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Educational Webinars

Each month, the IES presents a live webinar on a current topic that helps expand your lighting knowledge and furthers our mission of improving life through quality of light. Live and on-demand webinars are free to all IES members, and are eligible for IES continuing education credits (CEUs). Live webinars are available at a fee of $20 for non-members.

Please note, on-demand webinars are available on a complimentary basis only to IES members and are eligible for CEUs for a nominal fee. Non-members may also purchase access to on-demand webinars and corresponding CEUs. Visit our eLearning Portal for additional information on pricing and availability.

Refund Policy:
  • For Live Webinars, and Seminars — IES will issue a full refund for cancellations received no less than 24-hours prior to the scheduled broadcast start time. Please email education@ies.org to cancel & request a refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24-hours prior to the scheduled broadcast start time.
  • For recorded webinars and other pre-recorded products — Once purchased, webinars registration fee is nonrefundable.

Webinar Schedule

Light as Object: Importance of Aesthetics in Architecture

July 25, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

In recent years, architects, artists, and academics have begun implementing concepts of a new philosophical movement, Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO), into their thinking. Referencing work by Prof. Graham Harman, founder of OOO, this program explores why lighting design must engage in philosophical conversations and how designers are uniquely situated to lead that charge. Attendees will learn introductory OOO terms and review several case studies to recognize the inherent relationship between architecture, light, and philosophy. Key design topics include understanding the importance of abstraction and exploring tools to effectively develop concepts including metaphor, sketching, and AI. The goal is to expand our contemporary understanding of light; if light is an object itself, we ought to explore how this may challenge our assumptions and approach to design.



The IES BIM Standards Committee recently completed work to update TM-32, which defines BIM parameters used within the architectural lighting design industry. This new standard aligns with a similar European standard as well as a recent  NEMA standard in the US. This webinar will provide an overview of the technical memorandum, including what recently changed. We will share the makeup of the committee and the IES member-wide survey conducted in 2022 to help guide some of the changes implemented in TM-32. Finally, the value proposition will be highlighted for manufacturers, specifiers, and designers throughout the industry.



Fire below, Sun and Stars above: Biophilic Lighting

August 29, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

From fire to candles, gas lanterns, and the first electric light bulb in 1879, humans have evolved around warm wavelengths of light. Our bodies are accustomed to the positions of our natural light sources, like fire on the ground or daylight high in the sky during midday. The invention of the fluorescent lamp however, made cooler and brighter light sources available from above throughout the nighttime environment. Fluorescent lighting allowed humans to work late into the night which disrupted sleep patterns, and therefore interfered with our bodies biological recovery time. Understanding human development in the context of our natural environment is the heart of biophilic design. This discussion will inspire shaping our environment around our biological needs, utilizing electric and smart lighting for biophilic designs, and fostering well-being while deepening our connection with nature.