Two days of topical, relevant presentations from experts in several fields of lighting, combined with a programme of sponsored workshops, sessions and exhibition.

The Professional Lighting Summit is returning! This must-attend event is for any lighting professional.

The conference is for lighting designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and any other professionals interested in lighting. It provides a focus for all those involved in lighting to get together to share expertise, discuss new ideas, understand technical and legal changes to our community… and ultimately to provide each other with information on how to carry out our roles more effectively. Conference sessions, workshops, exhibition and professional networking all combine to make two days of outstanding CPD.

The Professional Lighting Summit also includes sponsored workshops, an exhibition and a black tie dinner.

ALL ARE WELCOME: members and non-members alike

Here’s our full programme of CPD talks: 

Tuesday 21 June

We are all lumen beings – what is light and how we can all be superheroes!

Terry John, Founder at Lifelight Studio and Neina Sheldon, Founder and Director at Make Light Matter

Those of us that work within the lighting industry are working with an element that has profound effects on us all and helps us thrive or otherwise. We must therefore ensure that ‘light’ takes its rightful place as an important ‘giver of life’ and that we all use our knowledge and experience well and to best effect. In essence, we can all be Superheroes in control of a Superpower!

This not to be missed opening presentation is for all lighting professionals. It is crucial to understand how your lighting schemes affect end users.

Multi-sensory inclusive lighting design: designing for the visually impaired

Dipali Shirsat, Lighting Designer in Dubai and David Gilbey, Founding Director d-lighting

Favouring the sighted has been the core of design practice throughout the years. This dominance of visual biases over other senses have pushed us away from designing inclusive spaces. While many design strategies have been put forward to develop multi-sensory spaces, the lighting industry still has a long way to go. To re-shape human experiences within any space, we must examine how current design practices need to be re-evaluated. Dipali and David will put forward possibilities to create better spaces for all.

By attending this talk, engineers and designers will learn how the approach needs to be redefined. Treating visually impaired people as the default users of the space, will lead to a new way of design thinking.

Re-imagining lighting – ‘The rise of the small’ – how small incremental change can lead to innovation

Laura Phillips BA (Hons), Associate Director at Arup

Through a project case study, the talk will convey how luminance and glare metrics have been used to provide a more sustainable, yet impactful lighting approach that puts the user at the centre of the design and hi-lights the importance of light as a regenerative tool in the built environment at night. The talk looks at issues of scale and covers how a series of small changes to a more conventional design can provide significant improvements in sustainability and accessibility of spaces at night.

Whether you are lighting streets, parks, railway stations or other public spaces, this talk is vital for designers and specifiers.

Re-lighting Bristol’s Iconic Structure – Clifton Suspension Bridge

Harriet Davis BSc, Senior Lighting Designer at Hoare Lea

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s most recognisable structures. With the existing lighting nearing the end of its useful life the opportunity exists to upgrade and allow the bridge to play a larger role within the community.

This talk will highlight the design journey Harriet and her team undertook. Through site mock-ups, calculations, sketches, luminaire samples and many design team meetings, they have addressed the challenges of the heritage and listed nature of the structure, the ecology surrounding the bridge, and the stakeholders. The talk will explain the process and creative responsibility of creating an iconic but sympathetic lighting solution for one of Bristol’s most beloved landmarks.

Engineers, designers and asset owners dealing with cherished structures in sensitive environment, along with public realm practitioners, will benefit from attending this relevant session and learning from Harriet’s experience.

Protecting the Physical & Digitally-Engineered World

UK Government Security Advisor, CPNI

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) is the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Physical and Personnel protective security advice. CPNI is part of the National Security apparatus tackling terrorist and state threats. They have a long history of initiating world-leading research and development and providing advice on securing critical infrastructure, crowded places, sensitive technologies, digital engineering, open data initiatives, advanced manufacturing processes, automotive and intelligent transport system security and managing the security of smart city initiatives.

Highly recommended by the ILP Technical Director, this session will show the range of malicious threats facing the public and private sectors and the vulnerabilities that can be mitigated by forethought and proportionate countermeasures that enable rather than inhibit the desired innovation.

PD 6547: 2022 Guidance on the use of BS EN 40-3-1 and BS EN 40-3-3

David Lodge MBA MEng CEng MICE MHEA MILP CPEng MIAust RPEQ, Technical Director at CU Phosco Lighting

In this presentation, David will preview the changes made in the next version of PD 6547 which is due to be published late 2022. PD 6547 is a Published Document providing guidance on BS EN 40-3-1 and BS EN 40-3-3 and is relevant to specifiers, designers, consultants, manufacturers and contractors for guidance on the design manufacture and installation of lighting columns. This latest update will include additions relating to the role of lighting columns in the delivery of smart cities and smart streets developments as well as other things.

An essential session for every specifier, manager and user of lighting columns.

The Futurology of Lighting Design

Kevan Shaw CEng MILP FIALD, Design Director at Kevan Shaw Lighting Design

Having been through an exceptional period of change in lighting in the past two decades with the heavy hand of regulation driving an incredibly rapid change in lighting technology and focus on energy use now is a good time to take stock and look into the future. This paper will assess the current situation and aim to determine the direction we will be heading in the next decade both in the market for lighting, what will be attempted through regulation and how we should assess our design methods and targets for the next decade or so.

Join us to hear Kevan’s thought provoking take on the future of lighting.

Collected light – female artists

Sharon Stammers and Dr Martin Lupton, Light Collective/Co-founders – Women In Lighting

This inspirational talk is a small step toward trying to redress an unfair balance. Sharon and Martin will showcase the work of female artists working with light around the globe – from neon to daylight, interaction to reflection, colour to shadow and much more. That we are still in a time where it is necessary to use the word ‘female’ in front of ‘artist’ in order to promote these artists work speaks much about the need for this talk to exist.

A thought-provoking discussion for all involved in exterior lighting installations, who would like to bring art to spaces. Engineers, designers and contractors working with light will find their creativity enhanced and leave ready to inject this into their own work.

Wednesday 22 June

How does lighting affect the Safer Parks Standard?

Paul Brownbridge IEng MILP, Lighting Engineer and Elizabeth Harrison BA (Hons), Lighting Designer for Stainton Lighting Design Services Ltd

As lighting professionals, we are all aware of several attacks against women, girls and marginalised groups and the issues of feeling safe during the hours of darkness, particularly in the public realm.

A multi-disciplinary team, led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), investigated blockers to the use of public parks with the aim of improving safety and usage in Northumbria. Elizabeth and Paul will focus on their involvement in the project, specifically looking at the existing lighting provision within the parks, and potential improvements – listening to park wardens, police liaison and local safety teams.

The impact of this Home Office funded work will be collated and reviewed by Newcastle University, considering not just engineering standards and crime, but also social and economic barriers. The result will be a Safer Parks Standard.

Engineers, designers, consultants and contractors will find this insightful, practical and relevant to their roles.

Designing for Night-time: Safer Cities after Dark

Richard Morris CEng MIET MSLL MILP and Alison Gallagher BA MSc MSLL, Arup

Everyone’s experience of the night-time is different. To create truly inclusive spaces, voices historically omitted from decision making processes should be an integral design consideration. However, urban lighting design often follows a minimum compliance approach with little consideration of human perceptions of safety, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or age.

Alison and Richard will explain Arup’s research project to understand how lighting affects perceptions of safety. It demonstrates how lighting design is a vehicle for cities to ensure that built environments support and implement gender equity goals of inclusion, equality, and diversity; improving night-time wellbeing for all. They will reveal the methodology and findings of the research and introduce the tool created as a result.

Everyone who delivers exterior lighting installations has a responsibility towards the public and should attend this CPD talk to become better equipped to provide inclusive environments.

Sustainable lighting and who is responsible for it?

Aliz Sanduj BEng MA, chapmanbdsp

Being a lighting designer comes with a responsibility towards the: people, planet and the future; sustainability ties these elements together. One of the main issues the lighting industry is currently facing is that there is no clear definition of sustainable lighting. Most of the definitions solely focus on energy efficiency and natural light. Some other definitions are way too vague to follow. Therefore, we need to create our own definition and as such, we need to measure it during the design process.

This is essential for all specifiers, designers, and asset owners – make sure to attend this discussion and be part of this increasingly important conversation.

Can the highway infrastructure really achieve carbon neutrality?

Mark Hopkins, Joint Managing Director at OG2 Lighting

The introduction of renewable energy installations into the highway infrastructure has been steadily increasing over the past 10 years, with most solar powered lighting units installed in areas off the main routes and along pedestrian routes.

With the rise in energy costs unlikely to diminish, there has never been a better time to consider using renewable energy as the main source of highway infrastructure power. The presentation looks at the ways this could be achieved using the current technology and addresses how the industry can adapt to the way the highway use is changing, to benefit from renewable energy.

For engineers and asset managers, this session will be valuable for those contemplating alternatives to grid electricity.

Stars, Seahorses and Sacred Geese – The Value of Ecological Assessments in Lighting Design

Chloe Salvi BA Hons, MA, Lighting Designer at LightIQ

It is no secret that inappropriate Artificial Lighting at Night (ALAN) has been affecting the natural cycle of light and dark, disrupting the balance of the planet’s ecosystems: threatening the existence of natural patterns of wildlife, disturbing our sleep and obscuring the stars at night and our connection to the planet.

In this presentation Chloe will look at planet-centric projects that consider humans as part of a wider ecosystem rather than at the centre of it. She will discuss how, by creating sustainable, low impact, planet-oriented lighting solutions, we can also create more inspiring spaces of interdependence and magic that can enrich our mental and emotional wellbeing.

Policy makers, street and public realm lighting professionals working in outdoor lighting will find this informative talk helps them to ensure their approach provides a way of lighting that is respectful of the surrounding environment and that values the interdependence of species. This knowledge can help safeguard the integrity of your project against inappropriate ‘value engineering’ decisions.

Fighting for funding

Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)

Paul will be looking at the environment in which highways and street lighting services are operating; the significant challenges they face now and in future; how the public perceive these services; and what priorities they think Government should spend money on locally and nationally. His views will be based on evidence from APSE’s annual state of the market surveys with its local authority membership, its annual public opinion polling work undertaken with Survation and his extensive knowledge of a broad range of public services.

The perfect CPD session for highways and street lighting professionals who are aiming for excellence.

From Circular Economy to Net Zero

Bob Bohannon MSC FSLL MIET, Head of Policy and Academy at Lighting Industry Association (The LIA)

Bob Bohannon from the LIA and CIBSE will be talking about their work in creating the award winning TM66 Creating a Circular Economy in the Lighting Industry, and its pioneering Circular Economy Assessment Method (CEAM). He will also be describing the Circular Economy Assured Scheme – the official scheme programme designed by the TM66 team to provide a quality mark to ensure credibility, objectivity and consistency in green claims.  Bob will explain how Circular Economy fits into the wider context of net zero, before ending with some motivational thoughts on what we as an industry need to do in terms of sustainability.

Vital for all lighting asset managers, designers and specifiers to ensure government policies for sustainability and carbon reduction lie at the heart of everything we do.

Bats and lighting: current best practice and the Guidance Note update

Jo Ferguson BSc MCIEEM, Built Environment Manager for the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT)

Jo will outline and update us on the potential impacts of artificial lighting on the UK’s protected bat species, including an overview of the current ILP and BCT best practice guidance note published in 2018 to tackle these impacts. Jo will then go on to discuss the recent update work to the guidance note, with a first introduction to some of the key changes and detail of timescales for its publication.

Suitable for everyone who works (or is likely to) in an area that may include a bat habitat. Discover the range of professionals you will collaborate with and where to get the latest knowledge and best practice.

Digital media displays… The worst light polluters?

Allan Howard BEng(Hons) CEng FILP FSLL, WSP

Digital media displays have developed from small scale fixed illuminated signage to enormous multimedia video imaging. Planning requirements have failed to understand the additional environmental, human, and safety consequences of these. Allan will report on CIE and ILP’s work and revision of ILP document PLG05 Brightness of illuminated advertisements including digital media displays.

The presentation will cover how factors such as screen brightness by day (as well as night) needs consideration, how impact on skyglow can be mitigated, and how the types and format of the display matter – from fixed image through to stunning 3D video imagery.

Planning and highway authorities must wake up to the challenges of these installations. As lighting professionals, we should be consulted on their location, intensity, content, and design. From this talk you will learn about the requirements and what controls can be applied, so you can make a positive contribution to the world around you.

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We are currently working on the Workshops and will release them when they have been finalised.

All welcome! The ILP conference will include two days of topical, relevant presentations from experts in several fields of lighting, combined with a programme of sponsored workshops.

Black tie dinner – the dinner will be held at a separate venue and close to Watershed where the CPD papers are to be held. The venue for the dinner is the Bristol Hotel on the evening of 21.06.22. For those wanting to book multiple tickets and be seated together, the tables hold 8 places.

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Professional Lighting Summit 2022

The Professional Lighting Summit is returning and is the must-attend event for any lighting professional.All welcome! The ILP conference will include two days of topical, relevant presentations from experts in […]

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£20.00 - £289.00
Watershed (daytime) & Bristol Hotel (evening of 21.06.22), Multiple locations
Bristol, England BS1 5TX United Kingdom
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Highlights from the Professional Lighting Summit 2019.

It’s great, particularly for new comers

By far the best CPD available and mixed with the exhibition and workshops makes for a really interesting event and a fantastic opportunity to mix with the best in the business.

The Summit is an ideal place to network with fellow professionals and indulge in copious amounts of CPD.

Thanks for putting on a great show at Newcastle, it was well attended and great to see the introduction of new things and new tech such as the VR experience! It was beneficial and very enjoyable.

Mark Kenyon

Ark Lighting

A lot of opportunities to learn and get involved

Excellent CPD, good exhibition and great for networking, what more could you ask for.

Value for money

We found that we built great connections with delegates that visited our stand when we exhibited our solar light product – solareye80.  For us, exhibiting with the Institution of Lighting Professionals has been a great return on our investment and we look forward to exhibiting at future events.

Lorna Fielding

Lakeside Group