New Lighting Conference for Electrical Contractors in New Orleans

NECA invites All Electrical Contractors and Distributors too attend the New Lighting Education Conference 9/17-20/05

May 2, 2005 - Bethesda - NECA raises the bar on educational opportunities for all electrical contractors with the launch of the new Conference on Lighting Education September 17 -20, 2005 in New Orleans. The first annual event will run concurrently with the NECA Convention and trade show. "This event is for all electrical contractors and NECA invites the industry to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity," said NECA CEO John Grau. "This Conference can teach contractors how to learn to turn lighting projects into more lighting profits." Recent industry research clearly identified the electrical contractor's specification power in the area of lamps, ballasts, fixtures, and controls in both new construction and in renovation/retrofit projects. NECA is assembling the finest roster of lighting industry experts to focus on specific contractor needs.

Mary Beth Gotti, Manager, of GE's Lighting Institute will present the Conference Keynote Address "Opportunities in the Lighting Market Today." Earl Print, recently retired Director Sales Development & Lighting Education for Lightolier, and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Board member, will talk on "Improvements in Lighting Systems Technologies: Lamps, Ballasts & Luminaires" and "The Cost of Light". Lithonia Lighting / Acuity Brands Vice President, Cheryl English will present "Lighting Codes Update" and "Neighborhood Friendly Outdoor Lighting". Ms. English is also the Vice Chairwoman of NEMA's Lighting Division. Randy Burkett, President of Randy Burkett Lighting Design, and former President of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) will present "Substitution: Value Engineering with Quality" and "Make More $$$ Up selling than Substituting". The Conference on Lighting Education will feature an eight -hour workshop on "Lighting Design Basics" led by Fred Oberkircher, of Texas Christian University's Center for Lighting Education, also an IESNA Board member. Mark Lien, Manager of Cooper's Lighting Center, the SOURCE, will present "The 5 Forces of Change in the Lighting Industry" which will include an energy crisis update, the globalization of lighting products, the effects of light on life forms, energy and environmental legislation, and radical new technologies. All these issues have a tremendous effect on how we conduct our business.

Lighting industry expert Craig DiLouie will lead a panel discussion among members of the Lighting Controls Association, a division of NEMA. They will discuss energy efficiency innovations in controls. Panel members include representatives from Lutron, Leviton, Advance Transformer, and Square D. Additional topics include; Lighting for Safety and Security; LED Lighting; Health Care Lighting, The Aging Eye, and more.

NECA will offer lighting technical workshops on the expanded exhibit show floor. Topics such as Best Practice for Installations, Residential, Commercial and Industrial which are joint NECA / IESNA developed documents; What's Happening in Compact Fluorescent Lamp Technology; and High -Intensity Discharge Update.

The Conference on Integrated Building Systems (formerly VDV Conference & Expo) will also take place concurrently with the NECA Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted Conference Hopper pass, which allows contractors to register for both events.

New Orleans is a truly unique American city. The Big Easy knows how to entertain visitors of every description. Visitors will find a festival of lights, Dixieland jazz, Cajun cooking, voodoo, lazy antebellum mansions framed in Spanish moss and world famous hospitality. The Conference will take place at the high -tech Ernest N. Morial Convention Center September 17 -20, 2005. Full details are available at . The conference cost is $300 and registration will open the beginning of June. For exhibit information, call Beth Ellis at 301 -215 -4507.


The National Electrical Contractors Association, founded in 1901, is the leading representative of a segment of the construction market comprised of over 70,000 electrical contracting firms. The industry employs over 650,000 electrical workers and produces an annual volume of over $95 billion. NECA includes 120 U.S. chapters in addition to others in countries around the world. The association sponsors the NECA Show, renowned as the industry's premiere event, which features cutting -edge technologies, highlights new trends, and provides courses to help contractors broaden their knowledge and skill. NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities. To learn more about the industry or NECA's services, please visit .

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