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Join us in Boston, MA!

July 9 – 11, 2018 •  Boston Park Plaza

We are thrilled to host the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting in our hometown of Boston, MA! Known for being one of America’s oldest cities, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and home of the Red Sox, Boston is also ranked as the #1 city for energy efficiency by ACEEE in 2017.

Join us for opportunities to network, learn and collaborate on bringing high quality LED technologies into buildings across the globe. The 2018 agenda will focus on DLC’s efforts to provide utilities with the tools they need to run successful efficiency programs, stakeholder input, and innovative ways the industry is addressing the latest technology challenges.

The DLC Stakeholder Meeting is a prime opportunity to build strong connections within the lighting industry. The meeting is a great event and resource for:

  • Utility and energy efficiency program managers and executives
  • Utility contractors
  • Solid state lighting manufacturers
  • Lighting designers
  • Lighting specifiers
  • Testing laboratory representatives
  • Electrical and installation companies
  • Government agencies

Plan ahead to make the most of your attendance and become a sponsor of the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting. Contact Emily Belic for more information.

Why Attend this Year's Meeting?

We’re looking at a very different lighting landscape than when we began hosting this annual conference seven years ago. Horticultural lighting has quickly become an industry hot topic. First generation LEDs are ready to be replaced. Lighting controls technology has flourished, but has yet to penetrate the market. As the market evolves, so must our collective effort to maximize energy savings and provide end users with reliable, high-quality products they can trust. Don’t miss the chance to discuss the opportunities listed below at this year’s conference – they are what will carry this industry forward and thus will be an integral part of this year’s conference agenda.

U.S. market penetration of LEDs is below 13%.

The lighting market remains ripe with opportunity for energy savings.

The commercial LED market is far from saturated. The industry has made a lot of progress bringing high performance lighting to market, but there is a lot more to do. In the US, the penetration of LEDs as of 2016 is less than 13%.1 At the DLC, we believe in collaboration, bringing stakeholders together to enable deeper savings for customers, and supporting innovation from industry. The annual Stakeholder Meeting is an opportunity to contribute to and learn about the development of the commercial LED lighting market. As we enter the era of networked lighting, there are significant additional efficacy gains to be made in LED products.

LEDs can reach 200 lumens per watt in the next few years.

This represents additional savings of at least 80 lumens per watt still to be gained.

According to the Department of Energy, the commercial sector was responsible for producing the most lumens on an annual basis, making up 45 percent of total lighting electricity in 2015. Average efficacy of commercial LED lighting has increased to 81.1 lumens/watt in 20152 but has the potential to reach 200 lumens per watt in the coming years3. The DLC’s specifications have been pushing efficacy gains for years and products on the DLC QPL already performed at an average of 100-120 lumens per watt in 2017. We want to continue to drive efficacy without compromising on quality. Let’s work together to create the market demand to realize optimal energy savings and an expanded credible market.

Networked lighting controls can provide energy savings of 47% per project4.

Leveraging resources can accelerate adoption of this technology.

There are large additional savings to be captured by networked lighting controls (NLCs). The DLC’s recent report demonstrates that NLCs can provide, on average, 47% lighting energy savings per project4. The DLC is currently working on V3.0 of its Networked Lighting Controls Technical Requirement, which will go into effect in June 2018. The DLC has developed installer training, a savings calculator, and recently performed a study that informs NLC incentive program design to support utilities and industry in bringing this technology mainstream and realizing the savings potential and additional benefits for customers.

Horticultural lighting is a great opportunity for a new, energy efficient industry.

Implementing better practices from the beginning will prevent lost savings opportunities.

There are exciting energy savings opportunities on the horizon with horticultural lighting. Many of these projects are perfect candidates for both LED and networked lighting upgrades. The DLC is developing new specifications and categories for horticultural products, which will provide new program opportunities for utilities. The first draft of the DLC’s Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements will be released for comment in April and the final policy is scheduled to be released in September 2018, which will enable utilities to incentivize products in this application with confidence.

First generation LEDs are ready for upgrades.

Retrofitting first generation LEDs will provide savings opportunities for many years to come.

Believe it or not, it will soon be cost-effective to replace the first generation of LEDs with new generations. Many of these first generation LEDs had efficacies of  >60-80 lumens per watt and manufacturers will be able to replace them with 150+ lumens per watt in addition to installing networked lighting for even more significant savings.

Efficient distribution of light can provide more energy savings.

Application level efficacy promises additional savings.

There are significant additional energy savings opportunities that can be unlocked by honing in on efficacy at the application level to identify how well a fixture illuminates the intended target area using better optics or distribution. Metrics such as Target Efficacy (TER) and Fitted Target Efficacy (FTE) provide methods to measure this performance and identify better performing luminaires. To support programs in accessing deeper savings, the DLC is researching how to identify luminaires that more efficiently distribute light and may report new metrics on the QPL in the near future.

Join us at the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting.

Join us at the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting to discuss how we can grow opportunity and collectively move the needle on efficacy and quality.

What to Expect at the Stakeholder Meeting

Be a part of the movement to drive LED technology adoption

The DLC is undertaking an effort to lead the way in accelerating the global adoption of LED lighting technology. The Stakeholder Meeting provides attendees an opportunity to participate in this revolution. The DLC is seeking input on policies and is excited to create an environment to foster collaboration between stakeholders to drive this mission forward.

Network with peers and business partners

The DLC Stakeholder Meeting offers the unique opportunity to reach across the aisle to work with industry representatives in a truly collaborative environment. Audience members include utility program representatives, manufacturing companies, lighting designers, lighting laboratories, implementers, national accounts, and many more! The DLC also offers structured networking opportunities to select attendees, which is a great chance to create new business relationships and leads.

Learn about the latest DLC efforts to push the envelope on efficient LED technology

The DLC Stakeholder Meeting is an opportunity to hear directly from industry experts on movements and trends in an incredibly dynamic industry, in addition to connecting with representatives from different programs and companies to hear a variety of perspectives on challenges and innovations within the lighting industry. There are many exciting new developments happening constantly in lighting, and the DLC Stakeholder Meeting provides a centralized forum to hear, learn, and discuss developments. Opportunities for learning and collaboration range from panels led by industry experts, to Structured Networking, to in-depth discussion sessions.

Participate in Structured Networking sessions

Structured Networking offers a unique opportunity for your business to meet with DLC Member programs. The goal is to increase understanding between individual manufacturers and utility and energy efficiency programs, in order to maximize the value of incentive programs as well as leverage market opportunities. Participation in the small group meetings is open to all attending manufacturers, but it not guaranteed as space is limited. Conference sponsors receive preference in the selection process.

Showcase your company’s leadership in the industry by becoming a sponsor of the event

Sponsoring the DLC 2018 Stakeholder Meeting is an exciting opportunity for companies to showcase their own programs and developments. Sponsorship gives your company a high degree of visibility at the conference and the flexibility to really make an impression through opportunities such as providing opening remarks, helping to design and put on an off-site event, or showcasing your company via a booth. It is a terrific way to connect your brand with other industry stakeholders and sets the stage for potential partnerships and leads. Sponsorship also provides the opportunity to involve your brand in the lighting community outside of your particular industry and gain recognition and respect amongst attendees.

See up close how Boston and Massachusetts are leading the way in energy efficiency

According to ACEEE, not only is Massachusetts the number one state for energy efficiency (for the past three years), but Boston is leading the country as the number one city for energy efficiency. Come and see for yourself how Boston is leading the way to create a more efficient world.

Provide feedback and ask questions face-to-face

The 2018 Stakeholder Meetings is an excellent opportunity to give feedback and ask questions directly to DLC staff and Member utilities. This is your chance to make your voice heard during the development of DLC policies.

Explore the east coast’s innovation hub for efficiency programs and tech companies

Boston is leading the way in energy efficiency and it has become a vital hub of innovation for energy efficiency programs and technologies. With cutting-edge program development through National Grid, Eversource, and Cape Light Compact in addition to state-of-the-art lighting technology companies located here, this conference will be right in the thick of the LED technology revolution.

Explore a dynamic city filled with vibrant, rich history

The 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting is an excellent opportunity to spend some time in the birthplace of the American Revolution! Take a walk on the Freedom Trail, catch a game at Fenway Park, or take a stroll through the Museum of Fine Arts. There will be many opportunities to learn and experience Boston both inside and outside the conference.

Meeting Agenda

PRE-CONFERENCE  •  Monday, July 9

8:30am – 12:00pm DLC Members-Only Meeting and Breakfast (by invitation only)
12:00pm – 5:00pm Conference Registration
1:00pm – 5:00pm Pre-Conference Workshops 
1:00pm – 2:00pm  ANSI/IES TM-33: A New Standard for Luminaire Optical Data 
• Ian Ashdown, SunTracker Technologies
Lighting for Health and Energy Savings 
   • Jeremy Snyder, RPI 
Advanced Lighting Control Systems (ALCS) Training Course
2:00pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 3:30pm  Flicker: How to Avoid It, Test for It, and Fix It 
• Naomi Miller, Pacific Northwest National Lab
[CEU] Cybersecurity / UL 2900: Practice, Testing, & Approvals 
• Anthony Ciccozzi, Eaton
3:30pm – 4:30pm  Standardizing Energy Measurement: Considerations, Challenges, & Reality 
• Jeremy Yon, Current Powered by GE
 IoT Ready™: What You Need to Know 
• Karl Jonsson, Tridonic
6:00pm – 8:00pm Evening Happy Hour Reception sponsored by  Intertek / ETL  and  Philips

DAY 1  •  Tuesday, July 10

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am  Welcome to Boston, MA!
   • Christina Halfpenny, Executive Director, DLC
• Carlos Nouel, Vice President of New Energy Solutions, National Grid
• Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Eversource
• Brad Swing, Director of Energy Policy and Programs, City of Boston
We are thrilled to host this year’s conference in Boston, MA – our hometown! Representatives from the City of Boston, Mass Save, and the DLC will share the city’s recent successes in energy efficiency and what lies ahead for the top-ranked state for energy efficiency.
9:00am – 10:15am  The Future of Lighting Efficiency
   • Gabe Arnold, DLC (moderator)
• Dan Mellinger, Senior Consultant, Energy Futures Group
• Kelly Seeger, Technical Policy Manager, North American Building Codes and Standards, Philips Lighting
• Tanner Smith, Director, Business Development, Sparkfund
What’s next in lighting efficiency? Where are the greatest opportunities? And how will utility programs and business models evolve to capture them? This panel makes a compelling case for continued savings opportunities for lighting and networked control technologies. We’ll learn how industry is evolving to capture these opportunities in a changing landscape, and discuss how technology subscriptions and as-a-service business models can be leveraged to accelerate sales and adoption.
10:15am – 10:45am Break sponsored by   
10:45am – 12:00pm  DLC V5.0: Taking on Controllability and Quality of Light 
   • Gabe Arnold, DLC
• Damon Bosetti, DLC
• Ute Besenecker, DLC
• Paul Ayers, DLC
This panel will outline the key areas of focus for the DLC’s next iteration of Technical Requirements: SSL V5.0.  Members of the panel will discuss the requirements being developed, which will help users better differentiate products with the quality characteristics they value, continue to focus on efficacy improvements at the luminaire and application level, and enable continued adoption of NLC systems.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch sponsored by  
1:00pm – 3:00pm Breakout Sessions
     1:00pm – 2:00pm  DLC Program Update: Surveillance Testing  Structured Networking 

(by invitation only)
     2:00pm – 2:30pm  The DLC Networked Lighting Controls Application Process   3ft, 8ft, and 2G11 Lamp Requirements and Testing 
     2:30pm – 3:00pm  Tune In to the New DLC Color-Tuning Requirements   Navigating the DLC Website and Application Portal 
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Discussion Sessions

This format of conversation will be held in facilitated medium-sized breakout groups. Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of the following sessions:

  •  SSL V5.0: Quality of Light 
  •  SSL V5.0: Lighting Controllability 
  •  Horticultural Lighting Requirements 
  •  Component and Module Qualification 
6:30pm Off-Site Reception @ The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum sponsored by Acuity Brands

DAY 2  •  Wednesday, July 11

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast sponsored by  
8:00am – 9:00am  Leading the Way to the Smart Building Future
   • Christina Halfpenny, Executive Director, DLC (moderator)
• Barry Coflan, Chief Technology Officer – EcoBuilding Division, Schneider Electric
• Alecia Ward, Leader, Program and Business Development, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
• Brian Swett, Director, Cities and Sustainable Real Estate, Arup
• Abigail Anthony, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commissioner
Smart/connected buildings are the future. In addition to energy savings, the value propositions for demand response, integrated system management, energy monitoring, and even things like plug load control with networked lighting creates a compelling infrastructure that will get us closer to the smart building future. How can we build a gateway with SSL retrofits to get to intelligent buildings? What are the market mechanisms and the use cases for this approaching future?
9:00am – 10:15am  Outdoor Lighting: Filtering Facts from Fiction
   • Liesel Whitney-Schulte, DLC (moderator)
• Jane Slade, Consultant
• Naomi Miller, Senior Lighting Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Lab
• Ute Besenecker, DLC
With the onslaught of information about how lighting may affect health, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish facts from unfounded claims. This panel explores how outdoor lighting affects animals, plants and people to determine whether we are doing enough to ensure exterior lighting quality, and identify what more can be done to minimize negative impacts.
10:15am – 10:45am Break sponsored by  Philips
10:45am – 12:00pm  NLCs in Action: The Good, The Bad, and the Awesome
   • Kandice Cohen, President, Bright Light Energy Consulting (moderator)
   • Ruth Taylor, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
   • Rahul Shira, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Philips Lighting
   • Elijah Ercolino, Director of Building Automation, Boston UniversityThanks to rapid advancements in technology, NLCs, or networked lighting controls, have the potential to transform the lighting industry by revolutionizing the way we use buildings. As adoption of this technology accelerates, the ability to capture energy savings and capitalize on non-energy benefits grows radically. NLCs aren’t as straightforward as a simple fixture replacement, so what do we need to be aware of to ensure seamless installation, programming, and operation? What are some remarkable examples of well-implemented systems, and what does the future hold? This panel will discuss the good, the bad, and the awesome outcomes that industry experts have seen as we’ve explored these issues.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch sponsored by  
1:00pm – 3:00pm Breakout Sessions
     1:00pm – 2:00pm  Reducing Delays in SSL Application Reviews  Structured Networking 
(by invitation only)
     2:00pm – 2:30pm  The DLC Networked Lighting Controls Application Process   3ft, 8ft, and 2G11 Lamp Requirements and Testing 
     2:30pm – 3:00pm  Tune In to the New DLC Color-Tuning Requirements   Navigating the DLC Website and Application Portal 
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Horticultural Lighting: The Root of New Industrial Infrastructure
   • Damon Bosetti, DLC (moderator)
• Tessa Pocock, Senior Research Scientist, RPI
• Edward Bartholomew, Commercial Lighting Program Manager, National Grid
• Roger Buelow, Chief Technology Officer, AeroFarms
Horticultural lighting is at the root of a newly emerging industrial infrastructure. However, the complex nature of lighting for plant biology has led utility programs to struggle with evaluating these new applications. Nonetheless, new energy loads from this category are ripe for energy savings harvests if we can establish best practices. Learn about the basics of horticultural lighting applications and how stakeholders are overcoming complexity paralysis.
5:00pm Wrap and Adjourn

*What is Structured Networking?
Structured Networking offers a unique opportunity for your business to meet with DLC Member programs. The goal is to increase understanding between individual manufacturers and utility and energy efficiency programs, in order to maximize the value of incentive programs as well as leverage market opportunities. Participation in the small group meetings is open to all attending manufacturers, but it not guaranteed as space is limited. Conference sponsors receive preference in the selection process.

What is Structured Networking?

Structured Networking offers a unique opportunity for your business to meet with DLC Member programs. The goal is to increase understanding between individual manufacturers and utility and energy efficiency programs, in order to maximize the value of incentive programs as well as leverage market opportunities. Participation in the small group meetings is open to all attending manufacturers, but it not guaranteed as space is limited – register early for the Meeting to increase your chance of participation! Conference sponsors receive preference in the selection process.

As a Structured Networking participant, lighting manufacturers have the opportunity to:

  • Increase understanding between your company and the energy efficiency program managers who administer incentive programs
  • Brainstorm strategies to maximize the value of energy savings programs for your individual business needs
  • Leverage unique market opportunities for your business


As a Structured Networking participant, DLC Members have the opportunity to:

  • Increase understanding between your company and the lighting manufacturers who apply to your incentive programs
  • Brainstorm strategies to maximize the value of your programs for all stakeholders
  • Share your perspective with industry leaders

Register for Pre-Conference Controls Training

For the first time this year, the DLC is offering a condensed version of its highly-rated Advanced Lighting Control Systems (ALCS) Training Program during the Stakeholder Meeting pre-conference.

The course will be held on Monday, July 9 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm ET and online registration is available to all Stakeholder Meeting attendees for an additional $50 fee. Please register for the training course SEPARATELY from your regular conference registration using the form below. Due to space constraints at the meeting venue, the training will be capped at the first 100 course registrants.

Registration for this course is now closed.

Hotel and Lodging

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116


The conference room rate is $239 per night. The hotel’s mandatory facilities fee will be waived for all guests registering in the DLC room block. Hotel amenities include:
  • Unlimited streaming high-speed wifi in guestrooms for up to six devices
  • Unlimited access to digital news and magazines via PressReader
  • ChromeCast streaming for each guestroom
  • Complimentary access to state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot Fitness Center
  • Complimentary boarding pass printing at the FedEx Business Center

Meeting Sponsorship

Become a sponsor of the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting!

Increase your organization’s visibility and outreach opportunities at this year’s DLC Stakeholder Meeting. Showcase your business to DLC stakeholders, including utility program managers, lighting designers, lighting specifiers, and more.

  • Showcase your leadership in the industry by maximizing your brand’s visibility.

    Platinum Sponsorship distinguishes your brand amongst competitors and allows you to meaningfully contribute to the content and events at the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting.

  • Increase your brand’s visibility and engagement at this year’s conference.

    Gold Sponsorship perks include new benefits such as special recognition as the WiFi lounge or Wellness Station sponsor, guaranteed participation in Structured Networking, and the opportunity to craft a pre-approved message to be posted on the DLC’s social media sites.

  • Leave your mark with conference attendees.

    In addition to securing complimentary booth space, Silver Sponsorship perks include recognition as a break sponsor, a tweeted photo of your presence at the conference, a company bio in the program folder, and more.

  • Customize a conference-wide happy hour and leave a lasting impression.

    The opening reception provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce Member utilities and other stakeholders to your brand at the very beginning of the conference.

  • Brand and help plan a signature event that guests will remember for years.

    The off-site reception is the signature event of the Stakeholder Meeting. The event sponsor will have the opportunity to provide input in determining the offsite venue and the chance to put their brand’s distinctive touch on the event

  • Introduce yourself to DLC stakeholders and Members.

    Get your company’s name and logo out there for all conference attendees to see.

  • Customize it!

    Choose from one of the above sponsorship packages and take it to the next level by adding individual options a la carte.

For more information about sponsoring the conference, please contact:

Emily Belic
781-538-6425 x196