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Student Design Symposium

Lighting Color Quality Essentials for Designers

It doesn’t matter how much money your clients invest in wood furniture, walls and floors or saturated colored fabrics and finishes.  If those wavelengths of color are not in the light source, you will not be able to render the richness of the finishes.

In this class we will review how quality of light in LED Lighting is defined by knowledge of color temperature, and color rendering, and how this knowledge is essential for a successful final design project.  We will use slides, and product demonstrations to show how finishes are impacted by color temperature, and color rendering index. Please bring sample boards with saturated colored finishes to use for our demonstrations.

We will also demonstrate the benefits of color-tunable LED lighting for office, school, retail, and hospitality application and how color tunable light mimics our favorite lightsource daylight. The class will end with a discussion of why California is the only state in the country with a 90 CRI minimum for residential applications.

Class is 50 minutes long including 10 minutes for questions & responses


Therese Lahaie/Apparatus Design Bio

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.

Earlier Event: September 27
AIA/IDCE Training
Later Event: March 19
Ice, Darkness, a Circadian Story