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CEU The Impact of LED Lighting on Architectural Finishes

  • DIRTT Environmental Solutions 325 N Wells Street, #1000 Chicago, IL 60654 (map)


IDCEC .01 Credit Hour

AIA approved for 1LU/ HSW


Bradley Fritz, AIA, LEED AP – Theatre Consultant, Schuler Shook

Jim Baney, IALD, IES, LEED AP - Partner and Lighting Designer, Schuler Shook


LED lighting technology is significantly different from “traditional” technologies that have dominated the lighting industry for decades. The small, intense diode sources in LED lighting render very differently on certain finishes than other lighting sources. Finish color can also render differently when the same material is lit by LED lights versus incandescent or fluorescent lights, even if the sources have the same color temperature. The intensity of the LED diodes also impacts the appearance of textures and glare of finishes.

This seminar will address the emerging relationship between LED lighting and finish selection through the following discussion items:

  • An introduction to why finishes can react differently to LED technology

  • A demonstration of common pitfalls that occur with improper pairing of finishes and LED lighting

  • Recommendations for finish selection and collaboration topics to discuss with lighting designers and electrical engineers

An interactive display will be included with the presentation, allowing participants to compare finishes lit by LED and non-LED lighting sources. Participants will be able to adjust distance between source and finish, incidence angle for grazing lighting, and impact of color temperature. If desired, participants can even bring samples of their own finishes to test under the lighting display.

*We encourage you to bring any of your own finishes if you'd like to demo them.


5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration & Networking

6:00 - 7:00 PM Presentation

7:00 - 7:30 PM Discussion & Hands-on Demos

Thank you to our sponsors!