Cloud9 Smart’s Lighting Summit Illuminates the Tech Side for Architects, Designers
Architects and design professionals convened at New York City’s Savant Experience Center last week at the invitation of Cloud9 Smart for a healthy dose of learning as well as AIA credit accumulation, at Cloud9’s third annual Lighting Summit. The daylong series of talks was designed to bring those disciplines up to speed on the cutting-edge and ever-changing technologies that are shaping the choices available in lighting beyond fixture designs - and that touch upon the health and well being of clients. Sponsors for the day included Ketra, LumaStream, Lutron, Savant and USAI Lighting.
“We always get a lot of different levels of knowledge at these events,” said Michael Dye, who is Cloud9 Smart’s Architect Specialist and who organized the event. “The technology we present here is technical enough for those who are knowledgeable about connected-home technology but also accessible enough for those who aren’t.”
The agenda included courses on tunable white lighting, next-generation lighting and control, low-voltage lighting and a talk by Jeff Dean, Lutron’s residential territory sales manager for the Northeast region, revolving around the Delos-created WELL standard. The slideshow he used to illustrate the highlights of the standard focused on applications in commercial space design, with the goal of increasing productivity and comfort in the workplace, but Dean mentioned how translatable the concept of “well design” is to residential spaces. He pointed out the difference between a LEED-certified building, which is “all about energy efficiency,” and one that adheres to WELL standards, which is about “designing a healthier space.”
“Lighting influences a space more than anything you do,” Dean reminded listeners, and proceeded to call out points in the WELL standard that are grounded in health and wellness research, and that are worth considering as designers and architects begin the process of choosing lighting. He also noted that since people spend 80 to 90 percent of their time indoors, their indoor environment has a profound effect on well-being.
Managing light – interior and exterior, paying attention to circadian rhythms and color temperatures, and assigning proper lighting for different tasks all factor into human wellness in enclosed spaces.
He pointed to the iPhone’s True Tone and Night Shift display settings to illustrate the point that even smartphone makers, based on their research, have recognized the importance of figuring out lighting and its profound influences on comfort, as people ratchet up hour upon hour of “screen time.” Smartphone makers’ solution is to offer users who explore these menu settings ways to tamp down certain brightness levels and color-tone choices based on ambient lighting conditions.
Jeff Dean of Lutron presenting a talk on tunable white lighting
Savant’s Nick Meloni, product marketing director, lighting and shades, explains next-gen lighting and control
Cloud9’s Dye told us that an oft-repeated question at these seminars, whether they be lighting- or smart-home-oriented, has to do with at what point these professionals should ideally bring technology integration experts in to consult during the mapping-out process of a home design. The answer, he said, is early.
And if these disciplines retain at least that much of a takeaway from the presentations – besides racking up their AIA earned credits – it should be scored as a win for connected-home installers.