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.


Metrics in Motion: Lumen Equivalency

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryApril 2nd 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.

Networked Lighting Controls

April 18th 12:00 PM ET
Networked lighting controls promise significant energy cost savings and other robust capabilities, such as the ability to collect data and participate in the Internet of Things. Developed by the Lighting Controls Association and presented by lighting educator Steve Mesh, this webinar introduces networked control, typical energy savings, capabilities, types of systems, system elements, the potential for rebates, and a product comparison resource. It then discusses specification issues such as wired versus wireless, topology, cybersecurity, protocols, measuring & monitoring, and integration with other systems. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Steve MeshPRESENTER: Steve Mesh, LC, IES
Steve Mesh ( is a regular contributor to the Lighting Controls Association ( and supports the organization by developing educational materials such as courses, guides, and articles. He attended Parsons School of Design and has been a lighting designer and educator for 38 years. He served as Senior Lighting Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center, a member of the Energy Management Committee that updates national energy standards, member of the Quality of the Visual Environment Committee, an EPA Green Lights Surveyor Ally, and a member of the development team for the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP). He is a member of the IES and a corporate member of the IALD.

Metrics in Motion: Connected Lighting

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryMay 2nd 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.

ANSI/IES – RP-8-18
Practice for Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting

May 16th 12:00 PM ET
ANSI/IES RP-8-18 Committee Members Don MacLean and Paul Lutkevich will introduce the new standard in standards, Recommended Practice for Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting. This incredibly ambitious and accomplished endeavor puts all of a number of previous Standards regarding Roadway Lighting into one comprehensive tome. Items which would be covered would include:

RP-8-18Part 1 – Fundamentals
Chapter 1: Introduction to Roadway Lighting
Chapter 2: Vision and Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 3: Calculations
Chapter 4: Obtrusive Light
Chapter 5: The Planning and Design Process
Chapter 6: System Components
Chapter 7: Standards and Codes
Chapter 8: Computer Applications
Chapter 9: Maintenance and Operations
Part 2 – Design
Chapter 10: Highway and Interchange Lighting
Chapter 11: Street Lighting
Chapter 12: Intersections, Roundabouts and Crosswalks
Chapter 13: At-Grade Railway Crossings
Chapter 14: Tunnels
Chapter 15: Toll Plazas
Chapter 16: Off-Roadway Facilities
Chapter 17: Parking Lots and Parking Garages
Chapter 18: Roadway Sign Lighting
Chapter 19: Temporary and Work Zone Lighting

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

Don McLean
Don McLeanDon McLean is an engineering technician with 40+ years of experience. He is the president of DMD and Associates Ltd., a 50+ person electrical engineering firm specializing in street lighting and traffic signals.

Through his career, Don has focused on outdoor street lighting in the transportation sector. Don has been involved with over 5,000 projects including larger P3 transportation projects in the $1B+ range and over 700,000 street lights converted to LED.

Don has authored and co-authored a number of national engineering standards and publications for the IES, IMSA, Transportation Association of Canada, FHWA and NCHRP.

Paul Lutkevich
Paul LutkevichPaul Lutkevich is a Technical Director and Professional Fellow for lighting design at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. He has over 30 years experience in design and construction of infrastructure systems including roadways, tunnels, pedestrian facilities, and transit systems. He is actively involved in the development of national and international standards for outdoor lighting. Paul was also a member of the US delegation in the FHWA/AASHTO Bilateral Lighting Technology Exchange Program between outdoor lighting experts and international organizations in Europe. He has been involved in research with the FHWA investigating topics concerning lighting and safety, adaptive lighting implementation, visualization techniques, environmental and health impacts of lighting, and context-sensitive solutions. He has written and spoken extensively on the subjects of outdoor lighting including urban lighting, lighting for pedestrians, aesthetic considerations in outdoor lighting, and lighting for safety. He is a co-author for the Transportation Association of Canada’s outdoor lighting standards which used the latest research from North American and international sources to compile a comprehensive design guide for the outdoor environment. He is chair of the IES Roadway Standard Practice Sub-Committee. He also was the lead researcher for the revisions to the FHWA Roadway Lighting Handbook and is lead researcher for the NCHRP Solid State Lighting Guidelines.

Metrics in Motion: Color Metrics

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryJune 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, the 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.