildings. It is an informative session that would also be of general interest to anyone following the shift to LED lighting from incandescent and fluorescent lighting.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to describe the advantages, performance challenges and limitations of LEDs when they are dimmed.
  • Understand the differences between LED lamps(bulbs) and LED fixtures, and where each product is applicable.
  • Know the differences between the various dimming control protocols and standards.
  • Provide specifications for successful projects with knowledge of the benefits and limitations of LED lighting.

Technical Learning Level: All

Seminar presentation


Delicious Illumination - Tasty ways to add LED's into Homes & Gardens
Speaker: Randall Whitehead, President at Randall Whitehead Lighting Inc.

This course is accredited for 1 contact hour of IES/CEU’s for NCQLP Certification and AIA/LU’s.

Randall Whitehead, a regular guest expert on HDTV and Martha Stuart Living Radio, will act as your guide to the best of the emerging alternative light sources, while taking you on a roller coaster ride of good and bad lighting. This presentation will show you how to incorporate energy efficient sources into a comprehensive and inviting design, giving a look that feels like incandescent. The quality of illumination remains with the added benefit of reduced wattage and fixtures that can last a very, very long time. As newer versions of LEDs are coming onto the market, learning what to look for on the label can go a long way in making more informed decisions about the products that you select. Some of the terminologies will be familiar, but some may be new to you. Whether you are using LED sources or not, the basic premise of good lighting design, called light layering, remains the same. This is when different functions of light- task, accent, ambient and decorative are used in combination to create a cohesive and flexible illuminated environment. This technique has not changed with the introduction of alternative light sources, but what we choose can make or break the success of the lighting design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with light layering, the basic premise of good lighting design.
  • Learn how to incorporate energy efficient sources into a comprehensive and inviting design, giving a look that feels like incandescent.
  • Become familiar with the major factors in how we perceive illumination and also how the colors of objects within a space are affected.
  • Become familiar with the terminology used to describe color properties and light output, so you can make informed decisions when selecting lighting products.

Technical Learning Level: All

Seminar materials:


Light Source Color Rendition: TM-30-15…Understanding the IES Method for Evaluating Color
Speaker: David Aurelien, Sr. Principal Scientist at Soraa 

This course is accredited for 1.5 contact hours of IES/CEU’s for NCQLP Certification and AIA/LU’s. 

TM-30-15 provides new metrics for evaluating the color rendition of light sources. This course will include three sections:

  1. Color science fundamentals – This introduction will cover the basics of color spaces, chromaticity, chromatic adaptation, and color rendering. It will build the foundation for discussion on TM-30. 
  2. Understanding TM-30 – This section will include a discussion of each measure in the TM-30 method, as well as detailed analysis showing why it is an improvement over existing measures, such as CRI.
  3. Research Results and Case Studies – Research results on color preference will be reviewed and interpreted in view of TM-30. We will also examine example scenarios where TM-30 might be used by a manufacturer or specifier.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand color science fundamentals
  • Understand TM-30 – how and when to use it, and the differences between TM-30 and CRI.
  • Understand how to select the appropriate color rendition for a given application.

Technical Learning Level: Intermediate

Seminar presentation


What’s New in Title 24, Part 6 2016 and Title 20?

Speaker: Kelly Cunningham, Senior Program Manager, PG&E Codes and Standards

California’s energy standards represent innovation through forward-thinking policy but can be seen as a challenge for practitioners who must implement complex codes. Energy Code Ace team member Kelly Cunningham offers insight into lighting measures in upcoming versions of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) and Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20). This presentation provides an overview of the standards going into effect on January 1, 2017, and free tools and resources available to help “decode” both Title 24 and Title 20.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe lighting-related measures in the upcoming 2016 Building Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) and discuss lessons learned through the implementation of the 2013 standards.
  • Clarify the mandatory controls requirements for lighting alterations for both the current and pending code cycles. Demonstrate free tools and resources available for further understanding of these measures.
  • Provide an overview of the recent rulemaking affecting replacement lamps in California’s Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20).
  • Explain how codes and standards play a role in California’s path to Net Zero Energy.

Technical Learning Level: Intermediate

Seminar materials:


We suggest you arrive early for seminars. Seating is limited. They are extremely popular and will fill up fast. SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. Registration for A Light Affair expo does not guarantee a seat in the seminars.

For comments, questions, please contact Linda Cooper at LindaC@LTGSYS.com