Smart Home and Connected Lighting Lead Education at June 2017 Lightovation

— Full-day speaker series on June 22 with the American Lighting Association complements two additional ALA sessions on June 21 and 23 —
DALLAS – May 11, 2017 – The first Lightovation Speaker Series: Connected/Smart Home was announced today in partnership with the American Lighting Association (ALA). The inaugural educational event on Thursday, June 22, will focus on new technologies and opportunities for lighting showrooms to capitalize on connected lighting and the smart home. The series takes place during the June 21-24 edition of Lightovation – Dallas International Lighting Show and will be hosted in the Light + Technology showroom (TM 4804), a future hub for exhibits in that category at what is already the largest residential lighting marketplace in North America.
The day will conclude with a hospitality hour aimed at encouraging collaboration between the lighting industry, the interior design trade, residential technologists, remodelers, builders, and kitchen and bath designers – all stakeholders in the success of consumer smart home installations.
Additionally, ALA will host two sessions on Wednesday, June 21, and Friday, June 23, that will cover research about how consumers shop for lighting and lighting for aging and low-vision populations. These sessions will take place in the ALA Seminar Center (WTC 345) and are offered to ALA members for $49 and $79 for non-ALA members.
All educational sessions on all three days will earn accreditation toward ALA Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC®) status.
The Lightovation Speaker Series: Connected/Smart Home, in partnership with ALA, includes the following sessions:
Thursday, June 22
10-11am Your Customer Is Ready for the Smart Home
Deborah Lace, Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors
TM 4804, 1 CLC credit
Coldwell Banker and CNET’s groundbreaking consumer survey on smart home adoption and interest paints an encouraging picture of opportunity as lighting options in this space continue to grow. Find out who is buying smart home products, how they are controlling them and the most valued benefits of these technologies. You’ll also learn what incentivizes customers to purchase smart home products and how much they are willing to spend on them.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate has embraced smart home technology through its agent education program, online search resources for finding smart homes, research with CNET and sponsorship of the Smart Home Marketplace at CES. With CNET, Coldwell Banker literally wrote the definition for “smart home,” which is a home equipped with network-connected products for controlling, automating and optimizing functions. Smart bulbs and lighting systems are a contributing factor in this definition.
Thursday, June 22
2-3pm Lighting's Role in the Internet of Things
Beatrice Witzgall, CEO and founder, LumiFi
TM 4804, 1 CLC credit
The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming commonplace in the home, connecting a variety of everyday devices, including lighting. Mobile devices further shape and transform the way consumers interact with and experience lighting by enabling an unprecedented level of convenience, control and personalization. In this session, one of the IoT’s biggest innovators in the lighting industry will share insights on the benefits and cost efficiencies of smart and connected lighting in the home, as well as security considerations and other pitfalls in this exciting new lighting landscape.

Beatrice Witzgall is an accomplished, award-winning lighting designer with more than 20 years of global experience. She has worked on countless lighting design projects alongside renowned architects including Frank Gehry and Steven Holl. In 2010, Witzgall received the prestigious Lumen Award for her contribution to the Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall & Juilliard School. Her business, LumiFi, offers smart lighting software for the home consumer and hospitality industry.

Thursday, June 22
4-5pm Panel Discussion: Collaboration and the Connected Home
Erik Anderson (moderator), National Sales Manager, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.
Chris Wright, President, WrightWorks, LLC
John Morgan, Principal, Morgan Pinnacle, LLC
Matt Harris, founder, MW Harris LLC
TM 4804, 1 CLC credit
This moderated panel discussion will provide guidelines for effective collaboration between lighting, design/build industry, and residential technology professionals, focusing on “how-to’s” for incorporating emerging lighting trends into smart home solutions for customers.
A team of well-known and highly-respected panelists representing ALA, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) will exchange ideas and suggestions for putting today’s coolest lighting and technology solutions into place in the easiest and best ways possible. Tips for when and how to get stakeholders involved will be discussed, as will suggestions for creating a team that will enhance your company’s resources, scope of expertise and competitive edge. A reception will immediately follow this panel discussion to enable attendees to continue the dialogue encourage networking between lighting retailers, interior designers and residential technologists.
Moderator Erik Anderson is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Custom Builder’s technology workgroup and sits on the Custom Home Builders Committee. Panelist Chris Wright is widely recognized as an expert on the business and craft of remodeling, participating in many educational forums and contributing to numerous trade publications. Panelist John Morgan has been a featured conference speaker at more than 100 events and is well respected for his work helping kitchen and bath professionals evolve their businesses through the latest in technology. Panelist Matt Harris leads an architecture and interior design firm focusing on high-end projects that typically employ custom cabinetry, integrated lighting design and sophisticated furnishings. 
Thursday, June 22
5-6pm Collaboration Mixer
TM 4804
Following the panel discussion encouraging related industries to work together to optimize solutions for consumers in the smart home space, this social event will provide a networking opportunity to facilitate those connections. Enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres as you meet other professionals with interest in emerging technologies.
ALA seminars at Lightovation, taking place in the ALA Seminar Center, include:
Wednesday, June 21
11am-Noon Panel Discussion: How Consumers Shop for Lighting
Larry Lauck, Executive Vice President, ALA
Tim Stumm, General Manager, Lights Fantastic
Denise Duncan, General Manager, Lighting Etc.
WTC 345, 1 CLC Credit
$49 for ALA members; $79 for non-members; register at
Panelists will explore the results of ALA’s recently conducted consumer research and what this information means to ALA showrooms and the lighting industry.
Friday, June 23
11am-12:30pm Lighting and the Visual Environment for the Aging and Low-Vision Population
Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, Director of Engineering, ALA
WTC 345, 1 CLC Credit
$49 for ALA members; $79 for non-members; register at
As the elderly population continues to expand, there is more to learn about lighting for the elderly and how to tailor your products and services to respond to their particular lighting needs. This session includes:
· The implications of new research on lighting for vision and health.
· Need-to-know information about residential lighting design and applications as found in the new IES Lighting Standard “Lighting and the Visual Environment for Seniors and the Low-Vision Population”
· A discussion about the products and services needed by ALA manufacturers and retailers to serve and expand their business for this growing elderly demographic.
A copy of the new IES book will be given to attendees.
Registration for the June 21-24 edition of Lightovation is open, and exclusive hotel and airfare rates can be booked through Market Travel. Additional information about the show will be posted as it becomes available to the Lightovation page of the Dallas Market Center website. Keep abreast of the latest developments by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media or via Dallas Market Center’s own Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram feeds.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is