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  • 851 Howard Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94103

IES San Francisco Spring Seminar Series
Light and the Evolving Metrics of Color

Intermediate lighting seminars – approved for 2.5 AIA/LC credit hours each.
In-person sign-in at the event is required for the credits.

You’ve heard about the new fidelity and gamut color metrics of IES TM-30 and may even be already specifying or considering advanced color tunable lighting and controls. But how do we apply our new more complex understanding of color metrics to actual design projects? How can we shift from thinking only in terms of one number (CRI) to a more nuanced view of color metrics? What design insights can TM-30 provide practitioners, and how can it be used to help creative problem solving? How are the color graphics that express these metrics used for decision making?

Following last year’s excellent presentations by Aurelien David and Michael Royer on TM-30, IES San Francisco has developed a series of seminars to address these issues directly. Three seminars by four of the top experts in the field will explore our constantly evolving understanding of color in lighting, show how we can use the new standards to improve design practice, and help to answer some of the difficult questions.

Part 1 of 3:
A Designer’s Perspective on the IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition
Randy Burkett, FIALD, FIES, LC, President, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.

A member of the IES TM-30-15 development committee, Randy will show how TM-30 represents the latest attempt to bring the evaluation of light source color rendering into the 21st Century. With a combination of new fidelity and gamut metrics and insightful graphics illustrating their impact, TM-30 offers much to consider. This seminar will explore the practicality of using TM-30 as an informative design tool, and will show how TM-30 can help us make better design decisions. The seminar will also address ethical issues that lighting designers may face when employing spectral tuning, and will how manufacturers are considering products to support spectral shaping – the increasingly precise control of color in light. 

Part 2 of 3:
The Art and Science of Assessing Color: How Much Does Spectrum Matter Anyway?
Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer, Smithsonian Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Michael Heinemeier, Director of Sales at Ketra, Inc.

This session explores using the color spectrum in real life museum lighting applications, where spectrum can be seen in its proper context as one of several competing factors when selecting a lighting source. The speakers will define and describe visual assessment methods for an alphabet soup of metrics including: TM-30, CRI, CCT, Duv, and CIE chromaticity coordinates. Perhaps most importantly, the speakers will provide examples of the interrelated effects of spectrum, illuminance, and distribution that are often very difficult to measure but easy to see and experience in person.


Part 3 of 3:
What We Know and Don’t Know in Applying the Research
Naomi Miller, FIALD, FIESNA, Senior Lighting Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Recently the industry has learned much about Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGCs) and circadian regulation, and some professionals are urging the use of white-tunable lighting and varying light levels for health and wellness. But far too much is not yet clear: individual and environmental differences play a complex role, and the designer is faced with complex issues like multiple populations using a space; balancing circadian needs with work demands and long-term health; and controlling color in lighting. This seminar will provide an assessment of the current state of research on light, color, and health and wellness, and explore which light exposures, spectra, and timing are likely to be beneficial or potentially problematic.

Speaker Bios

Randy Burkett, FIALD, FIES, LC, President, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.
As a member and former president of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the International Commission on Illumination (CIE); he is active on both technical and design committees, including IES’s TM-30-15 standards committee. Mr. Burkett’s 30+ year design career spans a diverse collection of national and international projects in the areas of hospitality, corporate office, retail, museum, commercial, institutional and site development. He is also currently an adjunct faculty member of the Washington University Graduate School of Architecture in Saint Louis. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter to professional organizations, and has authored numerous design and technical articles on lighting design. He is a past winner of the International Association of Lighting Designer’s Awards of Excellence, Merit and Citation; the International Illumination Design Awards of Distinction, Excellence, Special Citation, and Merit; the AL Lighting Award of Excellence; and the Edison Award. He holds a degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery
Scott’s main interest is figuring out how to light art museums so visitors can better experience artwork while minimizing light’s damaging effects. With the advent of better lighting sources, like LED, he has become very interested in vision science, especially how we see color. Scott has worked on lighting projects at a wide range of museums including: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (D.C.), The National Postal Museum (D.C.), The Walters Art Museum (MD), The Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), The Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art (D.C.), The Twain House and Museum (CN.), The Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA.), The State Department (D.C.), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.) The Phillips Collection (D.C), and the Arkel Museum (NY). He is Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society committee for Museums and Art Galleries.


Michael Heinemeier, Director of Sales at Ketra, Inc.
At Ketra, Michael is in charge of business development and execution of sales strategy and national accounts in complex B2B project based sales. Ketra makes a cohesive system of lighting fixtures, controls and software that allows for easy deployment of natural light that automatically transitions throughout the day. Ketra’s technology delivers light that’s identical in color and intensity to natural sources. Before Ketra he was Director of Sales and Marketing for Color Kinetics, where he was responsible for sales strategy and launch of new products to twelve countries across Asia Pacific. He is fluent in Mandarin, also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.


Naomi Miller, FIALD, FIESNA, Senior Lighting Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Naomi Miller came to PNNL after ten years as the principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, New York. She has too many years of experience working in different facets of the lighting industry, but still finds lighting to be an ever-advancing field with creative challenges. Over 30 architectural lighting design awards hang on her wall, for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets, and parking lots. She chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IESNA) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES's Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. Her research Interests include lighting quality; the health effects of light’ and lighting sustainability and efficiency. She has a BS in Art and Design (Architecture) from MIT and a MS in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dates/Classes:
Part 1 of 3: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
A Designer’s Perspective on the IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition
Randy Burkett, FIALD, FIES, LC
President, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.

Part 2 of 3: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Art and Science of Assessing Color: How Much Does Spectrum Matter Anyway?
Scott Rosenfeld
Lighting Designer at the Smithsonian Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Michael Heinemeier
Director of Sales, Ketra, Inc.

Part 3 of 3: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
What We Know and Don’t Know in Applying the Research
Naomi Miller
Senior Lighting Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Location: Pacific Energy Center 
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Schedule:  5:45 - 6:15   Networking w/ refreshments
6:16 - 9:00  Program with break

Fee: $200 for complete series
$75 per seminar
$20 Students & Emerging Professionals
(Fees non-refundable for cancellations & no-shows)

Contact: Linda Sanford, linda.sanford@gmail.com

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