IES Webinar Series
Each month, the IES presents a live webinar on topics we believe will be beneficial to our membership and the public at large. We are excited to offer you this education-oriented program where you can expand your knowledge about lighting and earn IES continuing education credits (CEUs). We hope that you will join us. Consult the listing below for upcoming webinars. For the benefit of our members, we also list our webinar schedule in IES NEWS that is distributed every other week to IES members. We look forward to your participation. If you have general questions about the webinars, please forward them to Tom Butters, Director of Education

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No credits are given to those who log in exclusively by phone.

Webinars are free for IES Members; Non-Members: $20
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Introduction to Visible Light Disinfection

January 17th 12:00 PM ET
Bacterial infections are pervasive, costly and deadly. Today, and every day in the United States, over 270 people will die from a Healthcare Acquired Infection. And it seems like every day, there’s another foodborne illness outbreak, another multimillion-dollar food product recall, another alarm about antibiotic resistant infections. One valuable new tool in the battle against the risks of infection is Visible Light Disinfection. This seminar will help you understand this new technology, how mainstream customers are using it today, and what you need to know to speak about it intelligently. We’ll cover:

  1. The problem: basic issues and statistics
  2. The types of customers/environments that have infection control needs
  3. How visible light disinfection works and how it addresses customer needs
  4. Common questions & concerns (Is it safe? How does it differ from UV? Etc.)
  5. How to differentiate yourself by educating and adding value to clients
  6. Q&A

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

David HaarDavid Haar is the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing at Vital Vio. He has over 30 years of experience in branding, communications, lead generation, research, analytics, and product management, domestically and globally. He brings extensive marketing leadership experience to Vital Vio having built high-performance marketing teams, driven profitable growth and cultivated stellar brands within the healthcare and technology sectors for startups, growth and public companies. Most recently David led his own marketing consulting firm, delivering strategic and tactical expertise to companies that did not need or could not afford a full-time, executive-level marketing professional. Prior to that David served as senior vice president of marketing for InfuSystem, a healthcare services company, and as vice president of marketing for National Medical Health Card, a pharmacy benefits manager. David has a BA in English from the University at Albany; in his spare time, he can be found in his kayak attempting to trick bass with fake worms.

Metrics in Motion: Circadian Metric

February 7th 12:00 PM ET
The enthusiasm for healthier buildings has aligned with advances in LED technology, controls and research exploring the human biological response to light. This alignment has led to a rise in health claims related to lighting, yet there is still much to learn regarding the relationship between light and human biology. This webinar will look back at the background of circadian metrics, and look forward to the opportunities and challenges facing the future development and implementation of circadian metrics in the built environment. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Andrea WilkersonPRESENTER: Andrea Wilkerson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Andrea Wilkerson is a Lighting Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), focusing her research on the evaluation of emerging lighting technologies and systems, supporting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting program. She earned her doctorate from Penn State and her BS and MAE from the University of Nebraska in the respective architectural engineering programs. Andrea serves on the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust Board of Directors and chairs the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Educational Facilities committee.

Industrial Lighting Facilities, RP-7

February 14th 12:00 PM ET
Providing a successful lighting design for a modern industrial facility is a complex task and in common with other lighting applications, the LED revolution is having a major impact. However, there is a lack of readily available advice for industrial facilities wishing to update their lighting technology to deal with the wide variety of applications found in an industrial environment. This session will discuss some of the basic issues relevant to industrial lighting from the recently issued ANSI/IES RP-7-17 Recommended Practice for Lighting of Industrial Facilities, with emphasis on the efficient replacement of legacy lighting by the appropriate LED system. This includes the establishment of a suitable maintenance program to ensure that issues such as lumen degradation, particularly dirt depreciation, lifetime issues and lamp replacement scenarios are addressed in a timely manner. The session will end with a brief discussion of some aspects of lighting health and safety in an industrial environment. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Graeme ListerGraeme Lister is Chair of the IES Industrial Lighting Committee. He has 30 years experience in the lighting industry, including positions in research, development and management. He is now a lighting consultant based in the Boston area and his current iproject is to manage the replacement of streetlighting with LEDs in the City of Lynn, MA. Much of his career was spent in the technology, research and development of discharge lighting systems as a key scientist and successful team leader of technically complex and multidisciplinary research projects at Thorn Lighting UK and Osram Sylvania and recently Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer, Ceravision Limited, UK. He has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and has written more than 100 published articles and papers. Graeme has been active in the development and implementation of regulations and standards related to roadway, area and industrial lighting for many years, through membership of IES and ANSI committees He has a BSc and MSc in Physics from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia.

Metrics in Motion: Flicker & Glare

March 7th 12:00 PM ET
Flicker and glare are visual phenomena that have several things in common: both can range from mildly annoying to seriously disabling, both can be made worse by poorly designed LED lighting and better by good LED lighting, and both are the subject of research by PNNL that is helping to further industry standard metrics, methods of measurement, and recommended practice. This webinar will provide an up-to-date evaluation of progress in addressing these critical lighting quality factors, their implications for energy-efficient LED lighting, and where additional research is needed. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Naomi MillerPRESENTER: Naomi Miller, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Naomi Miller has been a Senior Lighting Research Scientist since joining PNNL in 2009. Naomi’s work focuses on bridging the knowledge gap between technology and application. She works with clients and stakeholders to overcome the hurdles facing the adoption of energy-efficient lighting products. Her research also focuses on lighting quality and the human impacts of light. Previously, Naomi was the Principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, New York. With over 30 architectural lighting design awards, Naomi is a nationally recognized expert in the field of lighting. She chaired the IES Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES’s Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She currently serves on the IES Board of Directors and is a Fellow of both the IES and IALD.

A Machine for Light- The Building as Luminaire

March 14th 12:00 PM ET
What if a primary purpose of architecture is to deliver light? An examination of historical building practice answers this question in fascinating ways. A careful examination of the specific geometric properties of both building enclosures and luminaires shows striking similarities at different scales: forms that are effective in reflecting amplifying and mitigating daylight are also effective with electric light. A whole building approach to lighting, using available daylight first, then supplementing it with electric light, provides a better approach to balancing light sources.

As a “service” provided by buildings, light has a primary role, often determining or significantly impacting building siting, massing, fenestration, materials, height, and structural systems, as well as interior surfaces and colors. History provides many examples of effective strategies for maximizing daylight (and firelight) that evolved over millennia in a wide variety of cultures and climates. This webinar will demonstrate how light remains a driving force in architecture, and how lighting designers and architects can collaborate to create better lighting and better buildings.

  • Learning Objective #1
    Identify effective lighting strategies in architectural history before gas and electric lighting that inform sustainable building practice when integrated with Solid State Lighting. Participants will learn how rich lessons from the past can help to build the future.
  • Learning Objective #2
    Articulate more effective roles for lighting designers in the early design phases of building projects when crucial decisions are made about siting, glazing, building orientation, and energy use. Lighting designers will understand how they can make the role of lighting designer more relevant, and architects will understand how to improve building design through a better understanding of lighting.
  • Learning Objective #3
    Describe and analyze improved daylight/electric light balance to that will help align project teams with other sustainable strategies. Designers will understand how traditional architectural design strategies for mitigating glare and providing proper light distribution and views are often preferable to relying on electric lighting and complex control systems and can contribute to higher LEED scores, reduced energy use, and better occupant health and comfort.
  • Learning Objective #4
    Compare benefits of integrating successful historical strategies with new technology to current building practice. Designers will learn ways to question current practices, have more impact on early stages of building projects, and defend design ideas with historical precedent.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Clifton Stanley Lemon, MIES
Clifton Stanley LemonClifton is the CEO of Clifton Lemon Associates, a consultancy providing strategy, product development, marketing, and education services to manufacturers and firms in the lighting and energy sectors. He was formerly Marketing Communications Manager for Soraa, Director of Business Development at Integral Group in Oakland, and founder and CEO of BrandSequence, a customer research and brand management firm. He is an active writer and speaker, with extensive experience in event production and curriculum for professional development. He is the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society, San Francisco Section, and is on the Advisory Boards of Lighting Facts, Strategies in Light, and LightShow West.

Jeremy J. Steinmeier, AIA, LC, LEED AP, IES, Senior Architect and Lighting Designer, AECOM
Jeremy J. SteinmeierJeremy is a modernist architect and lighting designer with a passion for design and construction. His award-winning projects include single and multi-unit housing, retail facilities, and commercial projects. Evident in his work is an underlying commitment to thoughtful design, environmental stewardship, leadership through consensus building, and an appeal to the emotional experience of the user. Before AECOM, he was Senior Architect and Lighting Designer at Gensler, and Senior Architect and Lighting Designer with Architecture and Light in San Francisco. He has completed several projects with prominent architects, providing conceptual design, renderings, calculations and specifications for many award-winning architects including Studios Architecture, Tigerman McCurry, Wong Logan Architects, Tom Elliot Fisch, and Heidi Richardson. Jeremy has spoken at several industry conferences including Strategies I Light/the LED Show and LightShow West.

Metrics in Motion: Lumen Equivalency

April 2th 12:00 PM ET
High-intensity discharge (HID) lighting has been a staple in street/area lighting as well as high bay/warehouse lighting for more than 50 years. As LED lighting displaces HID sources in these applications, many end users seek guidance about specifying LED products. Municipalities, energy efficiency groups, and manufacturers often provide look-up tables specifying HID lamp type, HID lamp wattage, and the suggested LED streetlight fixture lumen output. These values differ significantly among the different look-up tables even for the same HID lamp type and wattage. This webinar will provide an overview of a methodology for determining LED streetlight lumens for new fixtures, along with a review of comparative light loss factors and other considerations for HID and LED sources. The webinar will also review similar considerations for high-bay applications, and briefly touch on LED replacement lamps for HID lamps. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Michael MyerPRESENTER: Michael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Myer has been with PNNL just under 11 years. Prior to joining PNNL, Michael worked as an architectural lighting designer in New York. Michael became an architectural lighting designer after completing his M.S. in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University. Since joining PNNL, Michael has worked on a wide-ranging number of lighting projects, field evaluations, and demonstrations for a variety of DOE programs including Building Energy Codes and Federal Appliance Standards, Commercial Building Integration, and Advanced Lighting/Solid-State Lighting.

Metrics in Motion: Connected Lighting

May 2th 12:00 PM ET
The combination of high-efficiency LED technology with seamless control and new features enabled by network connectivity presents a compelling vision for the future of lighting. Much work remains to translate that vision into successful installations, value-added functionality, and proven benefits, including energy efficiency. PNNL researchers are engaged in multiple studies designed to understand and quantify the performance of emerging connected lighting systems. In particular, the ability to measure energy performance at the device and system level is an important focus. This webinar will address some of the questions being pursued in this area, such as how to evaluate the accuracy of energy and electrical data that can be reported by connected lighting systems, and how and where to measure energy use in systems that are capable of essentially continuous change, tuning, and adaptation. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Michael PoplawskiPRESENTER: Michael Poplawski, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Poplawski joined PNNL in 2009 as a Senior Engineer following twelve years in the commercial semiconductor industry. His work experience includes stints with Motorola, ON Semiconductor, and a CMOS image sensor start-up, and in various functions including device engineering and reliability, circuit design, application support, and technical marketing. His current efforts focus on supporting the DOE Solid-State Lighting program, primarily in the areas of Connected Lighting System technology evaluation and demonstration, standards and specification development, and the estimation of lighting energy end-use consumption. Michael is a member of IES, IEEE, and ASHRAE; serves on multiple standards development committees; and consults with numerous energy efficiency organizations, specification bodies, and early adopters.

Metrics in Motion: Color Metrics

June 6th 12:00 PM ET
After decades of debate and living with limitation, new color metrics for both color rendition and chromaticity have been standardized by the IES and/or CIE. While the science has advanced, practice has been slower to evolve. This webinar will look at recent developments and how they might change lighting practice over the next 10 years. It will demonstrate how all constituents in the lighting community can benefit from using metrics that fit the capabilities of today’s lighting technologies. Manufacturers can more effectively evaluate performance tradeoffs and communicate product performance, allowing differentiation with novel products; specifiers can reduce uncertainty and avoid unsightly consequences; and researchers can use improved methods to investigate fundamental lighting science challenges Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Michael RoyerPRESENTER: Michael Royer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Royer is a senior engineer at PNNL where he works on the DOE Solid-State Lighting program. He focuses on technology development issues, helping to improve product performance through research, testing, metric development, and engagement with various elements of the lighting industry. Michael is a member of the IES Color and Technical Procedures Committees, and was chair of the IES Color Metrics Task Group. Prior to joining PNNL, Michael earned a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University, receiving the 2013 Taylor Technical Talent Award from the IES for his published work. Michael was named a future leader of lighting by LD+A Magazine in 2010, and has authored over 50 journal articles and government reports.