Educational Webinars

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.

The Educational Webinar Series features two categories of webinars; IES Standards Webinars and IES Lighting Education Webinars.

IES Standards Webinars: Each webinar is devoted to a specific IES Standard. These webinars are typically presented by one or more lead contributors from the authoring committee of the standard. Webinar attendees have an opportunity to hear directly from experts who have in-depth knowledge on the topic of the standard. In addition, there is an opportunity for a question and answer session at the end. This allows viewers the ability to engage directly with the presenters.

IES Lighting Education Webinars: Each webinar is devoted to a relevant and important lighting topic.

For IES members, viewing the live webinar is FREE. In addition, each webinar is recorded and made available on through our website two weeks after the live event takes place. Viewing the archived webinars is available only for IES members.

For non-members, viewing the live webinar costs $20. The archived recordings are only made available to IES members as a benefit of membership. Click here to become an IES Member

Login information will be sent to each registrant the week of the webinar; on Tuesday morning and again at 10:30 am ET on Thursday (the day of the webinar). Be sure to always check your spam and clutter folders to ensure that you received this important information.

Slide decks of the presentation will not be distributed.

To obtain IES CEUs you must be individually logged in for the duration of the webinar. CEU Certificates will be distributed within two weeks of the live event. No credits are given to those who log in exclusively by phone.

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Wireless Lighting: Security Basics (Definitions of Authentication, Encryption, and Certificates)

November 14th 12:00 PM ET
Why do we want to talk about security? Security implementations in Lighting Control Systems is a major differentiator. Increasing numbers of networked devices, their hardware, software, and communications must be secured. Yet few of us have a security background. This presentation provides an overview of wireless lighting security basics: concerns around wireless devices, definitions on Authentication, Encryption, and Certificates, and considerations for implementing security in wireless lighting controls.

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

PRESENTER: Charles Knuffke, Systems VP/Evangelist, Wattstopper, Legrand
Charles KnuffkeFor the past 25+ years, Charles Knuffke has worked with engineers, contractors, distributors and owners to design, specify, and start up Lighting Control Systems for almost every kind of Commercial and Industrial project. After being in sales for most of his career, Charles is Systems Vice President and Evangelist for the Wattstopper product line overseeing all product activity relating to the company’s Digital Lighting Management System and managing three marketing directors and product line managers. Charles has also attended uncounted California Energy Commission meetings during the development of the various California Title 24 energy codes to provide real-world commentary to the policymakers and act as an ombudsman for his customers.

TM-21 and The Ethical Specification of LED Lifetime

December 19th 12:00 PM ET
The end of the lamp-and-luminaire convention heaps responsibility on the lighting specifier to select solid-state fixtures that will meet end-user needs for years or decades to come. The lion’s share of specification-grade LED luminaires available today feature limited preconceived field service capabilities, so failures result in total luminaire replacement. The associated costs of this reality are difficult to explain and defend. To protect client interests and their own, specifiers can learn to identify credible LED lifetime claims in a market increasingly afflicted by noise. ANSI/IES LM-80 and TM-21 are widely misused by suppliers across the global lighting industry with some vendors presenting LED lifetime claims exceeding the average human life expectancy of most countries. Join us for a clarifying discussion about the purpose and continued relevancy of these standards, and best practices of applying them to specification.

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

PRESENTERS: Brienne Willcock and Alex Baker

Wireless Lighting Controls

January 16th 12:00 PM ET
Wireless lighting control has matured to offer a powerful and versatile option for control communication. By replacing control wiring with radio signals, wireless devices and systems offer the same functionality and benefits while providing the distinctive benefits of installation cost savings and greater flexibility. With wireless control, the most advanced control systems can be implemented in both new and existing buildings.

In this presentation developed by the Lighting Controls Association and presented by lighting control industry veteran Gary Meshberg, you will learn the major types of wireless approaches, equipment, applications, protocols, and design and installation considerations.

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

Gary MeshbergGary Meshberg, LC, CLCP, LEED AP, IES is chair of the Lighting Controls Association ( and director of industry and market engagement for OSRAM. A 30+-year industry veteran, he previously served as director of marketing, VP of sales and specification business manager for major lighting manufacturers. He chairs the IES Lighting Commissioning Committee, previously served as past education chair for the Dallas Section, and founded and served as chair of the Home Lighting Control Alliance.