Meet The Team: Lee Davis

In this month’s Meet the Team Q&A, we’re excited to profile project manager Lee Davis. We couldn’t speak more highly of Lee both personally and professionally. When she’s not solving problems and making things happen for our customers, she’s at home chasing around her almost four-year-old son, and taking home the title of Mom of the Year. Fun fact: Lee is also expecting her second child in June!

Let’s meet this supermom one-on-one.

Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry?

LD: My lifelong dream was always to become a nurse, but while working towards that goal, my good friend Shawna let me know SDLA was hiring a receptionist. I got the job, fell in love with the industry, and my career path officially changed forever. It’s safe to say SDLA has had a huge impact on my life since the day I started. I have worked my way up since my first role here, but that role allowed me to see the whole picture more clearly. Now my heart is set on going back to school for business while continuing my career here.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

LD: Every day is a new challenge. There is always a new problem that needs to be solved, which keeps me learning and constantly on my toes. Culturally, SDLA is like a big family. Heck, Kristin is like a second mom to me. I just think it’s so cool that everyone works as a team inside and outside the office. For me, there is truly nothing better than when we all come together to solve a problem.

Q: You mentioned there’s a funny common misconception about your name. What’s that?

 LD: Yes! In this digital age, there are a ton of people I only interface with via email. I have a very gender-neutral nickname, so people always have this perception that I’m a man! Well, I’m here to dispel the myth. I am 100%, woman! People usually find out when at some point I end up hopping on the phone with them or meet them in person, and they are often shocked by hearing my sweet-toned feminine voice. It’s always a kick. Someone called me once to chat and when I answered the phone they immediately exclaimed, “Oh my god, you’re a woman!”. So now I just sign all my emails Mrs. Lee Davis to avoid any confusion.

Q: What is your most memorable project?

LD: My most memorable project is ironically the first one I became involved with as a project manager. This project was called “Lilly Biotechnology Center,” and it had a multitude of challenges that needed to be resolved.  While it was a tough nut to crack, solving those issues brought my customer and I closer together, and I was excited to build that relationship. In the end, all the stress of it paid off, and I will always remember that project.

Q: As 2018 approaches, is there anything work-related you are looking forward too?

 LD:  I am just excited to see how SDLA will continue to grow and evolve. Receiving new projects really excites me…they can be from any manufacturer. I just love to learn new things and solve new problems, and I am sure 2018 will bring plenty of that. I like to think I have an open mind, so whatever is in-store, I am sure it will be fun.

Parking Garage Lighting Controls and Life Safety: Top 5 Factors to Consider.

XPoint™ Wireless is the Best Solution to Meet Parking Garage Requirements Don’t be Liable for Life Safety!

A common design in parking garages has been to use line voltage occupancy sensors with the emergency lighting calculations taken at 50% of the fixture’s output. Concerns have been raised by Inspectors and Electrical Engineers around this as a liability and compliance issue. The motion sensors contain relays that are NOT UL924 listed and tested for an emergency. This raises the liability and concern if the occupancy sensor keeps the fixture at a dimmed state or fails in the off position because they have not been tested for emergency use. Per Article 700 of the NEC, NFPA 70, the emergency relay is required to drive the emergency fixture to full power illumination levels upon loss of normal power, which is not a capability of standard occupancy sensors alone and may leave each emergency fixture at different dimmed states and produce non-uniform light levels. Additionally, an occupant near an exit may be drawn in the wrong direction by motion sensors being activated in an adjacent area that is not their intended path of egress. When it comes to parking garage lighting in California, there are several lighting control codes that need to be met as dictated by California Title 24, UL and IES. Did you know there is one simple solution that meets all of these necessary requirements?

Meet XPoint™ Wireless by Acuity Brands. It’s a flexible lighting control system that enables users to configure lighting in zones or as individual luminaires, allowing light level adjustment for occupancy, available daylight, wall stations, time of day, BMS integration and utilizes UL924 listed devices for safe and reliable emergency operation.

Let’s break down some of those codes, and show off how XPoint Wireless meets them.

1. Relay devices, including motion sensors with integral relays, that are controlling emergency circuits are required to have UL924 listings.

XPoint Wireless uses a UL924 listed wireless motion sensor with an integral relay that is compliant.

2. Per Article 700 of the NEC, NFPA 70, the emergency relay is required to drive the fixture to full power illumination levels upon loss of normal power by bypassing the dimming/switching controls.

XPoint Wireless meets this requirement by automatically closing the emergency relay and deactivating the control signaling wires to drive the fixture to full power illumination upon loss of normal power.

3. The IES recommends controlling the transition zone of a parking garage entrance, per IES RT-20-14, for the interior light levels to follow the natural light levels of the exterior.

XPoint Wireless utilizes the nLight or LC&D network devices for astronomical timeclock/photocell scheduled light levels. XPoint Wireless also has the ability to slowly fade between these light levels to avoid abrupt light level changes for drivers/pedestrians within this transition zone.

4. California Title 24 section 130.1(c)7B requires partial OFF (a step between 20%-50%) in parking garages when no motion is detected. Additionally, it requires that no more than 500 watts of lighting may be controlled together as a single zone.

XPoint Wireless controls are integral to each fixture, providing the flexibility to easily control individual fixtures or programmed groups of fixtures.

5. California Title 24 section 130.1(c)7B requires that the motion sensors controlling egress fixtures should be automatically activated from all designated paths of egress.

XPoint Wireless utilizes a motion sensor that can be automatically activated during normal operation and has a UL924 listed relay device that automatically turns the fixture on to full bright when normal power is lost.

Pretty awesome, right? If you have any questions or want more information on XPoint Wireless please contact Jeret Carr, Controls Specialist, at

LightShow West

Our spec team recently hosted 15 of our electrical engineering friends on a day trip to Los Angeles to attend Lightshow West. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lightshow West is a biannual event where lighting professionals can come and see all manufacturers and new lighting trends in one place.

It’s important to us that our friends don’t miss the event because of the 2.5+ hour drive from San Diego to Los Angeles. To help alleviate fighting LA traffic, we rent a charter bus full of goodies to transport everyone to and from the event. At the event, there is a ton to see in just one day, so our guests were given a map with our manufacturers’ booth locations highlighted to make self-guided tours easier and more efficient.

After a busy morning, we treated our guests to a complimentary lunch we sponsored with Acuity Brands at the Palm Restaurant in downtown LA. As a fun bonus, we gave guests the option to stay over-night in West Hollywood and take a tour of Artemide Lighting’s Showroom the next morning. Artemide’s showroom is always a great place to visit because they specialize in the development of lighting designed by designers and architects, which means a lot of unique, one-of-a-kind light fixtures!  And you never know who will stop into the showroom while you’re there – it is frequented by many of LA’s A-List Elite celebrities!

Overall, everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to doing it again in 2019! If you are interested in joining us next time please feel free to contact Brian Rhea at