Good lighting and lighting controls enhance building design, conserve energy and increase productivity, safety, security, personal comfort, sales, attendance and profit. According to several government sources, up to 40% of the total energy used in commercial buildings is used for artificial lighting.

In lighting, one size/type does not fit all. LEDs in particular have gained prominence in lighting design for their energy efficiency, holistic lighting options and operational savings. LED retrofits can save 40% or more energy when compared with traditional light sources such as incandescent, halogen and high-intensity discharge.

Before starting any lighting design specifications, several resources must be considered, which will be presented at this session. Engineers also should seek third-party objective sources for information on and comparison of directionality, efficacy and other properties.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn which codes and standards dictate lighting design.
  • Understand when and where LEDs should be specified in both new and existing nonresidential buildings. Understand when LED luminaire retrofit kits can be specified for existing buildings.
  • Know what types of testing, controls and/or commissioning are required to ensure lighting meets all codes and standards.
  • Gather techniques and tips on meeting codes through lighting designers’ examples.


  • Barrett Newell, LC, Associate IALD, Senior Associate, Lighting Design, CannonDesign, Boston
  • Michael Chow, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Columbus, Ohio