The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) recently announced its 2018 conference program. NAILD Innovation 2018, “Unlocking the Future of Lighting,” will be held Feb. 13-16, 2018 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

The 2018 educational sessions include:

Who Moved My Light Bulb: Adapting Your Business for the Future: Industry consultant Paul Hafner will moderate an interactive attendee workshop, featuring four industry practitioners who have adapted their businesses to face the new realities of lighting and emergence of controls.

The Lighting Industry: Today’s Landscape and Tomorrow’s War for the Ceiling: Jack Curran of the U.S. Department of Energy will highlight changes that have rocked the lighting industry during the past decade and the revolution still looming.

Lumens as a Service: Iain Campbell of the Rocky Mountain Institute will explain how to develop relationships with the specialized financiers behind this innovative new model to deliver significant value to clients and secure market advantage.

Indoor Horticulture: Learn How to Navigate This Budding Market: Dave Inman of ProGrowTech will outline the growing market for indoor horticulture lighting—from biofuel to row crops to vertical farming and cannabis. Learn the lighting design differences for greenhouse and warehouse cultivation, what makes a quality horticulture fixture and tips to effectively sell to the cannabis market.

Light and Health: What We Know, What We Don’t Know and What We Need to Know: Mariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will explain how light isn’t just for vision. When lighting throws off circadian rhythms, the effects can be detrimental to human health. Hear about the Center’s latest research and how to improve living environments with healthy lighting.

The Rise of Autonomous Buildings: How AI and Sensors are Transforming Buildings: Dan Ryan of VergeSense will discuss how a combination of technologies—from intelligent sensors to connected Internet of Things devices to edge computing and artificial intelligence —is laying the foundation for the buildings of the future.

Removing Barriers to Market Adoption: A representative of the DesignLights Consortium will discuss efforts to provide greater transparency and predictability for future requirements and specifications for color tuning, field adjustable products, replacement lamp form factors, horticultural lighting, networked lighting controls and flicker.

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