The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 9-11 in Boston Massachusetts provides a range of educational programming—including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2018 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth. The theme of this year’s conference is “Light.Balance.” (#IESLightBalance)


  • For a breakdown of conference fees or to fax in your registration information, please use this form: Download Registration Form [PDF 165KB]

A block of rooms is being held at The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel for Annual Conference attendees. Click here to book your room at the discounted rate of $249 plus taxes. The deadline to book your room is July 16, 2018.

The conference begins Thursday evening August 9 – Opening Night – with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by 2 exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.

Please revisit this page later as we announce details about the 2018 Annual Conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston.

If you have any general questions, or just wish to speak with someone at IES about the Annual Conference, Conference, please contact the office at 212-248-5000 or

Interested in sponsorship opportunities at the IES Annual Conference, please contact Jennifer Marotta Collin at