Innovators in LED Lighting for Residential - Part Two
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This Lunch and Learn has been organized by the Custom Residential Architects Network committee.

When: Thursday, 06/13/2019
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Where: Peninsula Building Materials
Conference Room
2490 Charleston Road
Mountain View
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham

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Innovators in LED Lighting for Residential – Part Two

Evaluating and Selecting Luminaires


Luminaires sold today are dominated by fixtures with LEDs as the source.  As always, their characteristics need to be reviewed and compared to choose the best fixture for an application.  This class will review some lighting concepts including color, glare, and the need for control compatibility.  Basic lighting terminology and metrics will be reviewed as well as some photometry, so evaluating and choosing a luminaire based on information shown on spec sheets and other supporting documentation is easier.  It is designed to look at energy-efficient fixtures, especially LEDs, and learn to evaluate their technical features to select the most appropriate for a particular application.  An exercise will help designers  practice finding fixtures that meet the needs of a specific project.


This course was brought back by popular demand. You can attend this course even if you didn't attend the first one. Basic knowledge of LED Lighting terminology and practice is recommended.


Lunch will be provided by Therese Lahaie.







Learning Objectives:

  • Understand basic lighting terminology and metrics associated with luminaires.
  • Explore luminaire properties and derive key information from spec sheets.
  • Get an overview of lighting photometry so best fixtures can be chosen for desired output and results.
  • Be able to develop a set of lighting specifications with appropriate fixtures and options selected for a specific application.







Be part of this opportunity to learn about artistic lighting and advances in lighting, from industry specialists Linda Sanford and Therese Lahaie.

Linda Sanford is the Senior Lighting Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center, and a lighting teacher in the San Francisco bay area. She also has been the Education Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) San Francisco chapter for more than a decade.  She has spoken at conferences, most recently LightShow West (2018) and served on committees on lighting topics and on panels judging lighting awards, and is keen on spreading lighting knowledge and enthusiasm for all things lighting. She received an M.Arch from UCLA and then an M.Sc. in Lighting from RPI’s Lighting Research Center, specializing in lighting for the elderly. She maintains her own lighting design practice part-time.




Therese Lahaie is a lightologist. As a practitioner of light, Therese has presented her AIA and IDCEC approved "Innovators in LED Lighting" trainings to more than 3000 design professionals. Her educational product demonstrations capture the attention of designers in an era of information overload. 

Therese managed custom lighting for companies including Translite Sonoma, Philips, Lightolier and Morrison Lighting, and uses LED lighting in her public art projects. As a result, she learned first-hand of many of the technical challenges and issues with the new technology. Her passion for light led her to form Apparatus Design.

Today, Therese is an independent consultant who connects lighting designers and manufacturers with LED lighting solutions. In addition to her Lunch and Learn trainings, Therese serves as program advisor for the light and architecture conference Lightspace California, juror for the architectural lighting competition 40under40 North America, and is co-instructor for a new AIA Lighting Layers class.  

Therese also has an active career as an artist working in the medium of light. Some of her projects include the public art installation Crossing Signal Mosaic, and sculptural pieces in the permanent collections of the Crocker Art Museum and the DiRosa Collection in California, the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Collection in New York, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.

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“Therese Lahaie of Apparatus Design gave us a very good lunch presentation on LED technology. She not only has a good technical knowledge of LEDs but also an understanding of the aesthetics and things you would want to consider when using LEDs. I suggest scheduling Therese for lunch and learns in your design firms.”


— Claire Guest, LEED Accredited Professional, RMW Architecture



“I found the material from Therese’s presentation to be educational and inspirational. I am now applying LED technology for both my lighting design work and custom fabrication. Anytime I can advance my knowledge and contacts in the industry, I appreciate her time and resources. I am all about research but getting Therese’s presentation information consolidated into a one-hour period was a very constructive use of time!”


— Terry Ohm, Ohm Lighting LLC



“Therese Lahaie is a very knowledgeable lighting professional who provides excellent lectures on the current trends in LED technology. Her presentation is well organized and informative.”


 E. Sara McBarnette, LEED AP Auerbach Consultants