Lighting Retrofits and Relighting – Cost Effective for the Customer, Good for the Environment, and Good Business for Our Nation

Session Type: Management Workshop


Room Number: 202A

Available Dates & Times


Lighting energy efficiency remains the most cost effective way of saving energy, and should be one of the biggest new business opportunities for electrical contractors in America.  Get the facts on the potential and how we might strengthen America through relighting, including major opportunities in manufacturing, installations, and managing electric lighting systems.


  • Benya

    James Benya

    Mr. Benya’s career began with the Smith Group in Detroit

    where he won his first lighting design awards. He took

    over Luminae Lighting Consultants in San Francisco in

    1983, establishing the West Coast’s seminal lighting design

    practice and winning the Edison Award an unprecedented

    5 times between 1984 and 1992. In 1995 he established

    Benya Lighting Design in Portland, Oregon, winning the

    2003 and 2009 Edison Awards of Environmental Design

    and the 2009 Edison Award. He recently was awarded a

    special AIA recognition for his pro bono work on the San

    Antonio Haven for Hope project.

    In 2010, James joined Deborah Burnett in a special

    consultancy to address the emerging health and light field.

    In addition to lighting design awards in several

    international programs, James has received a number of

    significant honors in his career. Included is being elected

    Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (1991) and

    the International Association of Lighting Designers (2005).

    Consulting Practice -

    Mr. Benya provides expert and educational consulting

    services including expert witness and testimony, product

    design and development, class development and teaching,

    technical writing and codes and standards development.

    He is a past member of ASHRAE 90.1 and 189.1

    committees and serves as principal consultant to the

    California Energy Commission. He has been contributing

    to Architectural Lighting Magazine since 1987.

    Community -

    James is a Fellow of IES and has served as chair of the

    Energy Committee, the Education Committee, and the

    Certification committee in over 35 years of active

    participation. He is a Fellow of IALD and has served on its

    Board and as Director of Education and External Affairs.

    He is a Board member of the International Association of

    Lighting Designers. As a public speaker, he is in demand

    throughout the world, including a record of 51

    presentations at LightFair International and as co-leader of

    the Velux International Daylighting Conference in Europe.