Lunch and Learn

Apparatus Design is an AIA (HSW)/IES/IDCEC educational provider offering LED lighting technical trainings.  Innovators in LED Lighting gives designers fluency in LED lighting technology by demonstrating the useLED products across applications. The lighting industry updates continuously, and our goal is to keep designers up to date. This education enables designers to guide clients towards informed decisions about LED lighting and increases the understanding of how the quality of light makes design projects 100% successful.  

Innovators in LED Lighting is approximately 45 minutes in length, and is fun and interactive. Throughout the presentation there are questions to engage designers as we address the learning objectives. Product demonstrations clearly illustrate design and engineering innovation, quality of light concerns, and the lighting layers that enhance architectural spaces.  There is a question andresponse session at the end of the training. 

Due to the popularity of Innovators in LED Lighting, firms invite us back! We are asked to speak at professional design association events like the DLF, ASID, AIA and NKBA.


The AIA learning objectives of the presentation is to:

  • Identify the four lighting layers needed to make the spaces you design look three-dimensional.

  • Identify the benefits of color-tunable LED lighting for office, school, retail, and hospitality application.

  • Identify 2 ways that knowledge of quality of light in LED Lighting improves the final design project.

  • Identify the biggest technical challenges for LED lighting manufacturers, and how are these challenges addressed.

Therese Lahaie presenting to the Sustainability Group at Gensler- San Francisco, CA

Therese Lahaie presenting to the Sustainability Group at Gensler- San Francisco, CA

What Designers Are Saying About Us:

Thanks for coming in to speak to our office about LEDs. It’s great to keep tabs on the evolving technology and see who the recommended manufacturers are. Much appreciated! Keep in touch!

-Lynne Miyamoto, AIA, LEED® AP ID+C Associate, Gensler-SF

Innovators in LED is a great presentation to the how’s and why’s of LED Lighting. From the basic, yet technical, “How LEDs work.” to the advanced “Why fixture color temperature matters to engineers,” the Innovators in LED presentation takes you from the basics to advanced topics quickly and logically. The technical knowledge of LED luminaries and inherent LED diversity is critical to any engineer.

-Andy Record, RCDD Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers Inc

I wanted to thank you for your presentation regarding LED technology. Your presentation was very helpful to expand our understanding of the resources available to us as we select and specify LED products. I was especially impressed by your prompt follow up in the days following the presentation to provide additional materials in response to our questions. Thank you very much!

-Angela McDonald, IALD, Senior Principal, HLB Lighting

The LED program was fascinating and I loved seeing all the lighting fixtures in person. It was a great program, full of content and information. Thanks to everyone who helped put this program together and last but not least for treating everyone to lunch

Linda Randolph, AIA


Lighting Design Fluency for Architects, trains architects on how to specify energy efficient lighting for any application, utilizing light to paint a space with beauty and utility. We begin with a review of lighting terminology, metrics, techniques, and product selection needed to translate a concept into a lighting design. We review criteria to evaluate lighting spec sheets and demonstrate product features to determine if they meet the design intent. The class ends with how to detail lighting integration and mounting in a variety of locations, as well as what documentation is needed for an effective lighting submittal. Content is applicable to both residential and commercial projects.

Class is 1.5 hours long.  | 1.5 AIA CEU's

Taught by Linda Sanford & Therese Lahaie

Learning objectives:

  1. Establish a lighting concept to determine what fixtures you want.

  2. Review lighting metrics and photometry.

  3. Identify luminaires types and their functions.

  4. Interpret a luminaire cut-sheet.

  5. Review the parameters of preparing a lighting submittal.


Linda Sanford

Pacific Energy Center. PG&E

Linda Sanford is the Senior Lighting Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center, and a lighting teacher in the San Francisco bay area. She has spoken at conferences, most recently LightShow West 2018, and served on committees on lighting topics and 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.