Lighting for Thought 2019

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Union Event Space

1721 Baltimore Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64108

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>> Many thanks to our main event sponsor, Cooper Lighting Solutions!

Please plan to join Mercer-Zimmerman for this full day of thought-provoking programming, kicking off at 10 a.m.

Lighting for Thought is a one-day event, created exclusively for the design community.

This day is full of thought leadership, engaging topics, inspirational dialogue and networking for the Midwest lighting community.

Hosted by Mercer-Zimmerman, speakers at Lighting for Thought include experts from across the nation.

Thank you to our many sponsors for making this day possible.

>> Thank you to our swag bag sponsor, H.E. Williams.

>> Thank you to our session sponsors, Kenall Lighting and Structura.

10 - 11 a.m.

Designing with Circadian Stimulus – Strategies for Lighting Design for Non-visual Effects

Charlie Jarboe | Lead Research Specialist, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This session will encompass the current state of the research investigating the non-visual effects of light on people in the built environment. The talk will:

  • Cover methodologies for measuring and specifying light for the circadian as well as visual systems

  • Introduce the Circadian Stimulus (CS) metric developed by the Lighting Research Center and its implementation in lighting design projects

  • Provide insights into how the CS metric can be leveraged to design appropriate circadian lighting in a variety of settings in an energy-efficient and aesthetic manner

>> Thank you to our water bottle sponsors, Tech and Sternberg.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Lunch >> Thank you to our lunch sponsor, Spectrum Lighting.

WELL Standard for Lighting: How it Changes Lighting Design and Specifications

Reiko Kagawa, LC, LEED AP, WELL AP | Principal, Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting

The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) explores the connection between buildings and the health and wellness of human beings. WELL was launched in 2014 and since then more than 3,551 projects encompassing over 437 million square feet worldwide have applied for it. Yet, not all designers are familiar with this standard and how it can impact their design and construction.

As the first standard focusing on human health and wellness, WELL promotes lighting solutions to adjust circadian rhythm, increased alertness and enhance visual acuity. This session will include an introduction to WELL and WELL V2 lighting features followed by challenges, practical recommendations and strategies for designers, reps and manufactures who are interested in WELL or are working on a project pursuing WELL certification.

>> Thank you to our afternoon break sponsor, Insight.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

TM - 30 Color Rendering

Wendy Luedtke | Product Technology Specialist – Color | Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC)

TM-30 provides a superior method of measuring and quantifying the color rendering capabilities of LED fixtures vs CRI. Learn what TM-30-18 tells you, how to use that information to advise customers and inform design choices, as well as the limitations of any rendering metric. This session is a must for anyone who has to judge quality of light by looking at data sheets. The session is worth 1 AIA CEU.

>> Thank you to our panel sponsor, Focal Point.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Keeping Your Power

Panel discussion featuring:

Learn tips and tricks from these well-respected lighting experts as they:

  • Discuss challenges and experiences where results were undesirable.

  • Inspire you to advocate for your design.

  • Equip you with tips on how to best engage with other disciplines.

4 - 4:30 p.m.

Develop Your Own Performance Mindset

Jon McGraw | Former player – Kansas City Chiefs; Trainer, Speaker, Coach | Performance Mindset

In this session, learn how improved focus and engagement and a focus on the controllable can lead to a Performance Mindset™ - including better sleep, resilience and energy, and greater interpersonal connections. You can improve your life experience and performance through mental training, mindfulness and meditation.

4:45 - 7 p.m. >> Thank you to our Cocktail Hour sponsors, Visa Lighting, Meteor Lighting, Landscape Forms, and Bartco.

Happy Hour and Prize Giveaway

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