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Inline Energy Expo Nashville

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Inline Electric's Energy Efficiency Expo is an opportunity for architects, contractors, property managers, and others to stay informed about the newest energy efficient products and strategies. 

Each expo includes dozens of vendors, with their newest energy saving products on display, and important classes in which you can earn CEU credits. We hope you'll come join us! 

3:30 - 4:30pm: The Power of DC for Lighting Systems (1 LU HSW AIA) presented by J.R. Sikes, Acuity Lighting

4:45pm - 5:45pm: Forms of Tunable Lighting (1 LU HSW AIA) presented by: David Kelley, Current Lighting

J. R. Sikes received a Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree with emphasis in both Electrical and Mechanical engineering at the University of Georgia, Go Dawgs!! His early professional years focused on academic R&D in electronics, sensing, and mechatronics. Working with Acuity Brands over the past two decades, J. R. focused on lighting and controls, integrated solutions, intelligent luminaires, and smart buildings. J. R. is currently the Controls Sales Director for Acuity Brands across the Southeast for GA, FL, TN, AL, SC and NC, and when not traveling enjoys time with his wonderful family and the great outdoors.

J.R Sikes
Acuity Brands Lighting
The Power of DC for Lighting Systems
Credit: 1 LU HSW AIA

Our built environment relies on the quality of energy available to power it. Nationwide investments in grid modernization and resiliency are driving electrification, converting buildings to more carbon-friendly electric systems, and facilitating installation of renewable energy sources at the building level. With this, Direct Current (DC) power is key to easily connecting our buildings to renewable resources and energy storage batteries. Our built environment is almost exclusively powered by Alternating Current (AC). However, from renewables and electric vehicles to mobile devices and IT networks, the use of DC power is already widespread and growing. Converting AC to
DC power results in efficiency losses of up to 10%, and every power conversion represents not only additional material costs, but a potential failure point for the connected devices and systems. This course will look at both the history of AC and DC power generation and usage in buildings, and the role of DC powered lighting systems in the next wave of electrification.

2024 Energy Expo Speakers:

As Senior Director of Specification Sales for Current Lighting and over 18yrs of lighting experience, David Kelley is responsible for supporting the execution of creative project designs in the architecture and design community. He has over a decade of experience guiding design professionals through challenging lighting applications. David is passionate about lighting education and he’s presented AIA accredited courses to numerous customers. He’s also an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Chicago and LIRC/IALD.

David Kelley
Current Lighting
Illuminating Our Experiences with Human Centric Lighting 
Credit: 1 LU HSW AIA

This course provides an overview of the basics of tunable white lighting and the available approaches to tuning, mixing, and controlling tunable white systems. Topics covered include types of tunable white, approaches to tuning / mixing and control, as well as emerging segments within the tunable light space.

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