DLC Controls Summit 2024


Integration for the Future


October 15 – 16, 2024
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Everyone agrees that the potential to optimize savings by integrating lighting controls with other building systems is real, but getting alignment on how to do this is less clear. By convening different groups of professionals to discuss the possibilities and challenges, we can begin to solve the problem together.

Integration is the last step on a larger pathway to connected lighting. Energy efficiency programs are starting to incorporate more than simple LED replacements, including controls, LLLCs, and NLCs plus other building systems such as HVAC. The results from our most recent potential study show clear value in integrating networked lighting controls (NLCs) with HVAC systems to save an additional 30% of HVAC energy in large buildings. Summit attendees will have opportunities to network and discuss how controls can be used to optimize savings in a variety of building types, share experiences with installing NLCs and integrating lighting controls with other building systems, and explore new DLC resources that will encourage more NLC installations.

Who Should Attend

The DLC Controls Summit is an opportunity for professionals who design, promote, install, and incentivize lighting controls to network, learn, and collaborate on ways to break down the barriers implementing and integrating lighting controls in facilities of all sizes, including:

DLC Members, utility energy efficiency program staff, and program implementers

As baselines begin to shift away from traditional lighting retrofits and toward more comprehensive projects, lighting controls are becoming increasingly important to meet energy savings goals.  Cracking the code of NLC adoption can unlock 49% additional lighting in commercial lighting projects and up to 30% of HVAC load, allowing you to continue to claim savings from lighting upgrades for years to come.

Building system integrators and consulting engineers

Networked lighting controls represent huge potential, as they are installed in less than 1% of the existing lighted square footage in the US and Canada. For retrofits, there are challenges to increasing NLC installations including, but not limited to, a poor end-user experience due to design, installation, and/or commissioning issues. Integrators and consulting engineers can help break down barriers that will enable a future with NLCs on all projects and move towards NLC and HVAC integration. Learn about tools being developed that can help, and network with energy efficiency professionals to learn how these programs can help increase installations through expertise and funding.

Lighting controls manufacturers and representatives

Many lighting agencies have evolved to include lighting controls teams responsible for design and commissioning. You play a vital role in getting NLCs specified by working with designers, distributors, contractors, and facility managers to navigate challenges and ensure proper installation and user experience. Many barriers exist to achieving system integration. As the DLC develops new tools and brings together key stakeholders, this is an opportunity to provide input and network with efficiency program professionals and learn about available incentives that will enable future growth of NLC systems.

Lighting and HVAC installers and other trade allies

You’re tasked with decoding both program requirements and product manuals while trying to meet customer expectations. Your experiences will help us uncover insights to improve both programs and products and clear the path to smooth, successful installations in an untapped market.

Facility managers

Facility managers are responsible for managing the operational budget of a building as well as managing issues on both maintenance and energy costs. If you never did an LED upgrade or are ready to replace a previous upgrade, installing NLCs needs to be part of the discussion. On average, NLCs save 49% of lighting energy costs, and if integrated with the HVAC system, an additional 30% savings on HVAC load can be achieved. Attending this summit will provide an opportunity to learn what is needed to navigate this process. You’ll collaborate with efficiency programs and other building professionals as we work toward enabling increased installations of NLCs and system integration and learn how to leverage efficiency program rebates to offset your investment.


Please note the agenda is subject to change up until the event date.


Early Bird Registration – $349.00 (Due to space limitations, only 2 attendees per company)

Available May 6, 2024 – September 15, 2024 at 5:00PM ET.

Standard Registration – $399.00 (Due to space limitations, only 2 attendees per company)

Available September 16, 2024 – October 11, 2024 at 5:00PM ET.

DLC Utility/EE Member Registration – 2 registrations included in Membership (please contact Karla Winter for additional attendees)

Available May 6, 2024 – October 11, 2024 at 5:00PM ET.

Cancellations received by Thursday, October 3, 2024, will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations received after Friday, October 4, 2023, including no shows, will not receive a refund.


Hotel Information:

The Westin Milwaukee
550 N Van Buren St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202


The DLC Group Rate of $229.00 per night is good until 5:00PM EST on Monday, September 30, 2024. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Book your reservations early to ensure you receive the discounted rate (group rate does not include taxes).

Airport and Transportation

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (7.8 miles from The Westin Milwaukee).


The DLC offers multiple opportunities to sponsor the 2024 Controls Summit. Please contact info@designlights.org if you are interested in sponsoring this year’s summit!

Important Information and Policies

Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration and attendance at, or participation in, DLC meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by the DLC and other third parties.

COVID-19 Policy: The health and safety of our attendees is important to the DLC. The DLC will comply with all localstate and federal COVID-19 mandates.

*These policies are subject to change. The DLC will update this page on an ongoing basis.

Hosted by Focus on Energy, Sponsored by Light Now