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ay, February 21, 2018

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 Parsons School of Design and is free and open to all.



Taking Sides at FIT, 2017. Photos: David Bergman

Date February 21, 2018

Confirmed participants to date (new speakers added):

Mark Roush, Experience Light LLC
Phil Acone, Eaton
Glenn Shrum, Parsons, Flux Studio
Alex Pappas-Kalber, Sighte Studio
Brian Labbe, Electric Lighting Agency

Gabe Guilliams, BuroHappold*
Natalia Lesniak, Lumen Architecture*
Peggy Meehan, PSM Product Consultants LLC*

Dan Blitzer, The Practical Lighting Workshop LLC

* Newly added


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


Parsons School of Design
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
The Auditorium, Room A106
66 West 12th Street


Free to all

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Upcoming events

March 1, 6:00-7:30 PM

When is White Light not White?

Using demonstration and comparison, this presentation explores the differences between static color temperature, tunable white, and color changing LEDs . . . and importantly how color and the angle of light affect materials and textures for interior design.

Speakers: Cindy Limauro and Christopher Popowich, Design Partners, C&C Lighting
Where: New York School of Interior Design, Arthur Satz Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Stay tuned for registration information.

March 13-14, 2018

Registration here

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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