Light Canada 2009

Light Canada is back for another stellar year of education seminars, expanded exhibit spaces, and exciting special features. IIDEX/NeoCon Canada in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society, Toronto Section (IES) will showcase the latest in interior, exterior, commercial and architectural lighting products plus lamps and lighting controls in over 15,000 square feet of exposition space. With over 100 new Canadian and international exhibitors, Light Canada delivers not only cutting-edge design, but will also showcase the monumental advances in sustainable lighting, LED technology, new materials, and advances in lighting design.

Attendees from all industry disciplines–buyers and specifiers such as architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers and facility and building managers–can learn and earn Lighting Certified (LC) education credits at over 10 lighting seminars on the hottest lighting topics. The lighting seminar stream is organized by IES Toronto Section and IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, and also includes internationally acclaimed light artist Stephen Knapp who will dazzle attendees with his Lighting Keynote presentation entitled Lightpaintings in Art and Architecture. Light Canada will feature a Toronto first, an impressively scaled state-of-the-art sustainable light art installation designed by Knapp called Castled Void.

Also featured this year is a 400-square-foot exhibit from MADE, a design product company dedicated to representing and promoting the work of emerging Canadian designers. Making its IIDEX 2009 debut, the MADE exhibit will showcase the best from its Radiant Dark series of exhibitions, focusing primarily on lighting designs. The works on display encompass table lamps, standard lamps and pendants to wall works and chandeliers. Many are customizable designs with the inherent potential to translate from the intimacy of residential environments to providing warmth and intrigue to large-scale public settings.

And finally, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada’s annual event, the Light Canada/IES Toronto Gala, will be held on Saturday, September 26th at the Pantages Hotel.

Thursday, September 24

T20 LEED and Lighting Design
Katherine MacKay, Howard Procyshyn and Lana MacInnes

In today’s construction environment, the acquisition of LEED status has become increasingly more commonplace. While lighting plays a small yet often difficult part in the overall LEED package, the points are ultimately critical to the success of the project’s certification. Our panel of presenters have first-hand experience with the lighting challenges and solutions of the LEED process.

T10 Out of the Shadows
Abhay Wadhwa

Design is about balancing the elements, and thus a great deal of lighting design is necessarily about creating and engaging shadow spaces. Different project types and architectural styles demand different levels of artificial light; some create light where there was none and others let the darkness speak. Others find a playful middle ground. In whole, designers must know how to control shadow, thereby avoiding unwanted darkness while creating opportunity for dynamic effect, all within the design requirements. Topics to be covered include: how one can integrate shadows as a functional tool as well as an aesthetic design component to enhance emotion, affect behaviour, and improve visual experience within an environment; how one can create dynamic silhouettes and shadows by balancing shadow and light; and how one can play with daytime versus nighttime perception.

T15 Re-Lighting an Art Moderne Masterpiece: The Carlu–A Case Study
Christopher Nelson and Scott Weir

Designed by eminent French architect Jacques Carlu and first opened in 1930, the Carlu is located on the seventh floor of Eaton’s College Street in Toronto and embodies the multi-layered and innovative experiments of early modern electric lighting. The Carlu was mothballed from 1977 to 2003, but its refurbishment highlights the positive results achievable through collaboration and enthusiastic teamwork. The presenters are two lighting experts who worked together salvaging, restoring and, where necessary, recreating historic lighting fixtures for the Carlu.

T18 Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Architectural Lighting on Human Health
Mariana Figueiro

Light isn’t just for vision anymore. This presentation will provide a summary of cutting-edge research on the physiological effects of light on human health and well-being. It will also provide an update on the latest research on the impact of light at night on cancer risks. The impact of architectural lighting on sleep quality in older adults and on the well-being of young adults will be discussed.

T24 Lighting for Architects & Designers
Paul Boken and Brad Hindson

This presentation will address common lighting issues that affect architects and interior designers. Discussion topics will range from lamp types, lighting effects and light-cove design, to more advanced subjects such as reading a cut sheet, the importance of maintenance, and how to avoid scalloping, socket shadows and hot spots. The purpose is not to turn everyone into a lighting designer. Rather, attendees will come away with a better understanding of lighting and its vocabulary to improve their dialogue with lighting professionals.

Friday, September 25

F06 Addressing Dimmable Controls
Andrew Parker

This presentation will focus on the importance of energy management through lighting controls, using examples of conventional lighting controls to demonstrate their limitations versus more advanced alternatives. Attendees will learn about market drivers in the industry and a wide range of lighting strategies, including daylight harvesting, occupancy control, task tuning, smart time scheduling, personal light control and demand-responsive load shedding. They will also learn how lighting controls can be integrated with other building systems.

F07 Lighting the Way to Global Economic Transformation, One Home at a Time!
Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday

Two billion people have no access to electricity and, for light, most rely on kerosene and candles, which are dangerous, unhealthy, dim and very expensive. Light Up the World’s (LUTW) solid-state lighting systems are a perfect match for the needs of the developing world and contribute positively to all of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The numbers are staggering, and only the marketplace will enable solid-state lighting to reach the majority of the people in need. LUTW’s fundamental goal is to improve the quality of life of those who, through no fault of their own, find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Lighting Keynote: Lightpaintings in Art and Architecture
Stephen Knapp

American artist Stephen Knapp has the distinction of creating what has been described as “the first new art medium of the 21st century.” During a career spanning decades, Knapp has been producing lightpaintings, formed at the intersection of painting, sculpture and architecture, and is inspired by his explorations of space and dimension, light and colour, and perception. As one of a small group of artists working with light, Knapp has gained an international reputation for large-scale works of pure radiance, making visible the light that surrounds us and transforming it. He has a well-established record of collaborating w
ith architects and designers. Clients are often surprised to learn that lightpaintings are “green” and, in major installations, have resulted in significant savings, challenging what green design means and the role light can play. In his IIDEX/NeoCon Canada keynote, Knapp will discuss the development of lightpaintings, the impact light art could have on the art and architecture of the future, and how it could change the way we design our buildings.

F12 Daylighting Integration
Gerry Cornwell

This session will present a brief history on the use of daylighting in architecture and a review of terminology. Design issues and challenges, using a specific design example, will be covered, along with the use of integrated daylighting and lighting controls. Attendees will gain an understanding of the language and design methodologies of daylighting.

F33 Rethinking Lighting: The LED Promise
Martyn Timmings

LED lighting systems have advanced at remarkable rates. An entirely new category of lighting, white light LEDs are developing into products that are approaching–and in some cases surpassing–the performance of traditional lighting equipment. For the lighting designer, it is critical that the performance attributes of LED systems be well understood so that their advantages and challenges can be evaluated for various applications. This presentation will pull the pieces together so that lighting specifiers are equipped with the knowledge they need.

F20 Taking it to the Streets: Using LEDs for Outdoor Lighting Applications
Shirley Coyle

Pilot or proven? LED lighting technology has been in use for the past few years in parking lots, parking structures and building security schemes, and is now moving into street and roadway applications. With the rapid pace of development in high-brightness white LEDs, it can be daunting to evaluate products and to sort through claims to determine where LED lighting can be applied sensibly now. This session will cover the basics of LED lighting technology and standards for photometric testing and life ratings, provide guidelines for effective evaluation and specification of LED luminaires, and review case studies in Canada and the US focusing on commercial exterior lighting.

F25 Aging Boomers: Lighting Design for Our Aging Eyes
Dyoni Smith-Page

There’s no escaping it: baby boomers are aging. This huge population of seniors requires a design force that is sensitive to their needs. How can thoughtful lighting design reduce dependence on drugs, help lessen the effects of senility, and even lower cancer risks? Come and arm yourself with the latest research on lighting design for aging bodies and minds.

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