March 7, 2019
A capacity crowd enjoyed a full-day of education and exhibits at the 2019 Lighting Conference, held on Jan. 31 at Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre in Brampton, Ont.

An initiative of the Landscape Ontario Lighting Sector Group, the day started with Louis Terpstra, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association, presenting on fall protection work plans for the purpose of recognizing, evaluation and controlling job specific fall hazards.

Next, Douglas Lapp, president and CEO of the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA), provided an important Dig Safe presentation as it relates to landscape lighting.

The sessions continued with David Rooseboom, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), who moderated a question and answer session on ESA inspection permits, including situations when they are required for landscape lighting projects.

Before breaking for lunch, James Solecki, Integra Lighting, provided an enthusiastic session on the latest trends in outdoor lighting, with tips, ticks and techniques to help contractors rise above the crowd and stand out in this thriving and dynamic industry.

Following lunch, James Riddell, SiteOne Landscape Supply, moderated the Light It Up Lamp Demo, a dark, live demonstration of all the variations of lamp and integrated light technology, demonstrating colour temperature, beam spreads and function of integrated fixtures.

The last session of the day, a costing and pricing panel discussion, was an audience favourite. The panel featuring: Ken Martin, Ken Martin Lighting Design (A Division of Copper Expressions); Terry Childs, Nature’s Way Landscaping; and James Solecki, Integra Lighting; had an open and frank discussion on costing and pricing of landscape lighting, offering their own unique experiences and practices.

The LO Lighting Sector Group would like to recognize event partners: SiteOne Landscape Supply, Turf Care Products Canada, Illumicare Group, Martek Supply, Vanden Bussche Irrigation, FX Luminaire, Alliance Outdoor Lighting, Hort Protect, Aquasol Outdoor Lighting, in-Lite Design, Brilliance LED, Central Turf and Irrigation Supply, Focus Industries, Vista Landscape Lighting, and Eurofase Lighting.