IES Chicago: Emerging Professionals: Jazzin’ at the Shedd @ Shedd Aquarium
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Are you a current student or professional within 5 years of entering the lighting industry? If so, please join us at the Shedd Aquarium for live jazz, drinks, and mingling with other Emerging Professionals. Event runs 6:30-9:30pm on Wednesday, August 22nd. Sit and enjoy some jazz or grab a drink at the cash/credit bars as you explore the museum.

For more information, contact Grayson Cunningham (

IES Memphis: Smart Lighting @ Jason's Deli
Sep 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Please join us at Jason’s Deli for speaker Ron Steen. This will be a connected lighting talk which addresses different wireless protocols, how data is being moved and what kind of data is being collected and transmitted. We will address Application Program Interfaces (API’s) and content delivery from digital lighting.

Ron SteenRon Steen is a veteran in the LED application space. He first started playing with LEDs in 1995 while working as an engineer at General Motors and is credited with bringing the first LED Tail lamp to market on the 2000 Cadillac DeVille and subsequently started pioneering the LED headlamp. Since making the jump to general lighting in 2004 with Philips as Director of LED Systems and Drivers, Ron continued to stay at the forefront of LED adoption. In his role as VP of Business Development for Xicato Ron has been a driving force to change the LED dialog from Lumens per Watt to Quality of Light and is now focused on exploring the world of connected lighting.

Please order FOOD ONLY at the restaurant counter: NO drinks (they are complimentary). Please tell them you are attending the IES Presentation in the Conference Room. You will NOT be charged and your food will be delivered to you in the Conference Room. Please pay the IES Treasurer $20 (Cash or Check payable to “IES Mid-South Chapter”).

IES Chicago: Fundamentals of Lighting – Fall 2018 @ Smith Group JJR
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm

This six-week course provides comprehensive instruction on state-of-the-art lighting practices. In a basic, straightforward manner, course modules provide up-to-date material on systems, equipment, calculation procedures, and terminology. Ideal for individuals relatively new to the lighting industry, having only a basic awareness of lighting, or for professionals wanting a thorough overview of the field. The cost of Fundamentals of Lighting course material is included in the registration fee.

Course Dates – Fall 2018:
(all courses are held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm)

Sep 11 – Overview (History, Professional Practice, Physics, Vision, Color, Light and Health)
Sep 18 – Electric Light Sources and Auxiilary Gear
Sep 25 – Luminaires
Oct 2 – Controls
Oct 9 – Lighting Design Process
Oct 16 – Interiors, Including Sustainability, Commissioning
Oct 23 – Exteriors, Including Light Pollution

Smith Group JJR
35 E Wacker Dr, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60601

Registration Deadline is September 4th

IES Chicago: 2018 Illumination Awards Banquet @ Palmer House Hilton - Empire Room
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for the IES Chicago 2018 Illumination Awards Banquet as we review this year’s top lighting projects by Chicago designers.

Entries to the Emerging Professionals luminaire design competition will be displayed, and the photo booth is back by popular demand!

September 13th, 2018

Social Hour with open bar & passed hors d’oeuvres @ 5:30PM
Dinner & awards @ 6:30PM
After Party with open bar @ 8:00PM

Palmer House Hilton – Empire Room
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Attire: Formal

Top shelf liquor upgrade sponsored by Luminii

Individual Seats: $130
10-Seat Tables: $1300

If you are interested in sponsoring any aspect of the Awards Banquet, please contact Miory Kightlinger at

To purchase a table or seat, please contact Josh Davis at by August 10th.
Payment due by August 17th. Limited space available.

IES Webinar: Lighting for Horticulture
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Humans see visible light; plants perceive and respond to electromagnetic radiation. For all that we have learned and know about lighting design for architectural and roadway applications, surprisingly little of this is relevant to horticultural lighting design. Greenhouses and vertical farms may look like the proverbial “empty rectangular box” for which calculations using the Lumen Method might be sufficient, but plants are much more sophisticated than they first appear. Topics of interest include daily light integrals, short- and long-day plants, shade avoidance syndrome (SAS), red to far-red ratios (R:FR), ultraviolet resistance, photopigments (chlorophylls, phytochromes, cryptochromes, phototropins, and UVR8), photosynthesis and photomorphogenesis, secondary metabolites … the list goes on. Perhaps surprisingly, what lighting designers can bring to the conversation is knowledge of climate-based annual daylight availability. Horticultural lighting design is a fascinating and ongoing discussion between lighting designers, luminaire manufacturers, horticulturists, and floriculturists.

89th Annual IESALC Technology Meeting @ Marriott New Orleans
Sep 30 – Oct 4 all-day

The 89th Annual IESALC Technology Meeting will be held September 30 – October 4, 2018 at Marriott New Orleans

Hotel rooms are availalbe for $199 and are under IESALC room block

Technology Meeting Registration:

  • Early Registration $715 – Ends August 15, 2018
  • Registration $815 – August 16, 2018 to September 26, 2018
  • Onsite Registration $915 – After September 26, 2018

We are offering again this year a Special Discount for the second attendee of airport maintenance group.

Please contact Faith Adams, 2018 IESALC Chair with any questions,

illi 2018 ‘Intensive Course’ @ The University of Oklahoma - OU
Oct 11 – Oct 16 all-day

This 5 day/5 evening class, created in 2010 by internationally acclaimed lighting designer Janet Lennox Moyer, is instructed by a dedicated team of 16 professional lighting designers and installers. Our attendee (18) to mentor (16) ratio, nearly one to one, is designed to allow each attendee to focus on their learning experience. Our mentors will guide you through a series of 24 lecture presentations, 8 manufacturers’ demonstrations, and 24 hours of intensive hands-on field work; we begin classes at 7:45 a.m. and return to the hotel at 10:30 p.m. Our huge collection of state-of-the-art lighting equipment, the largest and most extensive in the world, will allow you to field test equipment from all major lighting manufacturers and explore landscape lighting productively and creatively.

Your learning experience is centered on landscape lighting design. Internationally renowned lighting designer, Janet Lennox Moyer will personally advise and critique your group design concepts. You will work in three teams of six to design, create, and install a temporary landscape lighting ‘mock-up’, each under the instruction of a team of three landscape lighting professionals. On the final evening, your team will present your project to Jan, your mentor team, and an invited public audience (generally about 200 visitors).

Upon completion of the Intensive Course you will be able to conceptualize, plan, and spec beautiful landscape lighting designs. You will take with you the technical skills of design graphics and documentation, low-voltage lighting system installation, and the proper maintenance procedures to insure the longevity and beauty of your clients’ landscape lighting systems.

For more information, please contact Scott Williams, illi Executive Director – 405.837.0236 or

NOMA 2018 @ Palmer House Hotel
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day

The National Organization of Minority Architects is excited to announce the upcoming 46th Annual NOMA Conference, NOMA UNBOUNDED – The Convergence of a Legacy, taking place October 17th – 20th, 2018 at the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Each year 600+ minority architects, urban designers, community activist and students from across the country come together in fellowship for the annual NOMA conference. This year the local Illinois NOMA Chapter is excited to celebrate the rich history and success of our chapter, accomplished members, and beloved city as we explore a new “conference without walls” concept that expands traditional conference programs by leveraging nearby organization, institutions and architecture fi rms to host more than 2/3 of the conference seminars and events.

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by
promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. NOMA is a non-profi t organization committed to impacting our communities through design and education as we work to minimize the effect of discrimination within our profession and strengthen the awareness and career opportunities for minorities within the fi eld of architecture and design.

IES Webinar: Solving LED Dimming Issues in Retrofit Projects
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

IES WebinarsLEDs are the go to light source for the replacement of existing lamps and luminaires providing a significant reduction in energy and an extended lifespan. LEDs can fit any form factor, and are extremely malleable compared to what we’ve been using in the past. However, dimming LEDs require careful coordination of lamps, drivers and controls to ensure proper performance. The session walks through dimming expectations for LEDs vs. incandescent such as dimming floor, color temperature, and linearity; the most common problems with LED dimming such as power line noise and how to address them. Participants to this webinar are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

IES Webinar: A New Measure of Color Discrimination
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Color rendition is commonly considered within three conceptual frameworks; color fidelity (the rendition of objects such that they appear as they would under a familiar reference illuminant), color preference (the rendition of objects such that they appear pleasant, vivid, or flattering), and color discrimination (the ability to distinguish colors of slightly different hue when viewed simultaneously). Color discrimination has been studied less frequently than color fidelity or color preference, though it is no less important. This presentation will summarize the previous literature on color discrimination and discuss recent work in this area. A recently published study by the current speaker will be discussed, which dispels the conventional wisdom that gamut area is a predictive color discrimination metric. This presentation will detail a new measure of color discrimination, which shows strong predictive ability of experimental results. Participants to this webinar are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).