The Crazy World of LED’s and Controlling Them

Session Type: Pre Convention Workshop


Room Number: 202A

Available Dates & Times


The lighting industry used to be a plodding business, slow to change and with rare new technologies.  But no longer!  Solid state lighting, principally light emitting diodes, have totally revolutionized lighting.  LED lighting fixtures, LED replacement lamps, and all kinds of special new products are part of lighting today.  And with them has come a revolution in lighting controls, with wireless controls, network controls, and everything is dimmable – if you can get it to work.


This workshop will explain how to plan, install and troubleshoot LED control devices and systems.  It will include dimmers, switches, sensors, small systems, large systems, networked controls, wireless controls, and the world of drivers, dimmers, and other components now part of everyday LED installations.   It will include teaching how to stay current, where to get more education, and how to get assistance from manufacturers, agents and other resources, especially when things aren’t working the way they were planned.  The program will include troubleshooting and fixes for common LED lighting system control issues.  Breakout sessions will allow groups to identify and discuss particular problems.


This workshop is complementary to the workshop on LED lighting systems.

Fee $95.00



  • 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.