The trip began with the specifiers arriving in New York City, where dinner was planned giving everyone the opportunity to meet and mingle. The next day consisted of an exciting architectural tour of the city followed by some exploring and shopping. Participants were able see the sites and venture out individually.
Day three brought the plant tour of Lutron in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. A historical background of Lutron was presented. The highlight of the trip was when the participants were able to utilize actual project plans – with the assistance of the Lutron Executives - to specify Lutron solutions for their individual project challenges.
Some of the training topics the specifiers were presented with included; RadioRA2, Homeworks QS, Ecosystem, Shading Solutions, Ivalo Fixtures, How to Specify, Caseta Wireless, Sensors, Controlling LEDs, and Title 24 2016 Residential Updates to Code.
As one of the New York Trip attendees, lighting specifier Paul Schatz of Interior Design Imports was impressed with the experience and camaraderie of the trip. “I was honored to be a part of this skilled group of lighting & design specifiers” said Schatz, “Not only did I gain a much better understanding of Lutron products and how they can benefit my clients, but I was able to build relationships with other professionals in my field. Western Lighting & Energy treated us all like VIP’s and I’d jump at the chance to attend another specifier trip in the future.”
Western Lighting and Energy Controls was honored to partner with Digital Decora and plan this trip for the top specifiers. The list of attendees included: Jill Tilton - Model Home Source, Jose Mendez - Bassenian Lagoni, Brian George Muehlbauer - Studio 6 Architects, Rob James Williams - Studio 6 Architects, David Rance Johnson - David Rance Interiors, John Arnold Garcia - John Garcia, Christopher John Garacci - Garacci Interior Design, Steve Platt - Guy Dreier Designs, Laura Gregor - Guy Dreier Designs, Ken Vick - Lightopia, Sandrine Junodyust - Arsene Design, Wun Sze Li - Brion Jeannette Architecture, Martin Bard - Brion Jeannette Architecture, Slim Keskes - Sue Firestone Association, Alessandra Daniela Todd - Alessandra Todd Lighting Design, Jonathan Ma - Douglas Pancake Architects, Marni Duncan - Model Home Source, Jennifer Bolyn - EOS Architecture, Torrey Lynn Hager - EOS Architecture, Kate Lindquist - Wright Design, Brittany Teeter - Kevin Rugee Architect, Inc., Paul Sheldon Schatz - Interior Design Imports, Travis Nixon - Nixon Lighting Design, Mel De Leon - Ehrlich Architects, Jessica Cooper - Ehrlich Architects, Rick Salpietra Richard Selpietra Architect, Inc., Brian Darnell - Brian Darnell Interior Design, Nathan Irick - Ron Neal Lighting Design, James Garrett Neal - Ron Neal Lighting Design.