You’ve probably noticed the recent resurgence in the popularity of Edison style light bulbs in both commercial and residential lighting. And while there’s no doubt that they look cool, the truth is they’re extremely inefficient.
The paradox is that a demand for more efficient lighting and the demand for the vintage style Edison bulbs is growing at the same time.
In fact, different kinds of lighting have become a hot button issue lately as we learn more about how lighting can affect human and animal behavior. Night time lighting can affect safety and way-finding; certain lighting can affect the natural human sleep cycle, and we now know that artificial lights have had an impact on the reproductive cycle of turtles.
While highly unlikely that these topics have come up in conversation under one of the many Edison bulb-lit bars across Hampton Roads, there is a small segment of the Hampton Roads and worldwide population that devotes their time to studying these topics and their impact on our lives.
Lighting plays a frequently overlooked role in our everyday environment. Most of the time, when lighting is done right, the intention is for it to be overlooked. What shouldn’t be overlooked, though, is the research and work that goes into creating better lighting. Which is why everyone in Hampton Roads should know about the Lighting Hampton Roads Conference, which discusses these topics with a variety of experts in the lighting field.
Sure, this conference doesn’t include crazy comic book character costumes and maybe it’s not as glamorous as the local wedding conventions, but the Lighting Hampton Roads Conference is a locally grown event that covers many important issues in energy efficiency, sustainability and better lighting for our lives. Whether you’re a local restauranteur who wants to learn how to reduce your electric bill, an office manager looking to impress customers with a signature lighting fixture in your lobby, a gallery owner interested in how lighting can improve the display of your art pieces, a local activist interested in learning how lighting affects crime in Hampton Roads, or an IT professional looking to see how lighting is being integrated into the “Internet of Things,” you’re sure to find something that will interest and inspire you.
The Lighting Hampton Roads conference will be held on March 16, 2016 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Entrance to the exhibitor showroom where dozens of agencies and manufacturers can answer any of your questions is free and open to the public. There will also be eight classes throughout the day, with the option to attend up to four for just $20. Pre-registration can be easily done on the Tidewater IES website.