Get a Grip on Lighting

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Listen to gripping discussions about hot topics in the lighting industry by tuning into the Get a Grip on Lighting podcast series. Produced by Michael Colligan of Atlas Lighting and Greg Ehrich of Premier Lighting, the podcasts provide a unique forum for industry thought leaders.

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EPISODE LIST
Apr 12, 2021
Is LEDucation going forward? It sure is! Craig and Wendy tell us how in this time of Covid. The March virtual show was a success. Now they’re going live in New York in August. Is it 100% a go? As Craig says, “100% unsure!” But you know Craig and Wendy a…
Apr 8, 2021
Harun Mehmedinovic is an astrophotographer, speaker, documentary filmmaker and dark sky advocate. He finds his deepest connections to nature while looking up at night and is doing his best to spread the word and save it for everyone. In our conversation …
Apr 5, 2021
Edward Bartholomew - lighting designer, educator, advocate - is the owner of Bartholomew Lighting in Massachusetts. In this episode we talk about improving student scores, better worker productivity, reducing crime, fixing public utilities and of course, …
Mar 28, 2021
What do GU24s and email marketing have in common? Not much, but this week we have the inventor of the GU24, David Shiller on the line to discuss his current career in marketing and product development. Beyond online engagement, we also delve into policy…
Mar 24, 2021
Our dark sky series has spun off into Starving for Darkness, but that doesn't mean we won’t be checking in with Michael and Jane periodically to discuss what is going on with light pollution concerns. The movement for darker nights has been going on for …
Mar 22, 2021
Greg Galluccio is a 30 year veteran of the industry, with work experience at UL, Leviton, and MaxLite, and now he’s working as a consultant in product development and marketing at his own company, Lotevo. Lighting is now a commodity good and that means l…
Mar 17, 2021
Burt Grant is the owner of Metro Area Sales, lighting representatives in the New York Metro area, and a co-founder of LEDucation. Caroline Rinker is a Principal at O’Blaney Rinker Associates. Despite being competitors in the same market, Burt and Carolin…
Mar 10, 2021
Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association joins us to discuss his work and experiences in the association. Right now the IDA is working to grow beyond their roots in amateur astronomers in several directors. The group i…
Mar 8, 2021
Thomas Sauvageau of Sauvageau CFO, LLC is more than a bean counter, more than an income tax accountant, he’s here to help businesses be their best. Right now that means letting everyone know about the benefits you may qualify for. There are new small busi…
Mar 1, 2021
Wattsaver’s Steve Robinson returns to the show after two years to discuss some of the predictions he made at the time as well as how his business has been going lately. Back in episode 90 (https://getagriponlighting.com/episode-90-steve-robinson-lighting…
Feb 23, 2021
In Episode 169 (https://getagriponlighting.com/episode-169-it-might-it-might-not-al-uszynski) we discussed a number of predictions for the industry this year, Michael’s thoughts on Edward Bartholomew’s prediction drew a reaction from a few of our colleagu…
Feb 16, 2021
Jennifer Jaques of lighting application sciences and new IES membership director joins us to discuss her career. Starting off with her work in software tools the discussion goes through her and Michael’s views on education in this field as well as Greg’s …
Feb 12, 2021
After a successful run of special releases on Get a Grip on Lighting (https://getagriponlighting.com/) Jane Slade and Michael Colligan have launched a new podcast series about dark sky. Jane has been writing and speaking about the need for darkness in de…
Feb 8, 2021
David Nathaniel, CEO of Ascot Capital is here to talk about operating Stanpro, Lumentruss, Aimlite, Beghelli’s Canadian branch, and Gabriel Scott brands. He discusses what it means to keep up a diverse portfolio, his reputations for being hands-on and th…
Feb 5, 2021
Spencer Miles, President of Pacific Lamp and Supply in Seattle and immediate Past President of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors checks into the studio to see where things are at. We talked about distribution, a lot about UV, c…
Feb 1, 2021
Ellis Yan and Lesley Matt are here again to talk about business in 2021. Shipping costs are rising as shipping speeds are slowing for everyone, there’s really nothing to be done about it. Beyond the macro scale problems, we're noticing small-scale disrup…
Jan 28, 2021
Optician and author, Doctor Jacob Liberman joins Jane and Michael to discuss his thoughts on darkness in his work. He shares how he keeps darkness in his regular routine, his thoughts on dreams and where he thinks they fit into inspiration and understand…
Jan 25, 2021
The last time Lux Review’s editor, Ray Molony appeared we promised we’d have a beer with him when we met again. LuxLive might be cancelled, but we still did pour a round before starting to talk about business travel problems, the person-to-person value in…
Jan 17, 2021
Professor Mark Rea is getting ready to move from the Lighting Research Center to the Light and Health Research Center at Mt Sinai, but before that he joins us to discuss his latest report on UV disinfection products (read that here: https://www.lrc.rpi.ed…
Jan 11, 2021
Al Uszynski returns to the podcast to discuss the 11.5 Predictions for 2021 article that ran on his site, Inside.Lighting. Spinning off from those predictions we discussed: ● Dark skies ● Dynamic lighting in the workplace ● The speed of economic recovery…
Jan 7, 2021
Ron Gibbons is the director for the Center for Infrastructure-based Safety Systems and an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and here is to discuss his work and experience in the dark. As a Canadian, he grew up with outsize…
Jan 4, 2021
2020 was a hard one for all of us, but to help us to look at the future is The Edison Report’s Randy Reid is here to help us look into 2021. Beginning with his Director’s Notepad piece, we go discussed: ● Changes in business travel, the lack of networkin…
Dec 28, 2020
We welcome our first ever electrician on to the show, George Filtsos was there at the beginning of Daintree and has been working to push controls into more projects through all of the booms and busts in that field. We discussed how dimming is an unknown …
Dec 21, 2020
Gabe Arnold joins us from the Pacific Northwest National Labs after his recent work in DC lighting and PoE systems. But before we can that get to that we had to bring up his past at the DesignLights Consortium in the early days of the qualified products l…
Dec 17, 2020
It’s time to bring the question of design into this series. Nick Dunn has been trying to balance the question of people’s need for light and natural darkness as an ecological concern since he spent one sleepless night walking around Manchester. Discussin…
Dec 13, 2020
How do you keep a company running for 150 years? CN Robinson has been in distribution since before electric light bulbs existed, first in seeds and then ladders and other equipment. Executive VP and Director of Sales Peter Gray is here to explain how he …
Dec 10, 2020
Sibylle Schroer is an ecologist from IGB, and joined us to discuss the role the increasing amounts of light at night plays in the experience of human and non-human wildlife. We discussed citizen science and the need for multidisciplinary approaches in th…
Dec 6, 2020
This episode features the return of the UL's Adam Lilien and the introduction of the GSA’s Bryan Steverson as they discuss creating better workspaces with light. The GSA has partnered with the Lighting Research Center and the UL over the past five years …
Dec 3, 2020
The International Dark Sky Association’s Technical Director joined us to discuss the mechanics of dark sky-friendly projects. Start from tasks; most outdoor lighting is based on pathfinding, not offering reading lamps to the general public; while color te…
Nov 30, 2020
Aleddra’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Dr. Matthew Maa is here to talk about being different in the Disinfection technology business right now. He tells us what separates PECO tech from UV-based options. Aleddra uses PECO and UV-A and UV-C in different case…
Nov 26, 2020
In the second part of our special dark sky series we are joined by Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night and What if Night. Our discussion opened with our sense of safety - it’s easy to think that more light makes us safer, but glare makes it harder to …
Nov 23, 2020
Christina Calaway of Spark Media is a real old school lighting dork, which means our conversation begins with pulsed-start metal halides and other semi-forgotten lamp and fixture features. Before this turns into another scrub session, we transition to her…
Nov 19, 2020
The IDA and NAILD have not only signed a memorandum of joint understanding, but will be working together for the next five years on joint efforts for darker, better nights. LS Evolve will have a module on the technical aspects and best practices of dark s…
Nov 16, 2020
Alp Durmus is a Lighting scientist and assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State. He came on the show to discuss his research in optimization of lamp color; reducing light use by aiming for the most reflectivity of the object you’re l…
Nov 9, 2020
Dr Jacob Liberman is here to explain the nature of light and consciousness to Michael and Greg. He starts with the idea that seeing is more than just vision before explaining his background overcoming his astigmatism, his work as an optometrist, and growt…
Nov 2, 2020
Nigel Harvey is the Chief Executive at Recolight, a lamp recycler in the UK. We wanted to know how effective extended producer responsibility programs really are and whether or not they’ve hit a limit on the number of compliant operators. We weigh the pro…
Oct 25, 2020
Adrià Huguet-Ferran is CTO of Kumux, a software company that allows you to optimize almost any LED lightsource for color-tuning. The goal is for more human-centric or circadian-friendly systems, but Michael and Greg think his company’s process needs to be…
Oct 18, 2020
Tom Boyle, of GE Current, a Daintree Company joins Michael and Greg for this week’s episode. After clarifying what a Chief Technical Officer is responsible for, he shares his perspective on twenty years of change in the lighting industry, and Daintree’s …
Oct 11, 2020
Human-centric light is a selfish idea. Jane Slade is an expert in how anthropogenic light at night is harming all wildlife to some degree. In this rebroadcast of our live stream from last year’s IES Annual Conference she shares her work with Michael and G…
Oct 5, 2020
Bryan Colligan founded Atlas Lighting in his basement in 1977, it didn’t leave that basement until 1999 when host Michael joined the company. Greg takes the lead asking questions about forty years worth of changes to the lighting industry, founding his o…
Sep 28, 2020
This week we have a crossover episode with Sam Koerbel of Lytei. Before he was an architectural engineer he was a mascot for his college football team, and that sense of building character and expressing enthusiasm is what drives his podcasts and video se…
Sep 20, 2020
Tom Ciurczak, industry veteran and president of BLC America has dropped an album. He’s been a singer and songwriter his whole life, and his daughter nudged him to actually releasing an album. Call me Ishmael is a mix of work from his whole life showcasing…
Sep 14, 2020
Ellis Yan is back to finish telling the story of his career, starting back in 1979 as the Chinese government begins to emphasize quality of life for its citizens Ellis was in school to become an accountant and working in a computer lab (this was in the pu…
Sep 7, 2020
Last week Michael tested positive for COVID-19, Spencer Miles has had employees come up positive, and Greg’s been lucky so far. We’ve spoken about doing business during the lockdown, but now we can speak to more immediate damage control experiences. Spen…
Aug 31, 2020
This week, we reversed roles and let our guest ask us questions. New lighting and energy consultant, Ryan Krueger, has a list of questions for us. Listen in to find out: ● What makes distribution unique ● How we learned all this before starting the pod…
Aug 24, 2020
“The current pandemic has created a tipping point for networked controls in lighting.” That’s what Peter Brown sent us in an email earlier this month, rather than reply we got him on the line to talk this out for the show. Our assumptions about lighting …
Aug 17, 2020
Ellis Yan returns to continue his life story for us. Picking back up on the farm in the mountains, he shares how the experience built up his resilience and made him more open to new experiences, but the plot takes a small turn when his family living in th…
Aug 10, 2020
Bernie Erickson of Facilities Solutions Group is in the middle of expanding his company's offerings in UV disinfection options, so we had to ask him on the show to share what he’s been working on. He breaks down the differences between surface and air di…
Aug 3, 2020
Al Uszynski returns as a podcast guest to speak about his perspective on and his personal history in the lighting industry. Launching Inside.Lighting to keep track of rep agencies, but ended up writing news to keep the site relevant. Once agents are up f…
Jul 27, 2020
The LRC has put together a very cool web-based tool for designing a space for healthier living (https://www.lrc.rpi.edu/healthyliving/), after playing around with it ourselves, we asked the minds behind it for an interview. Allison Thayer and Dr. Mariana…
Jul 20, 2020
We’ve always known that Ellis Yan has a story to tell. We take a break from lighting technology and delve into history, as Ellis explains his life under The Cultural Revolution under Mao. It starts with the day he was sent to school without lessons, moves…
Jul 13, 2020
Henrik Clausen has thirty years of experience as an electrical engineer, educator, and a consultant. And when he wrote for LED Professional calling for brighter, more personalized light at work (read it here: https://www.led-professional.com/resources-1/a…
Jul 6, 2020
Al Uszynski has trained salespeople at the university level and he joined us to share his insights on selling right now. He shares some adaptations to current restrictions as well as creative ideas for selling online that will be even more useful when w…
Jun 30, 2020
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is moving past energy efficiency research and into researching better life indoors. One of their projects was looking into ‘realistic’ lighting in an Neonatal ICU. Andrea Wilkerson, senior lighting researcher, sha…
Jun 25, 2020
Kevin Poyck just had his legs under him as CEO and President of Signify’s Americas Market Group when the outbreak threw his business into chaos. He shares his thoughts on virtual offices, managing at a distance, and the shape of post-pandemic normalcy. Wh…
Jun 22, 2020
Ray Molony edits Lux Review, and in one month into lockdown he wrote what he considered to be the eight effects the lighting sector will see coming out of the current health crisis. Read that here: https://www.luxreview.com/2020/04/14/8-effects-of-the-cr…
Jun 15, 2020
Signify’s Robert Lee returns to the show to elaborate on an article he wrote for LEDs Magazine on what SSL lighting will look like in 2030 - you can read it here: https://www.ledsmagazine.com/smart-lighting-iot/article/14168528/picture-the-future-of-ssl-…
Jun 8, 2020
Jim Colantoni starts our conversation with him explaining the background of his company and how they’re working to create lighting tools for health and wellness. We get into the background and particulars of UVC technologies. Michael and Greg delve into d…
Jun 1, 2020
The King of Lighting, Ellis Yan, returns to the main series and he brought Lesley Matt, Senior VP of Sales at TCP Along with him. They share their current virtual lunch and learn series, and the company’s own rebate and incentive program before diving int…
May 25, 2020
We’re taking a short break from our usual lighting dork topics this week to chat with Tyler Gildin about his documentary The Starfish, which profiles his grandfather’s journey from Nazi Germany to Sweden, across the USSR, and over the pacific ocean to reu…
May 18, 2020
Tom Beckett and some colleagues in his side of lighting spent three years setting up an ANSI certification for flashlights, and once they were done they turned that team into the Portable Lights American Trade Organization to maintain standards across sev…
May 11, 2020
In April, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Dark Sky Association released a joint statement on the five practices to best confront light pollution. We’re here to speak with IDA’s Ruskin Hartley and the IES’ Brian Liebel about that…
May 4, 2020
4-time guest Mark Lien returns to act as the lighting industry’s very own futurist. We discussed the ease of charting the direction of change as opposed to predicting its pace, the marking of epochs, where our particular businesses stand at the moment, li…
Apr 27, 2020
Westlite’s Brenda Puckett knows that there’s no constant in our industry but change, and that if you can’t be an agent for change your company won’t thrive. We joined her at her office earlier this year to chat about doing more than selling bulbs to peop…
Apr 20, 2020
We’ve noticed a spike in requests for UV lamps and fixtures recently and aside from reading the side of the box over the phone, we don’t have a clue what to tell anyone. Fortunately, Karl Platzer and Fred van Lierop of UV Lamp Consulting were kind enough …
Apr 13, 2020
Keeping this one short and sweet this week. Michael and Greg share stories about selling while under quarantine orders. It’s a surprisingly good time to upgrade systems or relamp a facility. Get on the phone and let people know you’re essential and that y…
Apr 10, 2020
Light Efficient Design's CEO Tim Taylor is our guest today. He talks about starting his company, his current supply chain issues, and his ideas about lobbying the US Congress for lighting infrastructure projects as a form of economic stimulus.
Apr 7, 2020
Sociobioligist, futurist, and author of The Watchman's Rattle and On The Verge, Rebecca Costa is here to help us take a big step back to view the pandemic's effects on not just our jobs, but society. She and Michael delve into questions of leadership, co…
Apr 6, 2020
38 years ago, Steve Byrne started working in the warehouse of American Light. After a name change and a few promotions he’s the COO of Facility Solutions Group. He invited us to his offices to share his experiences and insights into the industry. He’s se…
Apr 3, 2020
Jon Sayah came prepared for this one. We spoke about the reduction in the scope of short-term planning, the new shift schedules at Saylite's production facilities, and boxing metaphors.
Apr 2, 2020
Mark Verheyen; President of Panasonic Lighting Americas, President and CEO of Universal Lighting Technologies, as well as President and CEO of Douglas Lighting Controls is our guest for this installment of our leadership under Covid-19 pandemic to discuss…
Apr 1, 2020
Jonathan Palmersten, CEO of Gripple shares his experiences in local manufacturing, revenue loss in an employee-owned company, and hanging plexiglass barriers for food service and grocery staff.
Mar 31, 2020
Peter Brown joins in on a roundtable discussion of best, worst and likely short-term scenarios as governmental response to this pandemic escalate.
Mar 29, 2020
Frank Guastella, Director of Operations at Revco Lighting invited us into his showroom to talk about working with residential clients. He gets an interesting mix of homeowners and contractors walking through his showroom every day. And what we learned is …
Mar 27, 2020
Margaret Wong, Founder and CEO of McWong International has more experience working with Chinese manufacturers than anyone else, this series wouldn’t be complete without her take on this situation. She shares her insights into the current state of the supp…
Mar 26, 2020
Ira Greenberg, CEO of Keystone Technologies joins our series of industry leaders as they respond to the corona virus outbreak and its effects on manufacturing and distribution. Beyond his work with Keystone's Virus Task Force he shares his thoughts on cor…
Mar 25, 2020
This series of special releases is about profiling the leadership that is emerging in the face of this pandemic. In this episode the King of lighting and CEO of TCP, Ellis Yan rejoins us to share his experiences and thoughts from when it began to affect …
Mar 24, 2020
A Special Release from Get a Grip on Lighting, we'll be sharing our thoughts on how COVID-19 is affecting our industry as the situation develops. Today, we grabbed Fulham's Antony Corrie for his perspective on working in the current situation. Brought …
Mar 23, 2020
A Special Release from Get a Grip on Lighting, we'll be sharing our thoughts on how COVID-19 is affecting our industry as the situation develops. Today, we're talking about where lighting distributors fit into the 'essential services' label.
Mar 23, 2020
Sunset Lighting has been in the business for thirty years. And it’s current VP of operations and this week’s guest, Kyle Landig has been working there since he was in high school. Our friendly banter passes through working specifically in retail spaces -…
Mar 16, 2020
When is a clock not a clock? When it’s acting as an analog display for network time. Mark Higgason of Encompass AV is on the show to discuss how changes in Power over Ethernet regulation is opening up more applications in this section of the Internet of …
Mar 9, 2020
A rare four person episode this week as we are joined by Sanjeev Thakkar and Steve Holman of Xeleum, an Eiko Company. We discuss their XiFi protocol, the functions it offers, and how interoperable their products are with other systems. After that we step …
Mar 2, 2020
Our excursion into augmented reality and biophilic design with Cree Lighting’s Kory Liszt. He’s an inventor and the designer of the Cadient luminaire, because we can’t get this piece of hardware out of our heads. Our conversation with Kory starts with bri…
Feb 24, 2020
This week we’re taking circadian research from the conference hall to the order desk with Cree Lighting’s Shirley Coyle. We chat about WELL building standards, better ways to light interiors, preferences getting in the way of doing people good, and moving…
Feb 17, 2020
This week we sit down with Brian Brandes, Senior VP of Product Development at Satco and this episode really is about the nuts and bolts of his job. We talk about end-to-end projects, market research, the creation of Nuvo, fashion in luminaires, the long-t…
Feb 10, 2020
CBC Lighting’s Abraham Schnitzler visited Michael in-studio to talk about some good old fashioned lighting distribution. We get into the legacy marketplace, driver availability, California standards, trade wars, and municipal retrofits. Abraham, Greg, and…
Feb 2, 2020
Wishing a warm welcome back and a heartfelt congratulations to Spencer and John; the first for returning to the show as guests, the second for gaining ownership of Pacific Lamp and Supply. In this chat we dig into how job title changes aren’t really chang…
Jan 30, 2020
This time around we have a quick bonus episode with Randy Reid, editor of The Edison Report and executive director of The National Lighting Bureau to discuss the upcoming NAILD Convention’s recently announced itinerary, the first ever Tesla Awards, and th…
Jan 27, 2020
J Marshall Hunt is a man with a plan plan to reach contractors by being better than the ‘big guys.’ But in order to prove that fact, he has to be on their radar. J explains a few of his secrets in segmented marketing and narrowly targeted web campaigns, p…
Jan 20, 2020
After a tour of Satco’s warehouse we have concluded that they have everything. No really, everything a lighting dork could ask for is one of their many shelves. Beyond offering a tour, Bill Gildin did join us for a recording session to talk about the hi…
Jan 12, 2020
Christopher Preston is an environmental philosopher and author, we found him when an excerpt from his book The Synthetic Age about how animals are evolving to use the growing levels of electric light present at night, we had to get him on the show. We ge…
Jan 6, 2020
Margaret Wong got started in the business 36 years ago with a single extension cord. She got that Chinese-made cord listed by UL, a first in the field, and the rest is history. This episode features discussions of Hong Kong then and now, doing missionary…
Dec 30, 2019
From the floor of Horticann in Denver, we met up with Rebate Guru, Juan Carlos Blacker to talk about lighting in horticulture space. The space is very different from the rest of the field because light isn’t a tool for sight it’s a means of production; wh…
Dec 23, 2019
The showroom at City Lights in San Francisco has changed a fair bit over the last decade - the shelf space for replacement bulbs has steadily shrunk, while the number of fixtures on display has grown by leaps and bounds. There’s a lot of tradeoffs between…
Dec 16, 2019
2019 was a great year for us. We have learned so much and met so many interesting people from all corners of our industry. We’re just going to take a few minutes to reflect on all that. Thank you for watching, listening, leaving comments, writing emails, …
Dec 8, 2019
California is leading the way, not only as an economic powerhouse, but for energy regulations as well. In our Discussion with MJ Paul at Omega Pacific we got into the end of rebates, how to get out of electrical supply by focusing on lighting distribution…
Dec 2, 2019
The fact of the matter is that controls aren’t guaranteed to generate savings. There’s a number of reasons for this; the space is always occupied, the control mechanisms themselves draw too much energy, or people who might flip a switch end up letting the…
Nov 25, 2019
Brian Stern and Webb Lawrence of the LED Supply Co in Denver came to lighting after working in IT and radio respectively. They jumped in by dealing in to the local cannabis market, before abandoning that space outright for the opportunities of ‘regular’ r…
Nov 17, 2019
Eric Myklebust believes each building can be its own power grid. When asked why that might be necessary he will not cop to believing in the end of days that is the climate crisis. Talking about the facts of the matter, as opposed to projections; we can sa…
Nov 11, 2019
Neil Mattson, PhD, is a professor at Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science, a greenhouse extension specialist, and this episode’s guest. Joining Michael and Greg from the floor of HortiCann in Denver, we start our chat with the cyclical attempts L…
Nov 4, 2019
This week’s guest thinks what we do is too simple, nevermind the two years and a hundred podcast episodes, Mark Marmer does his work in design and build contracts for electric vehicle charging stations for condominiums. Our chat with him talks about the …
Oct 27, 2019
Jessica Collier of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is fresh off her award-winning thesis and right onto the Get a Grip on Lighting Podcast to share her work in color preference under electric light. She’s building up a library of descriptive tag…
Oct 21, 2019
On the floor of Nalmco’s Convention in Minneapolis we met up with two of its directors, Bill Sgro and Scott Mendelsohn, to talk about the generational aspect of our industry and the value of networking at conventions like these. We also get into the incen…
Oct 14, 2019
Stan Walerczyk has done everything in the lighting business, but today he’s here to talk about the color blue. Specifically, he wants to talk about the 480 nanometer wavelength and how it figures into spectrally-enhanced, blue-enriched lighting for human …
Oct 7, 2019
The Nefouses of A-M Electric represent 45 years and 3 generations in the business. Michael and Greg met up with The Louisville Light Man and the Godfather of NAILD in their shop to talk about the pace of the LED Invasion, the value of distribution, peacef…
Sep 30, 2019
Satco has been moving in a number of directions lately, pressing beyond lamps into bulbs and electronics. Another move is sending VP of Sales, Alan Karen, to Toronto to join Michael in-studio for this episode all about the necessary moves the best lightin…
Sep 23, 2019
Our guest on this episode, Brilled Lighting’s Joseph Cullumber, got into manufacturing backwards. He ran an automation company and got frustrated with finding existing fixtures that met his needs, so he bought a factory to make what he wanted. In this co…
Sep 16, 2019
We have reached 100 regular episodes of this little series. Thanks to everyone that helped along the way; especially to you for listening, watching, commenting, and sharing all this time. This episode we’re throwing ourselves a little party in the form …
Sep 9, 2019
Orro is not an occupancy sensor, it’s a presence sensor. Colin Billings left his previous work in the new media industry in favor of founding Orro after a series of frustrations with connected lighting at home. An Orro switch uses algorithmic learning to …
Sep 3, 2019
Simon Slupik, co-founder and CTO of Silvair, wants us all to live in the future with the power of low-energy Bluetooth. However, 90 percent of lighting controls are still analogue - switches and dials - this episode starts with a discussion as to why that…
Aug 26, 2019
Have we filled our workplaces with photonic deathray diodes? Have we turned our homes into caves? Maybe a little. Scott Zimmerman is an engineer who partners with health researchers and other scientists to model the effects near-infrared light not just…
Aug 19, 2019
Exciting times at this year’s IES Annual Conference in Louisville. Michael and Greg met a lot of people, learned the power of the IES’ volunteer team, learned a lot, and did a lot of live streaming, and the material was too good to not make sure it was al…
Aug 12, 2019
Doctor John Davenport returns to the podcast, and while his work on eliminating flicker has succeeded beyond our current capacity to measure, there are other facets of human health he’s trying to improve upon, namely safety lighting. Retrofits on tubes of…
Aug 5, 2019
The lighting industry is going through drastic changes, but they are predictable changes. In today's episode we talked with Peter Brown about where the lighting industry is at and what’s most likely coming in the future. Time to go back to the future.
Jul 29, 2019
Founder of The Startup Within, Steve Epner helps companies ignite their entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to working with distributors from a variety of industries (including lighting) he also teaches Corporate Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University…
Jul 22, 2019
Randy Breske is a “retired” lighting industry veteran and is now spending his time as an ambassador for NALMCO (the interNational Association of Lighting Management). We had the pleasure of talking with Randy at the NAILD convention and discussed the ligh…
Jul 15, 2019
With all of the discussion and focus on the health effects on lighting, Ute Besenecker, Technical Manager of the DLC, finally summed up the proper way to define them. The current health benefits of lighting are more like supplements than medication. Their…
Jul 8, 2019
There is nothing better than talking to someone who does what you do on a daily basis and sharing ideas. Steve Robinson of Wattsaver Lighting Products has been a constant presence in the lighting distribution channel for over 30 years. Someone both hosts …
Jul 1, 2019
We use the word “save” way too much in the lighting industry and should consider the word waste instead. Mark Jewell is on another level when it comes to proposing an energy saving project. As an author, trainer and practitioner Mark has a way of gettin…
Jun 26, 2019
Futurist, author, and lecturer David Passig met up with Michael and Greg at the second Global LiFi Congress, June 2019, to follow up on his talk; The Prospect of the Future on LiFi Technology. Artificial intelligence will exceed a person in 2040, and will…
Jun 23, 2019
Anytime you have someone from the IES on the show you can be assured that you will learn something valuable about the industry from the top. As The Lighting Authority, the IES is committed to bettering the lighting industry by ensuring that quality light…
Jun 21, 2019
Dr. Maïté Brandt-Pearce of the University of Virginia met with Michael and Greg at the second Global LiFi Congress, June 2019, to really get into the nuts and bolts of LiFi. What followed was a rapid Q and A session about fixtures, latency, dimming, how s…
Jun 19, 2019
Harald Haas coined the phrase “LiFi” in 2011, and now he’s telling us it’s ready to enter version 2.0. He joins the Get a Grip on Lighting Podcast from the floor of the second Global LiFi Congress, June 2019, to catch us up on the history and development …
Jun 17, 2019
Hubbell runs an education facility bigger than Greg’s warehouse, for one reason: training is more important than ever in the lighting industry. Clayton Smith their director of business development sat down with Michael and Greg at LightFair International …
Jun 9, 2019
Brian Vaughn and Tim Miller of Current by GE joined us from the floor at Lightfair to convince Michael and Greg that the phrase “futureproof” might be a useful term when discussing connected lighting. Though, even they admit that “upgradeable” might be th…
Jun 3, 2019
When we know Randy is in the same location as us we always plan to have a discussion with him and sometimes record it. After hearing an excellent presentation from Randy at the NAILD convention we sat down to discuss more about what the National Lighting …
May 29, 2019
Michael Davidson and Jamie Britnell are both Directors at Synapse Wireless and they joined Michael and Greg from the floor of LightFair International 2019 to share their thoughts and knowledge on connected lighting; the unofficial theme of LightFair and (…
May 28, 2019
If the field of lighting were to have one person as the professor of the industry, Jim Benya would be it. Scholarly, articulate and uninhibited; when you talk to Jim about lighting you are in for a true learning experience. He is on too many committees, …
May 24, 2019
David Gershaw is the Chief Innovation Officer at Light Efficient Design, and he joined Greg and Mike from his booth at Lightfair International. While LED’s story of Solar-powered exterior lighting is told from the show Philadelphia it starts in Africa si…
May 23, 2019
Aurelien David is the chief scientist for technology and R&D in LEDs and semiconductor optoelectronics at Soraa — a company founded by the inventor of the LED — and he was kind enough to appear on the Get a Grip on Lighting Podcast from the NAILD booth at…
May 22, 2019
Ellis Yan, founder and CEO of TCP International Holdings, Inc. returns to the Get a Grip on Lighting podcast with more of his expertise to share. In this quick interview from the scene of Lightfair International in Philadelphia hits on international tari…
May 20, 2019
No one likes to get punched in the eye, but according to Dr. Nisa Khan that’s what certain LED lights are doing to us right now. According to her “lighting dropped science a long time ago.” LED lighting is unlike any other light source we have dealt with…
May 13, 2019
In true form to the lighting industry, the UL is adapting and is now leading the charge to publishing a recommended best practice for circadian lighting. Typically known for their stamp of approval, they might not seem like the organization primed to do …
May 6, 2019
Flicker in lighting continues to be a hot topic and it’s not often you can sit down and record a conversation with royalty so take the time to listen to this one. We met with Naomi Miller Lighting Designer/Senior Scientist at the Pacific Northwest Nationa…
Apr 29, 2019
In this episode we discussed the ABC’s of LED tubes- diving into Type A, Type B, Type C and combo. Gino Marella from Current, Powered by GE gave us the run down on where are we at today and what the future looks like for the most popular commercial lamp …
Apr 22, 2019
It’s inevitable that every business will be upgrading their lighting to LED at some point in the future if they haven’t already. Now is the time to get in the door and make your pitch. If you don’t someone else will. There are many ways to get in the door…
Apr 15, 2019
As one of the most influential organizations in the lighting industry, the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) is leading the charge in ensuring the right lighting is being implemented in the field. Now they are wading in to the next phase of the LED lighting …
Apr 8, 2019
We always love it when the guest makes a statement that is a no-brainer for the title of the show, and Melissa Stickford did just that a few minutes in. Lighting is a superpower and is not something to take lightly (no pun intended). Lighting affects ever…
Apr 1, 2019
When upgrading a facility to LED lighting, how often do you run into miniature incandescent and halogen lamps that you ignore? Miniature lamps are found all over the place and it’s time to stop ignoring them. Embrace them and better yet seek them out on y…
Mar 25, 2019
The episode number (68) not only tells you how many episodes we have done, but it also indicates how long Bill Warren has been in lighting! When a guest on the show has been in lighting two times longer than the host and co-host combined you turn the show…
Mar 18, 2019
By everything we mean all lighting can be LED. Whether it all should be is a discussion for another time. In this episode we talk with Dan Jenkins from Current, Powered by GE about the differences between LED lamps, Retrofit Kits and Fixtures. Almost all …
Mar 11, 2019
Anytime there’s a hole in the ceiling with a light fixture in place and you want to mess with it, make sure you understand what you are getting into. In addition to learning that Canadians call recessed can lights “pot lights”, in this deep dive you will…
Mar 4, 2019
Highbays, Lowbays who cares what you call them just make them LED! We invited Jason Hendren of ILP to dive into the deep end of highbay lighting with us. We discuss everything you need to consider when you are looking at highbay lighting to come out of th…
Feb 25, 2019
It’s time to take another deep dive! In this episode we discussed everything you need to take into consideration when you are looking to upgrade an exterior light fixture. There are many different types of exterior fixtures, but you can use the guidelines…
Feb 18, 2019
Connected lighting is a term used loosely in the lighting industry. It can mean a variety of things, but what should it mean? In today’s podcast, we talked with Robert Lee and Sree Venkit of Signify about the future of connected lighting. Where is it head…
Feb 11, 2019
There is one lighting application found all over the world that has a legitimate case for “connected” LED lighting - Sports Fields. On today’s show we talk to Shahil Amin of Hylite LED about the ins and outs of lighting sports fields, a majority of which …
Feb 5, 2019
We talk all the time about lamps, ballasts, drivers, bulbs, fixtures, sockets, but we often neglect one of the most important components of a quality light fixture – the lens or diffuser. Diffusers come in all shapes and sizes and have a dramatic effect o…
Jan 28, 2019
In today’s episode of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Mike and Greg share tips and the complete checklist you should follow when you’re deciding whether to replace or retrofit your troffers to LED. LED lighting offers greater lighting performance and …
Jan 21, 2019
In this episode of Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Greg and Michael acknowledge and call out ALL the biases that happen in the lighting industry. This is an excellent reminder for leaders, business owners, and influencers in the field, especially now that…
Jan 14, 2019
What’s coming next for the lighting industry? Our guest, Randy Reid from Edison Report, is confident that it’s going to be LiFi. With just light, which can be found almost everywhere, people are able to connect with wireless data. It’s quick, convenient,…
Jan 7, 2019
Lighting geeks and lighting nerds, are you ready to hear from the expert? In this episode of Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Greg and Michael talk to Ellis Yan, the founder and CEO of TCP International Holdings Ltd. to speak about the current development…
Dec 17, 2018
There’s still so much to know on how to retrofit your lighting so let’s not waste time and start watching the second part of the How Would Your Retrofit That? Special of Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast. And, if you’ve missed the first part (Episode #54), m…
Dec 10, 2018
It isn’t solely about illumination now. The lighting industry is gradually integrating new techs and going beyond its initial standard functions. So, how are the companies keeping up? Today on the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Michael and Greg talk to …
Dec 3, 2018
When you’re about to do upgrades or retrofits, knowing the specifications of a lighting fixture is just the start. So, what are other things to consider when retrofitting? In this episode of Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Michael and Greg share their in…
Nov 26, 2018
In this episode of the show, Michael sits down with Wes, a self-proclaimed LED Tinkerer. Wes wandered into Michael's store in Toronto, Canada, and asked to speak to the owner. Michael, seizing the opportunity to create content, threw Wes into the studio a…
Nov 19, 2018
Today on the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Michael and Greg walk down the memory lane of the lighting, design, and tech industry! Discover what changed and what stayed throughout the years. We focus on the evolving applications, technicalities, & demo…
Nov 12, 2018
Energy Efficiency is the answer to sustainability in the future. And if you’re about to make the shift, make sure you know what’s the best utility incentive programs for you. In this episode of Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Michael and Greg chat with …
Nov 5, 2018
It’s the 50th episode of the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast and so far, it has been amazing! Let’s celebrate today by making it fun and laid back. Michael and Greg chat with some of their buddies from NAILD over a couple of beers talking about anything un…
Oct 29, 2018
Don’t just settle on flipping those lighting textbooks. Be more impactful in the lighting industry by learning and collaborating more with lighting professionals, mentors, influencers, and peers. This episode of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast might g…
Oct 22, 2018
It was just 5 years ago when LED tubes were introduced and since then many commercial spaces have switched to LED tubes due to it's energy efficiency and environmental impact. However, in this short amount of time a lot of changes in LED tubes occurred. …
Oct 15, 2018
Today, we draw a fine line between the facts and myths of lighting’s effect on our behavior and health. It’s time to tell the consumers what’s true and what’s not. Joining Michael and Greg in this episode of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast is Dr. Jenn…
Oct 8, 2018
With the threat of tariffs on importing Chinese goods, it looks like the lighting industry will be really shaken up. But is this kind of disturbance good or bad? What does it bring to U.S. lighting companies? How does it affect the consumer? Today, we di…
Oct 1, 2018
In this episode of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Michael and Greg talk to Brenda Puckett, the President of West-Lite Supply Co., Inc., to highlight women’s value in the lighting industry. As statistics show, executive and team roles are still filled…
Sep 24, 2018
Amazon is affecting every business to some degree and is a threat to the lighting industry. Anytime you are dealing with a threat you need to come up with a plan to act on it. In this episode we talked with Mike Connors the CEO of bulbs.com regarding Amaz…
Sep 17, 2018
One of the most time-consuming tasks of any company doing lighting retrofits is the audit and analysis process of the existing lighting. Everyone has their own system for doing this and often times the reason they do it a certain way is because that’s how…
Sep 10, 2018
In this episode we hopped on the Rebate Bus with Joe Pater and discussed the importance of utility rebates to the lighting industry. We took a wild ride discussing everything rebate related. Like the movie Speed, we must keep the rebate bus going at a cer…
Sep 3, 2018
Remember 2013? Thinking hmm, should I start selling my customers LED lighting? Remember all those charts and predictions that no one thought possible? 80% adoption by 2020 and so on? Well get out of your time machine and look at the predictions and projec…
Aug 27, 2018
We hear a lot about healthy lighting and the potential effects it can have on people, but until we talked to Clifford J. Yahnke, Ph.D, Director, Clinical Affairs at Indigo-Clean we weren’t convinced. After this discussion we feel there is finally a true “…
Aug 20, 2018
No it’s not Bill Hurd, although he would be tough to beat in any competition. A 30+ year lighting industry veteran, Bill has done it all. He has worked for a manufacturer, owned a lighting distributorship and is now working with National Accounts for Bord…
Aug 14, 2018
The lighting industry is a candidate’s market so there are a lot of lighting companies battling for talent. We had a great discussion with Paul Pompeo who is the President of the Pompeo Group an executive recruiting firm focused on the lighting industry. …
Aug 6, 2018
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. As Concept Lead for Light at International WELL Building Institute, Gayathri Unnikrishnan focuses o…
Jul 30, 2018
Rest up Paul. You will be missed.
Jul 23, 2018
Carol McGlogan is the President & CEO of Electro-Federation Canada and has had an impressive career in lighting. As we all know the lighting industry has changed dramatically and continues to, but not just on the technological side. Historically dominate…
Jul 16, 2018
How many lighting companies have someone on staff with the title Chief Scientist? John Davenport is the Chief Scientist at Energy Focus and is a recognized global expert in light source physics and product technology. He has been at it for years starting …
Jul 9, 2018
What does Sci Fi and Lighting have in common - Craig Dilouie. Actually, the way lighting is going it sometimes feels like it’s more science fiction then science. In addition to writing novels, Craig Dilouie is a renowned educator, journalist, and marketin…
Jul 2, 2018
There are 1.2 billion people in the world without lighting. Dr Venkat Venkataramanan and his team from the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto are working towards solving this problem and utilizing science to better the quality of life for society …
Jun 27, 2018
Lighting industry veteran Chris Brown coined the term Illumigeddon several years ago and met up with Get A Grip to discuss where we are headed. Ilumigeddon has turned into Illumitunity as long as you can work your way through The Matrix. Enough with the a…
Jun 21, 2018
30 podcasts on Light Bulbs?! Much like the picture above, the last 30 episodes are a blur. This last year went by so quickly that we figured it was time to briefly recap what we learned from episodes 1-30 of the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast with the Hos…
Jun 12, 2018
Pier LaFarge is the Co-Founder & CEO of Sparkfund. Their goal is to “netflixize” the energy technology industry. If this happens, the lighting industry will be in for a bigger change then the LED transformation. Get A Grip!
Jun 5, 2018
53 years in the game and Bill Attardi is as feisty as ever. As a Renaissance man his career is as full as it is diverse; salesman, manager, executive, owner, consultant and teacher. You bet we grappled with him.
May 29, 2018
Dr. Paul Rudy is the co-founder of SLD Laser along with Dr. Shuji Nakamura. They are commercializing a new generation of laser light sources for display, automotive and specialty applications; filling in the gaps left by the limitations of LED. What? LED …
May 21, 2018
Cory Schneider is the current President of NAILD and the CEO of Lighting Unlimited in Arizona. He has developed a unique way to deploy LS1 that a lot of other NAILD members are copying. If you have some lighting people to train we suggest giving this epis…
May 14, 2018
Dr. Dee Denteneer is the Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium. Zhaga is an open, global, lighting-industry consortium that is standardizing LED light engines and associated components, including modules and drivers. The end goal of the Consortium is …
May 7, 2018
David Nathaniel is the CEO of Standard; started out selling electrical tape with his dad from their home in Montreal. 37 years later he has the largest privately owned lighting manufacturing company in Canada. His business has drastically changed in the l…
Apr 29, 2018
Paul Hafner is the creator of NAILD’s education programs: LS1 and LS2. He was instrumental in the transformation of the association from a club to an educational organization. A legend in NAILD circles, many of the members have Paul to thank for their suc…
Apr 23, 2018
Randy Johnson is the President of US Lamp in Green Bay Wisconsin. Randy is an LC (Lighting Certified) and a State Licensed Designer of Engineering Systems. Sounds complicated so just think of him as the ultimate lighting guru and you should be good to go …
Apr 12, 2018
Dan Ryan is not really a lighting guy. He has worked in the industry but he rolls more with the Silicon Valley crowd. He founded ByteLight in 2011 and flipped it to Acuity Brands where he stayed on as a VP of Product Development. On this episode we talked…
Apr 3, 2018
Get a Grip on Lighting rolled into Frankfurt looking for answers and the editor of the Edison Report was happy to oblige. We set up our gear at his booth, cracked a few beers and pushed record. Manufacturer's warranties, Lumens as a Service, the future of…
Mar 27, 2018
Daniel Audette is a tax engineer. Do we need to say more than that? The hosts of the show thought all you needed was an accountant until they ran into Dan. Check out this episode to find out more about the deductions and incentives available to help Lig…
Mar 19, 2018
Andrew Myers, CEO of ProGrowTech, is confident that LED technology is ready to revolutionize the Horticultural Lighting landscape. He laid out his argument on the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast. Andrew is convinced that all lighting professionals should f…
Mar 11, 2018
Ira Greenberg, CEO of Keystone Technologies, and his VP of the Distributor Channel Josh Brown joined the Get a Grip on Lighting Podcast to discuss the evolving and capricious nature of the lighting industry. While many manufacturers seem ready to pack it…
Feb 28, 2018
Tom Butters, LC MIES, is the Director of Education for the IES. He is responsible for developing and delivering lighting education to the IES membership and the public at large in a multitude of modern modalities. Prior to his appointment at the IES, Tom …
Feb 20, 2018
Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is the Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has also served as Light and Health Program Director at the LRC since 1999. Dr. Figueiro is well known…
Feb 5, 2018
Greg Yeutter is an "up and comer" in the lighting business. On this episode he shared his thoughts on the health effects of artificial lighting.
Jan 30, 2018
Dave Inman's expertise is in the horticultural lighting sector. On our show he talked about LED luminaires designed for growing cannabis and why this market is set to explode. He also hosts his own podcast "State of Cannabis".
Jan 22, 2018
Wendell Strong is a three decade veteran of the Commercial Lighting Industry and serves as the PoE (Power over Ethernet) Manager at GENISYS Lighting. He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors.
Jan 2, 2018
Jason Bader is back on Episode 12 of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast. He is the President of the Distribution Team and a subject matter expert in the field of inventory management.
Dec 5, 2017
Jim Benya is flat out one the world’s top authorities on lighting design and applied illuminating engineering. He is especially known for his work in the field of design with a hardcore emphasis on daylighting, lighting efficiency and sustainable design. …
Nov 9, 2017
The Godfather of the Lighting business, William M. Brown, is the guest on Episode 10 of the show. His story transcends lighting into the realm of classic American success story. His adventure starts in the 1950's and works its way through several industry…
Oct 3, 2017
Dr. Arnold J. Wilkins is Professor Emeritus at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. he has spent an academic career studying the environmental causes of visual eye strain, proving through research that the temporal modulation (a fancy tech term …
Oct 3, 2017
The Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast is joined by special guest Christina Halfpenny, Executive Director of the DesignLights Consortium (DLC). Tina has been leading the team at the DLC since 2015. We discuss the evolution and power of the DLC, LED lighting, …
Oct 3, 2017
The Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast is joined by Randy Reid, Editor of the Edison Report. We discuss Randy's extensive experience as Former President of the IES, VP of Resilient Lighting, Board Member of Lightfair, and of course the mystery man behind the …
Oct 3, 2017
Recorded at Lightfair in the NAILD booth, the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast is joined by Robin Watt, President of NAILD and Brady Nemeth of the DesignLights Consortium. We speak about DLC 4.0, the future of lighting, color temperature, new tech at Lightf…
Oct 2, 2017
Spencer Miles, VP of Pacific Lamp & Supply and NAILD board member, joins the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast. Pacific Lamp has been in business for over 100 years and Spencer has seen his fair share of lighting moments. We discuss some interesting lighting…
Oct 2, 2017
Greg Ehrich, Co-Host of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast & VP of Premier Lighting, tells his lighting story on the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast. He goes through his experience as a lighting distributor, talking about the lighting industry, NAILD, reba…
Oct 2, 2017
Brady Nemeth of the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) joins the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast. Brady is a program specialist with the DLC and we discuss many topics pertaining to lighting and the DLC, like the incentive program, NAILD, DLC 4.0 initiatives, c…
Oct 2, 2017
Jason Bader of the Distribution Team joins the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast. Jason is the President of the Distribution Team and he's a subject matter expert. We discuss many topics pertaining to the lighting industry, like lighting associations and inv…
Oct 3, 2017
Lighting Heavyweight and IES Industry Relations Manager Mark Lien visits with the hosts of the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast. The discussion worked its way from Quality vs. Efficiency, lighting as a service LaaS, DesignLights Consortium, US Green Buildin…
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