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March 12-13, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Taking Sides: the DLFNY annual "debate"

Join us for a fun and educational evening of lively, sometimes absurd debate between members of the New York City lighting design community. Enjoy a verbal joust as the debaters take sides on some of the most pressing topics in the lighting industry, during a light-hearted evening of discussion mixed with humorous provocation and competition.

The topics have been chosen to provoke a dialog, so the opinions expressed by our panel may not be their personal stance, but will surely be interesting to hear.

Our confirmed panel members include prominent figures from all aspects of the lighting industry.

The event is hosted by the New York School of Interior Design and is free and open to all.



Taking Sides at Parsons School of Design, 2018. Photos: Farncesca Bastianini

Date February 28, 2019

Confirmed participants to date:

Phil Acone, Eaton
Amanda Arikol, Tillotson Design Associates
Shaun Fillion, NYSID
Brian Labbe, Electric Lighting Agencies
Jason Livingston, Studio T+L
Kelly Roberts, WALD Studio

Mark Roush, Experience Light LLC
Amy Ruffles, Lighting Workshop

Dan Blitzer, The Practical Lighting Workshop LLC


Refreshments: 5:30pm
Debate: 6:30pm


New York School of Interior Design
Arthur Satz Auditorium
170 East 70th Street
New York City, New York, 10021


Free to all

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March 12-13, 2019

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Industry events of note:

Feb 13
Celebrate NYC: Funding a Lighting Retrofit
Join the Building Energy Exchange for a panel discussion on funding lighting retrofits with speakers from Willdan Energy Solutions, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Feb

Feb 20 & 22
Green Light Trainings

Join the Building Energy Exchange for our four-part training series on lighting retrofits: Green Light. From energy code and regulation consideration and selection of LED and controls technology, to the development of the right retrofit strategy - the Green Light series provides building industry stakeholders the information they need to execute successful lighting retrofits.


The DLFNY is a charter member of the Parsons Lighting Design Partners program.

2016 Recipient of the IFDA/NY Award for Excellence in Education

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