SORAA and IESNYC Tackle LED Compatibility at PlugFest


Event will be Held at Control This! 2012 on December 5th from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm

Fremont, Calif. – Nov. 27, 2012 – In an effort to remove barriers to the rapid adoption of LED lighting, Soraa will sponsor the lighting industry’s first PlugFest in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York City (IESNYC) at their annual Control This! event. IESNYC’s Control This! 2012 is a daylong event expo and seminar series that that will be held on December 5th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, and will showcase state-of-the-art lighting control systems and energy management systems (

“Incompatibility between LED lamps and fixtures with existing control gear and dimmers designed for traditional light sources—incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent—is one of the biggest hurdles facing the lighting industry today. I applaud Soraa and IESNYC’s efforts to solve this challenge by holding the first ever Lighting PlugFest,” said Paul Gregory, founder and president of the award-winning architectural lighting design firm Focus Lighting, Inc. of New York City. (Paul will join Soraa and IESNYC at the press preview)

“PlugFests are a mainstay of high tech industries, and Lighting PlugFest at Control This! is destined to revolutionize the way lighting practitioners and OEM vendors of LED lamps, fixtures, transformers, and dimmers test the interoperability between products from different manufacturers and accelerate the growth of the entire industry,” said Control This! 2012 Co-Chair Meg Smith, LC, IES, LEED AP, co-chair of the IESNYC education committee, and senior project manager, Philips Lighting Solutions and Services. “This is a ‘must attend’ industry event.”

Soraa ( will manage and run the testing using a custom-built testing panel comprised of an array of commonly used transformers and dimmers and Soraa’s 12VAC LED MR16 lamps and also accommodates participating companies’ transformers, dimmers, and 12VAC LED lamps or fixtures. A video of how the panel works isavailable here:

“Manufacturers benefit because Lighting PlugFest addresses compatibility—an obstacle to widespread LED lamp adoption; designers benefit because they can specify with confidence; and end users benefit because they will know that product combinations work,” said Eric Kim, CEO of Soraa.  “This event is all about ensuring a positive LED lighting user experience.”

For more information on Lighting PlugFest and how to participate, visit:

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