12:15 PM Seminar – Inside the Think Tank with Kevin Leadford:
Trends Shaping the Future of Luminaires and Lighting


A look inside the Horizon Group, a corporate think-tank unencumbered with day-to-day business concerns that focuses on the future of the lighting industry. Their work is to reimagine the role of lighting in architecture and how we will interact with it. From energy conservation to use of color, dynamic behavior, and user interface, this presentation will explore how this group analyses and applies modern technologies to affect luminaire design and lighting practice. In all cases solid-state lighting, its control systems, and metrics are the primary enablers of exponential change. The energy saving potential of LEDs ­– until now the big driver of change – is really only the tip of the iceberg.

Learning Objectives

1.     Discover ways in which emerging technologies will redefine the role of lighting, how we interact with it, and the effects this will have on lighting design and architecture, as well as, the health, welfare and safety of occupants.

2.     Learn how control systems and metrics must adapt to keep pace with our rapidly changing industry.

3.     Learn how light can effectively render a rich palette of very dark architectural colors, including gray; colors extremely absorbent of light.

4.     Learn how dynamic lighting systems can be effectively coordinated to maintain constancy of illuminance and color, not only at task surfaces, but throughout our buildings.

Approved for 1 IES CEU and 1 AIA HSW LU

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Kevin Leadford
With nearly three decades of luminaire design experience spanning all types of products for commercial, industrial and residential application, Kevin has held a variety of positions at Acuity Brands Lighting including Vice President of Lighting Technology and Vice President of Innovation. He holds more than 40 US patents and is recognized for having led the conception and development of ABL’s VisualTM Lighting Design Software. Kevin has served on the IESNA testing procedures and papers committees and co-chaired the SPIE’s international conference on solid state lighting. Kevin has a BS in Architectural Engineering with emphasis in Illumination from the University of Colorado at Boulder.