Lighting Technology Update Seminar 2019

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Capital Electric’s popular, award-winning Lighting Technology Update Seminars return with new presentations, topics, and updates dedicated to helping you successfully navigate the evolving world of LED lighting.

These seminars are designed to provide the knowledge and tools essential to good decision making. If you don’t have time to keep abreast of the almost daily changes in this fast-paced technology, this is a highly informative and interesting way to stay up to speed on the latest in LED lighting, its benefits, challenges, and possibilities. 


About The Instructors

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William “Bill” O’Connell, LC, LEED AP is a Regional Specification Sales Manager for Eaton’s Lighting Division, formerly known as Cooper Lighting. In addition to responsibility for sales of specification lighting products, Bill also serves as a technical resource for Eaton’s rep agencies, as well as lighting designers, engineering firms, specifiers, and end users, educating them on new lighting products and technologies. Bill has more than 20 years of experience in the lighting industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Optics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology along with a minor in Computer Science and a German Technical Translators Certificate. Bill began his career with OSRAM SYLVANIA in 1994 as an Optical Engineer designing optical systems for car headlamps, tail lamps and turn signals. After transferring to OSRAM SYLVANIA’s general lighting division, Bill was awarded two patents, one technical and one design, for the design of SYLVANIA’s SPL optical system which shapes a halogen PAR lamp’s light to provide a more even, high quality distribution across a broad area.

In 2008, Bill moved out into the field with OSRAM SYLVANIA as a Commercial Engineer working with
lighting designers, end users, distributors, utilities, and other lighting influencers, as well as providing
technical support to field sales personnel throughout the Mid-Atlantic – a position he held until 2017
when he joined Eaton.

Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), Bill
is also LEED AP certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America and regularly presents on lighting applications and advances,
light sources, legislation and regulation, among other topics.



Robert A. “Bob” Preston, LC, IES is an Energy & Lighting Specialist with the Energy Solutions Group for Capital Electric. Bob is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). He has been with Capital Electric for 30 years in a variety of roles including electronics and test & measurement and has been specializing in lighting since 2006.

Bob supports energy efficient lighting activities throughout Capital Electric. He also coordinates
utility incentive programs for the sales team and their customers, with particular focus on western MD and Pennsylvania. Over the last ten years, Bob has spearheaded educational lighting seminars across all of Capital Electric’s market area. Hundreds of customers and employees have attended these award-winning events which have focused on the latest advancements in energy efficient lighting technology. Bob specializes in the more technical aspects of lighting applications, particularly in the rapidly developing LED marketplace.

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