The District of Columbia Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day
IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference

The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end-users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the SALC without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope you find this virtual conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

DATES: October 26 – October 28, 2020
There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members

Webinar: Lighting Editors Discuss Trends & New Technologies in preparation for the upcoming DOE/IES Workshop
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Whose job is it to keep up with information that impacts lighting professionals? Who keeps their fingers on the pulse of our lighting community? The answer is the editors of the websites and publications that inform us about the trends and new technologies shaping our industry. Having collected and disseminated massive content that relates to lighting puts them in a position to see a broader perspective than most of us have the time to develop. It would be valuable to sit down with them and learn how the massive amount of knowledge they report on coalesces into trends that affect us now and will influence our future. You are invited to sit down with…

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

Randy Reid – Editor of Edison Report
Paul Tarricone – Editor of Lighting Design & Application Magazine
Al Uszynski – Editor of Inside.Lighting
Maury Wright – Editor of LEDs Magazine

…and your host, Mark Lien, for a discussion that anticipates the upcoming DOE/IES Workshop scheduled for February 1st-4th. This years Workshop is meeting the moment with timely sessions reflecting the state of our industry and projecting how trends and new technologies will alter our lives. Who better to prepare us for these topics than the people who have been following and reporting on them? Join us to ready yourself for the upcoming workshop or just to hear from these uniquely informed professionals as they discuss how our lighting community is being transformed.

Randy ReidRandy Reid – Editor of Edison Report
Randy Reid has helped shape the lighting market over the past four decades. Reid began his career in 1983 with GE Lighting. He served as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2002-2003. Further, Mr. Reid was a member of the LIGHTFAIR Management Committee, 2001-2003 and served on the LIGHTFAIR Advisory Committee in 2006. Mr. Reid was chairman for the IES Annual Conference in 2010 and received the President’s Award in 2011 and again in 2020. Reid is the owner of LumEfficient, a heavy industrial lighting company. In 2018, LumEfficient, received a LIGHTFAIR Innovation Award as well as a Progress Report Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society. In February of 2019, Reid was appointed the Executive Director of the National Lighting Bureau—a non-profit organization dedicated to high benefit lighting. In 2020, Reid launched a new digital magazine called designing lighting, which is a new voice for the lighting design community. Mr. Reid is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was mobilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002, where he worked in the Surgeon’s office at the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Alabama and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.

Paul TarriconePaul Tarricone – Editor of Lighting Design & Application Magazine
Paul Tarricone has more than two decades of experience in association and business-to-business publishing, specializing in the engineering, design, construction and facilities management markets. Mr. Tarricone currently serves as Editor and Publisher of Lighting Design + Application, the official magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society. The magazine has won a number of EXCEL, Association Trends and TABBIE awards for editorial excellence and design. He has also presented at a number of association publishing events in both Washington D.C. and New York.

Al UszynskiAl Uszynski – Editor of Inside.Lighting
Al Uszynski is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of lighting industry experience. He is the Principal of, an online media company that provides valuable resources to lighting industry professionals. Additionally, Al provides strategy consulting and serves in advisory roles for select clients.

Al has held management roles with leading lighting companies including CEO of Traxon Technologies, a division of Osram; Area Vice President for Cooper Lighting; and National Sales Manager for Hubbell Lighting. Al also served as an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University, instructing courses on Professional Selling and Public Speaking. A recipient of an Alumni Award for Meritorious Service from the Villanova University College of Engineering, Al mentors college students in applying engineering degrees to non-traditional technical career paths.

Maury WrightMaury Wright – editor of LEDs Magazine
Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.

Mark Lein, LCMark Lien – Industry Relations Manager, IES
Mark has designed lighting systems for a wide range of applications including residential, retail, healthcare and both conventional and nuclear power plants. He has provided lighting education, working, presenting and teaching throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He serves on the Executive Committees for the 90.1 Energy Code, and the 189.1 committee that writes the International Green Construction Code and the Steering Committee for the Advanced Energy Design Guides. Mark is an active member of multiple other IES, ASHRAE, IEEE, ISO and ANSI Committees. He is a columnist for Lighting Design and Application Magazine writing on the changes in our industry and he hosts a podcast on lighting trends and technologies. Mark served as Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association Light Source Committee and the IES Progress Committee and as Vice-Chair of the National Lighting Bureau.

He has attained the Lighting Certified (LC) credential and is a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP). In addition, Mark is a Certified Lighting Management Consultant (CLMC) and a LEED Accredited Professional. He also holds the High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) certification. After two decades of lighting design and sales, Mark ran the educational centers for both Cooper and Hubbell Lighting and was the Director of Government & Industry Relations for OSRAM SYLVANIA. He joined the staff of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2016.

Webinar: Flicker Metrics & Other Quandaries with Naomi Miller
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for a virtual presentation on LED Flicker Metrics presented by Naomi Miller of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Thank you to our generous sponsor LightArt!

Event Description:
LED’s are a terrific light source with only a few shortcomings. Potential flicker, or more precisely, temporal light artifacts (TLA), is one of them. The response to the light modulation can range from none to mild annoyance, to catastrophic. There are three distinct forms of TLA, two of which are tricky to characterize with metrics for prediction and measurement. This talk will address the fundamentals of the science, the possible metrics, and some simple tools you can use to detect and avoid flicker.

Learning objectives:


  1. Define and Describe “Flicker” Temporal Light Artifacts (TLA),
  2. Discuss the ramifications of TLA in our built environments,
  3. Instruct on best available metrics for measuring and documenting TLA, and
  4. Advise on approaches to minimize TLA in lighting application.

Naomi MillerNaomi Miller has been a Senior Lighting Research Scientist since joining PNNL in 2009. Ms. Miller’s work focuses on bridging the knowledge gap between technology and application. She works with clients and stakeholders to overcome the hurdles facing the adoption of energy efficient lighting products. Her research also focuses on lighting quality and the human impacts of light.

Prior to coming to PNNL, Ms. Miller was the Principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, New York. With over 30 architectural lighting design awards, Ms. Miller is a nationally recognized expert in the field of lighting. She chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IES) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES’s Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She currently serves on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors and is both a Fellow of the IES and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

This course qualifies for (1) IES CEU. Attendees must attend the entire webinar to receive the CEU. The Zoom link will be sent to attendees the day prior to the event.

$10.00 – IES Member
$20.00 – Non-IES Member
FREE – IES EP & Student Member
$5.00 – Non-IES EP & Student Member

The Zoom link will be sent to attendees the day prior to the event

Webinar: Horticultural Lighting Design & Industry Updates
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Horticultural Lighting Design & Industry Updates

Food and agriculture innovation could become a $700 billion market by 2030, and the number one impact on yield is lighting. The difference between architectural and horticultural lighting design is simple: architectural lighting is for people, while horticultural lighting is for plants. People rely on light to perceive their world, while plants rely on light to perform photosynthesis.

It should come as no surprise then that plants rely on light for more than just photosynthesis. The challenge for professional lighting designers is to effectively communicate with the client, including horticulturalists, farmers, and greenhouse and vertical farm operators. Concepts such as photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), photoperiods, long- and short-day plants, and daily light integrals (DLI) are easy to master, but there is much more. Photomorphogenesis, phototropism, shade avoidance, secondary metabolites, and circadian rhythms are dependent on ultraviolet radiation and visible light from 280 to 800 nm. These important characteristics are impacted by lighting design, uniformity, spectral quality, and intensity.

Join representatives from Resource Innovation Institute and D+R International to learn about the fundamentals of horticultural lighting design, industry developments, and IES’ recently developed Recommended Practice for Horticultural Lighting RP-45.

Attendees will be eligible for 1 IES CEU and 1 AIA HSW LU. Those that do not register prior to the event or individuals that did not view the entire presentation, will not earn a CEU or LU. Attendees must attend the entire webinar to receive the CEU or LU. The Zoom link will be available in your Eventbrite registration email.

FREE – All Members & Non-Members
$10 – Suggested Donation* Amount
(*All donations go toward the IESDC Student Scholarship and IES Conference Emerging Professional Scholarship)

Webinar: Who’s Who in the Lighting Industry
Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Webinar: Who's Who in the Lighting Industry

Please join us for our APRIL VIRTUAL Student & EP’s panelist event!

or Emerging Professionals & Students pursuing Lighting Design, Interior Design, or related engineering careers, join us as our panelists discuss the lighting design process, their roles in value engineering efforts, and how to improve communication across teams and preventing potential issues along the process.

The event will consists of an hour of panel discussion, followed by half an hour of Q&A with the audience. The panelists will include a Lighting Designer, Electrical Engineer, Lighting Representative, Electrical/General Contractor, Distributor, and an Architect/Interior Designer.

Panelists Include:

  • Lighting Designer – Debra Gilmore (Gilmore Lighting Design)
  • Electrical Engineer – Mark Sangern (CRB Engineering)
  • Lighting Representative – Brian Walsh (Federated Lighting)
  • Electrical Contractor/Gen. Contractor – Jon Ellen (Davis Construction)
  • Distributor – Steve Fentress (CNR Lighting)
  • Architect/Interior designer – Jessica Maples (Gensler) and/or Sean Wayne
Webinar: DC’s New Building Energy Performance Standards
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Webinar: DC's New Building Energy Performance Standards

Join us to learn about D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment’s new Building Energy Performance Standards that were set on January 1, 2021. We’ll discuss the structure of the legislation, how buildings are evaluated, and how buildings that do not meet the standard will need to comply. We’ll also discuss what this means for the lighting industry and how IES members can respond.

The presentation will be by Dr. Sharon Jaye, SFP
Dr. Sharon Jaye is a Climate Advisor for Buildings in the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge with the Natural Resources Defense Council. For the past two years, she has been detailed to the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment to assist in the development of the building energy performance standards program. She has more than 15 years of sustainable facility management experience and holds a Sustainability Facility Professional credential from IFMA.

The 7th Annual Candela Awards @ The Hamilton Live
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 7th Annual Candela Awards


More information to follow.
Contact IESDC Candela Awards Co-Chairs Amanda
Fentress and Jordan Calhoun
at [email protected] with any questions.

[POSTPONED] Ice Skating Mixer with AEI @ Washington Harbour
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Due to the ongoing pandemic and recent surges in numbers, the ice skating social with AEI has been postponed and new date to come. Please stay tuned for future physical and virtual events.

Please join us and AEI’s (Architectural Engineering Institute) DC Chapter members for a fun time mingling and networking!

Free to all members & all

Convenient to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Metro Line.

Please contact Ashley Mandich ([email protected]) with any questions regarding the event.

3rd Annual TopGolf Tournament Fundraiser @ TopGolf National Harbor
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Please join us for a fun night of Top Golf to support our local IESDC Section!

About this event
Please join us for a fun evening playing Top Golf at National Harbor location to support our local IESDC Section! All proceeds will go towards IESDC to help fund our annual student scholarship and other educational events throughout the year.

Fajita Fiesta buffet, along with full open bar is included in the ticket price – just bring your A-game – this will be a competition!! The winning team will take home bragging rights and a trophy. The competition will be “TopGolf ” style with each game including 20 balls per player. There will be (2) rounds of competition, and TopGolf will average your group scores. If you are new to TopGolf or the game of golf in general – no worries! There will be TopGolf Coaches available for instruction. We welcome all players of all skill levels.

This is a Lighting Industry wide networking event! All are welcome, including Lighting Manufacturers, Manufacturer’s Reps, General Contractors, Distributors, Electrical Contractors, Architects, Interior Designers, Lighting Designers and anyone interested in the lighting and electrical fields. Buy a bay and invite your industry friends to play in support of your local IESDC Section! Each bay holds 6 players. If you need help filling a bay please let us know.

The Buffet Dinner and Open Bar are graciously sponsored. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 27th!

Please contact Marissa or Amanda with any questions regarding the event.

Marissa Klink
[email protected]

Amanda Fentress
[email protected]

Cheers! And Good Luck!

8th Annual Candela Awards @ The Hamilton Live
Jun 30 all-day

Save the Date! More details to come.