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Lighting for Commercial Foodservice

Featuring Guest Speaker Clifton Stanley Lemon


Efficient lighting is an easy way to save energy in a commercial food service operation but it's important to make sure that the lighting fits the mood, décor and function.

Using the latest technologies in solid state (LED) lighting, it is possible to illuminate the front of house in a way that is appealing and inviting to your customers while cutting energy costs by 75% or more.

Attendees will learn:

  • Lamp types most appropriate for new installs or easy retrofit into retail/foodservice.
  • The difference between quality lighting and poor lighting, why it matters in food service and why some products don't work.
  • How to read the Lighting Facts label and how to use it as tool to make better purchasing decisions.
  • How to use simple online calculators to determine savings.

Special guest speaker, Clifton Stanley Lemon, IESNA and Founder of Clifton Lemon Associates, will present:


Light & Food: Designing for Atavistic Proclivities for Fun & Profit


New technologies and design possibilities today offer many exciting possibilities for restaurants and dining environments and some of the most interesting developments are in lighting. We are now in a phase of adapting to LEDs and intelligent sensor and control systems, but applying them effectively still requires a working understanding of basic physiological and behavioral responses - areas of study where much new learning is also taking place. Understanding history, culture and design also helps to put new technologies to use in the best way, creating better environments for eating and congregating.


This talk explores the latest developments in technology and biology, and provides an overview of lighting basics, science, and history related to food and light. You will learn how to combine new tools in different ways to create “multisensory magic” in the customer experience.


Speaker: Clifton Stanley Lemon (IESNA) and Richard Young (FSTC)

Clifton Stanley Lemon
Marketing Committee Chair, IES San Francisco
Founder, Clifton Lemon Associates

Clifton is the founder of Cliton Lemon Associates,a San Francisco-based firm that provides strategic marketing, education, and insights for lighting manufacturers and other organizations who serve the built environment. He was the Marketing Communications Manager for Soraa, founded by 2014 Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura, and VP of Business Development for Integral Group, a leading deep green engineering firm. He is Marketing Committee Chair for IES San Francisco and is a frequent speaker at lighting industry conferences.

Richard Young at the PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), a publicly funded energy-efficiency research facility operated by Frontier Energy, an energy and technology consulting firm headquartered in Oakland, California.

Richard currently focuses most of his efforts on technical outreach- translating the FSTC's 30 years of research into practical information. He has over 25 years of experience creating and presenting seminars on energy efficiency and currently delivers about 75 sessions a year.
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Thursday, March 09, 2017
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This is a free seminar!

Complimentary coffee, beverages and light snacks will be available!

Please Note - Seminar begins promptly at 09:00 AM. Please allow time for parking. Additional parking is available in the back lot, behind the FSTC and at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center.

Location:   Map    Weather  
Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
12949 Alcosta Blvd.
Suite 101
San Ramon, CA USA 94583

Event Contact Info
Kiana Caban
Email: Phone: 925.866.5945

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