State Event to Highlight Advancements in Lighting Technology


A statewide conference on the latest advancements in lighting innovations is coming to Lansing later this month, offering participants the opportunity to learn from leading national experts, explore new products, and network with companies representing Michigan’s lighting eco-system.

The third annual one-day Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference, sponsored by NextEnergy, will be held in Lansing on Oct. 29 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing and will focus on LED (also known as solid-state) technology, which provides building owners the benefits of significant energy and operational savings while often improving the quality and functionality of light.

“There have been monumental changes within the lighting industry since just a year ago,” says Joshua Brugeman, director of energy efficiency for NextEnergy. “At this year’s lighting conference, we plan to cover some of those changes and discuss the latest developments. With LED prices dropping, the proliferation of smart lighting and the continued integration of controls, the sky is really the limit as far as the benefits property owners can reap from investing in these new technologies.”

The conference will feature a keynote address from Nadya Piskun Ph.D., director of engineering and head of global controller hardware and architecture luminaries R&D, Philips Lighting, centering on one of the more unique benefits of advanced lighting — enhanced health and wellness. Piskun will discuss the added benefits of advanced lighting — beyond illumination — in settings from healthcare to homes and cities and demonstrate some of the trends and associated new business models.

Additional sessions will cover smart lighting and cyber security, innovative applications of both interior and exterior lighting and an in-depth look at the anatomy of an LED bulb. Attendees will also hear timely information on codes, specs, ratings, and financing to better understand how to implement upgrades and new installations.
“The unique aspect of this event is that it not only highlights innovative Michigan manufacturers, but brings together the entire ecosystem that includes end-users and installers,” says Valerie Brades, executive director, Michigan Agency for Energy. “It’s important for them to have a place where they can get a full range of information to implement these energy-saving technologies, and a chance to source them locally. Fostering this industry supports job growth, reduces energy waste and bills, all while creating enhanced spaces for people to live, work and play. It is a real win for our state.”

Event sponsors include: DBusiness, Consumers Energy, IBEW Local 58, National Electrical Contractors Association (Southeastern Michigan chapter) and DTE Energy.
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