IES Progress Report

The IES Progress Committee is mandated to, “keep in touch with developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world, and prepare a yearly review of achievements for the Illuminating Engineering Society”. This program offers you an opportunity to present your important new products, research, publications, and activities of the past year.


 Instructional video
 Example Good Submission [PDF 74KB]
 Example Poor Submission [PDF 77KB]
 Previous IES Progress Reports (2017 [PDF 1.5MB] |2016 [PDF 6.5MB] | 2015 [PDF 1.5MB] | 2014 [PDF 1.7MB])


Submittal Deadline – May 29, 2017

Accepted submittals will be:

  • Presented during the Progress Report at the Annual Conference
  • Posted on the IES website
  • Awarded a presentation-grade certificate
  • Published in LD+A
  • Able to use an electronic seal from the IES Progress Report for use in marketing materials
  • Available in a slide show or video format for section meetings
  • Visual Performance
  • Optical Performance *
  • Efficiency / Energy *
  • Size *
  • Life *
  • Expand Lighting Impact
  • Lighting Market Growth
  • First to Market
  • Misc
  • A significant advancement in the art or science of lighting.
  • Advancement(s) in methods or aids to facilitate lighting design and/or application.

* Provide specific information on how your product is a technological advancement over existing, comparable products.


Submissions must conform to the following requirements:

  1. Anyone may contribute submittals.
  2. Submittals must be entered via the IES website form no later than May 29, 2017. Submittals received after this date will not be considered.
  3. Fee:
    • There is a $50 per submittal non-refundable fee that will be charged at the end of the online application process. This fee is used, in part, to cover the expenses incurred in organizing and presenting the Progress Report. MC, Visa and AMEX credit cards are accepted.
    • To encourage early submittals, the non-refundable submittal fee will increase to $75 on May 7, 2017.
    • Please confirm with your company that this is the only submission for this product. We need your assistance to eliminate duplicate submissions and payments for the same product entry.
  4. Commercial Introduction:
    • All lighting PRODUCTS must be introduced commercially between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.
    • All RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS and DESIGN TOOLS must be completed (including all materials and/or research results) and announced between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.
  5. Physical (or decorative) aesthetics alone are not considered as an acceptance criterion.
  6. The Progress Committee may disqualify a submission without full review if any of the Instructions, Guidelines and Requirements are not met by the submitter.

The Progress Committee utilizes the Progress Report Submittal Form and Accompanying Materials when considering an item for acceptance. First, tell us WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT or unique about the submittal compared to existing product in the industry. Then, SUPPORT IT WITH APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS. Product submissions must demonstrate evidence of “progress” in the industry. Submitters may be contacted by committee members (not IES staff) if additional material is needed prior to the review.

Due to the ever-increasing number of submittals, the fixed time frame for presentation of the Progress Report and feedback from our audience, the Progress Committee will be more critical in its review and acceptance of products than in past years. It is therefore of vital importance that the submitter emphasize and focus on those technical characteristics that set it apart from other products in the marketplace.

Accompanying Materials:
In addition to the form, each submittal must include a photo and technical data as evidence to support significance claims. The Progress Committee requires a competitive comparison of the submitted product to appropriate products already in the marketplace prior to the beginning of the commercial introduction window (see above under Instructions, item 4). This requirement applies to products that claim an improvement in technical features, such as efficiency, efficacy, size, life or optical performance. New technologies, research, publications, design tools and totally new product types are not required to have a competitive comparison since one would not be feasible.

Product Images:

  • Include one or more JPG product image files with your submission.
  • Product image files must be high resolution with a minimum of 1000 pixels along each image axis.
  • Images are a photo(s) of the product, the cover/introduction page of the research or publication, or captured images of the design tool in action.
  • The image(s) may show a company logo ONLY if it is normally on the product. No additional company logo or information can be added to the image that further promotes the product.
  • The Progress Committee reserves the right to use or duplicate images for presentation and for publication.

Support Documents:

  • You MUST provide appropriate supporting information for each of your significance claims. You are required to attach an electronic file for each technical significance before you can complete the online form.
  • A competitive market comparison/matrix is required for products that claim an advancement in a technical feature. This information is for Committee use only and will not be distributed or published.
  • Support files may include, but are not limited to:
    • Catalog sheets / cut sheets / installation drawings
    • Test records – photometric tests (pdf), LM-79/80 reports, independent test reports (.IES files are not appropriate)
    • Calculations – layout showing dimensions, calculation summary and light levels
    • Drawings, illustrations
    • NO executable files (*.exe) or raw data files (*.ies) are accepted, they will not be used in the review
    • Marketing brochures must include technical information and verified data, not just product photos
  • The total size of the attached support documents may not exceed 10MB.


Progress Report Submittal FAQs
  • What is the mission of the IES Progress Report? +

    The IES Progress Report is designed to report significant developments to the membership each year at the annual Conference. Developments can include products, publications, tools or research in the field of illumination. During the Invitation to Submit, the IES Progress Committee reviews developments in the field of Illuminating Engineering and accepts those developments considered a significant advancement to what exists in the field.
  • Why are “Applications” no longer a category? +

    When the Progress Committee began over 100 years ago there were few national organizations that recognized lighting applications. Now there are many organizations that were formed to solely represent applications. The category was eliminated to avoid duplication of efforts of other organizations.
  • What is the difference between “submitter information” and “contact information”? +

    The submitter is the person who is actually submitting the electronic form (whether it is a company employee, an outside advertising company, etc). If the Progress Committee has a question about the form, we will contact the submitter. The contact person is the person who should receive public inquiries about the product after it is presented by the Progress Committee. Normally, the contact person's information will be made available at the Progress Report presentation at the Conference. The submitter and contact information can be the same.
  • Who can I contact for guidance with the required information to complete a submittal form? +

    If you have questions or want to discuss the form before it is submitted you may contact the IES Progress Committee Chair or through our email: Once you submit your form, it is assigned to an IES Progress Committee member. They should be your first point of contact followed by the Chair or our email.
  • If my product is accepted, how am I able to use the IES Progress Seal on my collateral? +

    If your product is accepted, you will receive a congratulatory letter from a Progress Committee member containing information on how to access the seal electronically. This seal may be used for the SPECIFIC product that was accepted and it may be used on any business collateral that is distributed. It may not be shown with products not accepted by the committee. The seal is dated (by year) so you may keep using the seal on the associated product as long as the year stays constant.
  • What does “provide specific information on how your product is a technological advancement” mean? +

    Very often we receive “significances” which are vague. Reasons such as “full color spectrum”, “long life”, “low profile”, “extensive product line”, etc. do not provide a specific reason as to why your product is superior to your competition. Please use more descriptive phrases such as “only lamp to provide both 100 CRI and a wavelength distribution curve with peaks in both red and blue”, or “only linear fluorescent luminaire in the industry that has 20 lamp wattages available with 8 unique mounting types and 12 lens options”. In other words, superlative phrases.
  • Why do I have to have an attachment for each significance listed? +

    It helps the Progress Committee find the supporting data for each significance more easily. Each attachment is linked your significance number on the submittal form.
  • Are line extensions automatically accepted if the original product was accepted by the IES Progress Committee? +

    The Progress Committee will accept a line extension if it is a significant advantage over what is currently available. The product must have unique features and cannot only just fill a hole in the current product line.
  • Do I need to supply a competitive matrix with my submittal? +

    Yes. Acceptance by the Progress Committee is dependent on the submittal's advancement in the lighting industry. No one knows better about the uniqueness of the submitted product than the submitter. The matrix is required so the members of the Progress Committee can have the best understanding of the differentiating features of the product. By comparing those features to other available, similar products, the Committee can have a clear picture of why the submitted item stands out in the lighting industry.
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