Museum Lighting Controls: Striking a Balance

Recorded On: 03/28/2024

About this Course

The IES offers Educational Webinars throughout the year, purposefully spanning a broad range of topics and speaker expertise. 

Description: Museum lighting has a long history of being controls intensive. Striking the balance between the desire to preserve the work being shown and the guest’s ability to SEE the work can be complicated. Lighting control systems are advancing, making that balance easier to find while also giving designers new tools and providing data to curatorial teams in ways never seen before. In this webinar we bring together three professionals from the museum lighting community to discuss and demystify some of the magic behind the lighting controls curtain. We look at and referencing multiple IES standards including LP-6, LP-16, and RP-30 throughout the webinar.


Museum Lighting Controls: Striking a Balance
Open to view video.  |  60 minutes
Open to view video.  |  60 minutes This video is required for course completion.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available

Nick Downham

Nick Downham is an industry expert in lighting systems and integration. He is a member of the IES where he sits on the IES Lighting Control Systems Committee and is an advisory member of the IES Museum and Art Gallery Lighting Committee. With over a decade in the entertainment lighting industry, Nick’s unique combination of experience in system design, installation, project management, and sales allows him to think multi-dimensionally to overcome the day-to-day challenges we experience as lighting professionals. Notable projects include event facilities at Google, interactive experiences at Lionsgate Entertainment World, and the theatrical systems at The Lewis Center for the Performing arts at Princeton University.

Bill Ellis


Candela Controls, Inc.

Bill Ellis is the President and Co-Founder of Candela Controls, Inc., a lighting systems integrator/specialty contractor located in Winter Garden, FL. Founded in 1999, Candela Controls, Inc. has completed over 600 projects to date in 32 states and 5 Countries. Projects include work in the Gaming, Large Hospitality, Theme Park, Museum, Theatre industries, and other unusual projects. Bill has presented at several LightFair International conferences, and for IES, PLASA, and ESTA on a range of lighting control topics, including Advance Control Solutions, the use of DMX512, RDM, sACN, DALI, and PoE integrations.

Alexander Cooper

Exhibit Lighting & Media Art Designer

Alex is the National Portrait Gallery’s resident Exhibit Lighting & Media Art designer. Since coming to the NPG in 2006 he has lit over 130 Exhibitions, as well as designed and installed numerous Time Based Media Art installations and Video interactives. He is an active voice in the various Time-Base Media Art conversations within and without the Smithsonian. He is a member of both the NPG’s Digital Art Group Roundtable (D.A.G.R.) as well as the institution-wide time Based Media Art Group. Prior to coming to the NPG Alex was a freelance lighting designer working in entertainment and architecture in the mid-Atlantic region. His local architectural design work can be seen at the US Senate, The Cosmos Club and The Smithsonian’s National Museum for the American Indian, as well as numerous public art installation throughout the City. In addition he has over 100 professional Lighting and Scenic design credits including productions for the Roundhouse Theatre, The Olney Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, and The Kennedy Center. Alex has an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is an adjunct Professor of Lighting Design for the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at the George Washington University.