Teachers of Lighting Workshop (TOLW)


Attention all lighting educators, do you…

  • Desire to know what’s “new” in lighting?
  • Enjoy learning in a dynamic group setting?
  • Have “holes” in your lighting education?
  • Wish to enhance the educational experience for your students?
  • Want to update your knowledge and sharpen your skills?

Teachers of Lighting Workshop 2019 (TOLW) 

The TOLW is a 6-day immersion into the latest advances in lighting technology and design tools.  Attendees work on teams as well as individually, in both classroom and studio instruction.  The event is sponsored by the IES and Hubbell Lighting Solutions Center.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide concentrated instruction in design, science and technology of lighting to full time and part time academic faculty who currently teach and have responsibility for lighting education. The workshop curricula assumes some basic lighting knowledge (i.e. participation in lighting workshops, university course work).

Instruction is provided by senior lighting faculty representing academia, design, and industry. Participants will be involved each day from 8:00 a.m. at the Hubbell Lighting Solutions Center, 701 Millennium Blvd., Greenville, SC 29607, as well as at the hotel for evening sessions. Private room lodging will be in a hotel where the evening educational sessions will be held.

Note: While teaching methodology is not the main thrust, there will be a time set aside for sharing successful learning strategies and teaching approaches. Past workshop attendees have expressed that a wealth of pedagogical knowledge was gained through observation during the workshop. 

Topics Covered

  • • Lighting terms
  • • Psychological aspects
  • • Light sources (LEDs and conventional)
  • • Design process
  • • Luminaires
  • • Optical control
  • • Lighting calculations
  • • Electrical control
  • • Lighting economics
  • • Vision and color
  • • Energy management
  • • Lighting and health
  • • Interior lighting design
  • • Exterior lighting
  • • Sustainable/LEED/WELL
  • • Codes
  • • Computers as a tool
  • • Daylighting and controls


This intensive lighting education experience is intended for faculty (both full and part time) with major and on-going responsibility for teaching lighting in programs of:

• Interior Design • Theatre • Building Science • Architecture • Engineering • Construction/Technology • Community Colleges/Technical Schools with Design Classes

Attendees of previous workshops, who need a refresher are also eligible. The TOLW Committee will select the attendees. Those accepted will be notified in March 2019.

Requirements for participants:

  • Participants are expected to be present throughout the workshop, attend all sessions on time and perform all assignments.
  • Family members and guests cannot be accommodated.
  • Personal expenses, including travel, are the responsibility of the participant.
  • Some facility with geometry, algebra, trigonometry (at the level of IES document TM-1), and three dimensional drawing is expected.


  • Twenty-one grants will be granted by IES to cover tuition, lodging and meals
  • Attendees pay a $225 fee and their own transportation expenses

Applications Must Include the Following

  • An introductory letter stating:
    • why you wish to attend
    • your faculty status, include tenure status
    • a statement of your lighting background
    • how your experience at the workshop will affect the lighting program upon your return
  • Your curriculum vitae with the full history of your academic credentials
  • A description of the current lighting courses at your institution
  • A letter from your department head or dean. The letter must indicate clearly the extent of your institution’s commitment to lighting education.


Submissions are now closed.

Questions / Application Submissions

Marie Meacham | mmeacham@ies.org
Rebecca Hadley-Catter | RebeccaHadley@eaton.com
Dee Ginthner | dginthne@umn.edu

Instructional Faculty

Leslie Davis, IES, EIT, LC
Leslie Davis Lighting Design, Principal

Rebecca Hadley-Catter, IES, LC, LEED AP
Eaton SOURCE Lighting Education Center, Manager

Asha Hegde, Ph.D., LC, IES
Texas State University, Associate Professor Lighting and Interior Design

Mark Roush, FIES, M Arch, LC
Experience Light, Marketing Consultant, Philips LAC Faculty

Additional Faculty Support by Hubbell Lighting and industry experts

The Sponsors

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is a not for profit association. The IES was founded in 1906 to establish and disseminate scientific lighting recommendations. It is a recognized authority on lighting and is dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations and the public.

Hubbell Lighting
Based in Hubbell Lighting’s LEED Silver headquarters in Greenville, S.C., the 25,000 square foot LSC serves as the centerpiece of Hubbell Lighting’s commitment to train, educate and develop solutions as lighting technology continues to evolve. It’s a collaborative environment that draws from many lighting and technology authorities including the preeminent speakers and presenters.