There were 45 table tops at the NYControlled exhibition and I was able to visit most. I humbly admit that I need to learn more about controls and NYControlled was the perfect venue to do just that.
JDRF’s Groundbreaking Self-Commissioning Lighting Innovation
I visited a Canadian start-up, JDRF, and met with Andre Ianos, the National Sales Manager for the pioneering lighting solutions company. Andre introduced what he termed as the “World’s First” in controls technology—self-commissioning, luminary-level lighting control (LLLC) solutions that eliminate the need for any design, setup, or commissioning.
Andre shared, “Imagine no commissioning, a system that requires no human intervention whatsoever.” He went on to explain the groundbreaking technology which combines optical solution and Bluetooth mesh, “The contractor installs the luminaire, turns power on, and walks away. When he returns 20 minutes later, a secure network has formed with each fixture location identified, creating occupancy groups and daylight groups based on proximity to window.
I was intrigued and inquired further about the simplicity of the setup, to which Andre confirmed the absence of boxes, control hardware, gateways, panels, or additional wiring—just the fixture and power to the fixture.
When asked about the company’s representation in New York, Andre admitted it was still “undetermined” as they eye expansion in the U.S. beginning in early 2024. The company, which has been in research and development for five and a half years and recently commercialized in Canada, is led by Ray Dableh, the founder and CEO. Andre introduced Mr. Dableh as “the brains behind the company.”
Acuity’s nLight: Lighting Solutions for Versatile Venues
Daniel Weiss from Acuity, the Director of Product Market for Pathway, illuminated the cost-saving potential of their nLight Snapshot. Daniel explained that customers such as schools can save money by opting for versatile and economical lighting solutions. For instance, a cafetorium – which serves as both a cafeteria and auditorium – may need regular fixtures for daily use, but also require specialized DMX lighting for events. By choosing the right lighting options, the venue can meet all its lighting needs without overspending.
Through the nLight Snapshot, nLight Wired controls, including wall switches or sensors, can directly control theatrical DMX lights, and the DMX lighting control console can dim or turn off the nLight controlled lights or initiate scenes.
Daniel elaborated on the company’s strategic move to broaden its market beyond a private theater network, capitalizing on the vibrant New York City scene. He proudly noted that most Broadway shows rely on their equipment discreetly running in the background, as well as notable installations like Niagara Falls lighting and the Super Bowl halftime show.
Signify Acquisition & American-Made Controls
Eric Eshenbaugh, the National Sales Director for Controls at Intelligent Lighting Controls (ILC), discussed the recent strategic acquisition by Signify in March. ILC’s wired control systems expand the Cooper Lighting Solutions portfolio of energy-saving solutions. Proudly highlighting the company’s dedication to local manufacturing, Eric stated, “Our products are made in America and meet all necessary compliances at standard prices. ILC’s commitment to American-made products is central to our operation.”
Signify and Cooper were across from each other, and I found it interesting that the Cooper tabletop exhibit seemed to be about 3x larger than the Signify table.
Lumentender’s Cloud-Based API Control
Lumentender is a new company that started in early February. Brandon Siemion, its president, a CK alum demonstrated their cloud-based solution for scheduling and control of API-based systems. Showing different lighting on the façade of the Tryon Building in North Carolina, his demo looked incredibly intuitive.
Brandon said they have 98 agents in North America, including two in New York, which I found interesting. He also discussed a recurring revenue model—which I found fascinating!
I appreciate NYControlled for helping me discover new companies that I may have otherwise missed. At LightFair, or LEDucation, I probably would not have stopped by Lumentender or JDRF as I did not recognize the company or anyone at the tabletop. But because I was there to learn about controls, I stopped and learned a lot.
Tomorrow I will share my concluding thoughts on the show.