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.”