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IESNYC Announces Call for Submissions for 5th Annual Scholarship

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society recently issued a call for submissions for the IESNYC Annual Scholarship.

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society recently issued a call for submissions for the IESNYC Annual Scholarship. This is a merit-based scholarship open to a first-year student currently enrolled in a full-time graduate program as a degree candidate in the field of architectural lighting at an accredited college/university in New York State.

The scholarship has a monetary value of $25,000. Applications will be accepted through February 24, 2020.

Click here to learn more and apply.

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IES Launches IES eLearning

The Illuminating Engineering Society has begun publishing webinars and educational videos featuring a one-hour course, brief quiz and survey, and a downloadable CEU certificate.

The Illuminating Engineering Society has begun publishing webinars and educational videos featuring a one-hour course, brief quiz and survey, and a downloadable CEU certificate.

Topics include architecture for light, maintenance in the LED era, industry roundtables, Internet of Things, color quality, tunable-white lighting, and more.

Click here to check it out.

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The Richard Kelly Grant Announces Jessica Collier and Tony Esposito as the 2019 Grant Recipients

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant recently selected Jessica Collier, MFA, LC, and Tony Esposito, PhD, as the recipients of this year’s Richard Kelly Grant.

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant recently selected Jessica Collier, MFA, LC, and Tony Esposito, PhD, as the recipients of this year’s Richard Kelly Grant. The Grant recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light. These two emerging lighting professionals will receive a cash award for preserving and incorporating Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm, and reverence for light in their own work.

The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IES. Anyone 35 years or under, studying or working in the art and/or science of illumination, in the United States, Canada or Mexico can apply.

Jessica Collier, MFA, LC, is currently working at Pacific Northwest Labs in Portland, OR, where she serves as an Associate Lighting Research Engineer. She received a grant for her work examining the relationship between objective color metrics and subjective color preferences. In 2018, she earned her Master of Fine Art, Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, The New School. Her Thesis Title was The Intersection of Color Metrics and Qualities Guided by Perception for which she received an IESNYC Thesis Award.

Tony Esposito, PhD, working at Lighting Research Solutions has received a grant for his scholarly work on color discrimination, defining the limitations of current metrics and developing a computational tool to aid in the establishment of accurate predictors for applied lighting. Currently, he is the Head Research Scientist at Lighting Research Solutions LLC in Somerville, MA, a company he founded. He earned his PhD in 2016 from Penn State University in Architectural Engineering.

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IES Ready Reference App Now Available in English, Spanish, French

Free to download and compatible with any Android or iOS smart phone or tablet, the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Ready Reference App provides core lighting knowledge, general knowledge, lighting/energy/economics calculator, and a search feature providing easy access to a wealth of information. It is now available in English, Spanish, and French.

Free to download and compatible with any Android or iOS smart phone or tablet, the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Ready Reference App provides core lighting knowledge, general knowledge, lighting/energy/economics calculator, and a search feature providing easy access to a wealth of information. It is now available in English, Spanish, and French.

Get it here.

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The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society Announces Recipients of 2019 Thesis Awards

IESNYC recently honored Aldo Jacques Espina, Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design, Parsons School of Design at the New School; Dinusha Thotagamamuwa, Ph.D. candidate at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Ying Zhong, Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), on May 17, 2019 when they presented their theses to an audience of New York City lighting professionals. The Section will award each student $2,000.

IESNYC recently honored Aldo Jacques Espina, Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design, Parsons School of Design at the New School; Dinusha Thotagamamuwa, Ph.D. candidate at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Ying Zhong, Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), on May 17, 2019 when they presented their theses to an audience of New York City lighting professionals. The Section will award each student $2,000.

The Thesis Awards recognizes degree candidates at graduate-level lighting programs in New York State. Selected by their professors, each one of the three theses demonstrate excellence in design and/or research, and represent the intellectual insight, rigor, and quality standards as set forth by their respective school departments and each student’s thesis committee.

Aldo Jacques Espina holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Philippines. He decided to pursue a master’s degree in Lighting Design at the Parsons School of Design after noticing the lack of lighting designers in the Philippines. He is a recent recipient of an award from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education.

His thesis, “Evaluating Mean Room Surface Exitance,” explores how today’s lighting design practices are moving from merely considering visual performance to taking into account perception of brightness and the overall lit appearance of the space. The most widely used metric for evaluation remains one that focuses only on the former, horizontal illuminance. Recently, however, a method was developed by Christopher Cuttle employing luminous exitance as the principal metric to assess adequacy of illumination and appearance. While this new methodology has been generally well received and previous tests have proven the superiority of the new metric MRSE to illuminance, before the concept can be adopted into industry standards the idea must be tested against the reality of modern lighting design. Most designed spaces are planned with the idea of creating visual interest in space through hierarchies of illumination. The objective of this study is to assess the relationship of MRSE to PAI and spatial brightness in such schemes employing the concept of TAIR to emphasize a specific room surface within each scene. It also evaluates the influence of specific room surfaces in one’s field of view to both PAI and spatial brightness in an attempt to quantify the impact of individual room surfaces to brightness perception.

Dinusha Thotagamuwa
is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, presenting his thesis during the month of May 2019. He earned a M.S. degree in Lighting from RPI in 2015, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2010. He is the recipient of RPI’s Founders Award (2015); Besal academic award from Acuity Brands (2016); and ARCC/King Student Medal (2016).

His thesis is “Investigating LED Driver Output Electrical Parameter Changes Due to Failing Electronic Components.” The lighting industry is presently very interested in connected and intelligent lighting systems. Some of the advanced lighting systems are now offering a number of benefits to the building managers and occupants. Luminaires that have the capability to signal system failure ahead of time can inform building managers to take timely maintenance actions. Since the LED driver is one of the weak sub-assemblies in an LED luminaire, projecting its remaining useful life is a valuable feature for creating intelligent lighting systems. Electrolytic capacitor and MOSFET are two components in an LED driver that fail frequently. In this thesis study, how these component failures affect the output electrical parameters of an open-loop switched mode LED driver was investigated to better understand how these electrical parameters can be measured in real time and used for predicting lighting system failure.

Ying Zhong’s Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design (MPS-L) is the second master’s degree that she has earned at NYSID. In 2017, she received a Master of Fine Art in Interior Design. After graduation, she designed multi-family, restaurant, and office projects for a year, during which time she became more and more interested in the way lighting effect the
interior spaces. This led her back to NYSID for a second master, this time to study lighting.

Her thesis is “A Posture in Time: Lighting for a School of Theatre.” In the theatre, the movement of each performer presents the story. Cameras can capture each second of those movements, creating stroboscopic frames of motion. Inversely, a series of fixed images present a posture changing through time. In the theatre school, this can be translated to lighting treatments through space, such as using unique fixtures, enhancing architecture elements, and using light controls and interactive design elements to evoke a sense of motion.

Congratulations to these bright students!

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Hubbell Announces 2019 Lighting Solutions Center Training Schedule

Hubbell Lighting recently released the 2019 training schedule for the Lighting Solutions Center.

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IESNYC Announces Brigid Hardiman Winner of Fourth Annual Scholarship

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) has selected Brigid Hardiman, a candidate in the MPS Lighting Design program at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), as the recipient of the fourth annual merit-based IESNYC Scholarship. The scholarship awards $25,000 to a full-time, graduate degree candidate in architectural lighting who is enrolled in an accredited college or university located in New York State.

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) has selected Brigid Hardiman, a candidate in the MPS Lighting Design program at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), as the recipient of the fourth annual merit-based IESNYC Scholarship. The scholarship awards $25,000 to a full-time, graduate degree candidate in architectural lighting who is enrolled in an accredited college or university located in New York State.

Hardiman graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2013 with a BS in Architectural Technology. She is now enrolled at NYSID and expects to graduate in August 2019. While attending school, Hardiman has worked as a lighting designer and specification coordinator at firms including RAB Lighting, Celano Design Studios, and she currently is employed at Lightcraft Group. She is also the co-chair of the IESNYC annual Student Lighting Competition, starting out as a member of the planning committee. She plans to take on an additional role as an educator in the future.

Out of applicants from throughout the state, Hardiman was selected by the IESNYC Scholarship Committee – Mike Barr, MIES, Lutron, and Section vice-president, Pete Jacobson, MIES, Con Edison, member of the IESNYC Board of Managers, Addison Kelly, IALD, MIES, US Lighting Consultants, – Caleb McKenzie, LC, IALDA. MIES, US Lighting Consultants, president of the IESNYC, and Brad Telias, MIES, Enterprise Lighting Sales, and treasurer of the IESNYC.

Congratulations, Ms. Hardiman!

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Richard Kelly Grant Announces Call for Proposals

The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IES.

The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IES.

Cash award(s) will be granted to the person(s) who preserve and carry forth Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm and reverence for light. Grant proposals must be submitted by June 30, 2019.

Click here to learn more and submit a proposal.

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Focal Point Offers AIA-Accredited Course on Lighting Quality

With the growing trend toward more human-centric designs in the commercial marketplace, Focal Point is providing the architecture and design community a tool to better understand how technology allows the quality of light to be tailored to human preference.

With the growing trend toward more human-centric designs in the commercial marketplace, Focal Point is providing the architecture and design community a tool to better understand how technology allows the quality of light to be tailored to human preference.

The AIA accredited course, “Advancing Light Quality for Human Preference and Well-Being,” is worth 1.5 Learning Units for Health Safety and Welfare in architecture (LU/HSW). It explores the evolution of light sources and how, over time, gains in light source efficacy have not necessarily translated into gains in light quality. The course also reviews recent studies as they relate to human preference lighting and key metrics used to assess the quality of light sources, including the most recent technical memorandum released by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), TM-30-18.

The accredited course is available through The Continuing Architect (TCA) website or at Focal Point’s site here.

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Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant Opens for 2019

Submissions for the 2019 Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant is now open. This grant was established to encourage and recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional professional promise through the presentation of an original and ingenious solution to a supplied design problem.

Submissions for the 2019 Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant is now open. This grant was established to encourage and recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional professional promise through the presentation of an original and ingenious solution to a supplied design problem.

The Award is a plaque and a grant in the amount of $1,000. Honorable Mention (if awarded) is a certificate and a grant in the amount of $300. The grant is awarded at the IES Annual Conference each year.

Click here to download the project design program and submission form.

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