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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AEI & IES DC Ice Skating Mixer @ Washington Harbour
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Thank you to LightArt and ASCE for their generous sponsorship.

Free to all members & all

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

Please contact Ashley Mandich ( with any questions regarding the event.

Click here to RSVP by 2/6!

Lighting Controls CEU Day @ Lutron Experience Center
Feb 28 all-day

More details to come.

[CANCELED] Chase the Dark with IALD @ Herman Miller Showroom DC
Mar 19 @ 5:30 am – 8:00 am

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been canceled. Our priority is not only the education of lighting professionals, but to the health and well being of all our associates.

IALD DC and IES DC Team up for a Chase the Dark Event featuring an LED, Glare, and Metrics Lecture by Naomi Miller, FIALD:
Please join us on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 P.M. at the Herman Miller Showroom in DC! There will be appetizers and refreshments as we test our creative abilities with the 2020 Chase the Dark theme: “One Beam of Light.” Attendees will play with Lucifer Lighting’s LED cylinders, putting their own creative spin on the theme. We encourage attendees to join in this global event by posting their lighting designs to social media with #IALDChaseDark. IALD members around the world will be posting throughout the night to the same hashtag!
Following the activity,  we will enjoy Naomi Miller’s much-anticipated discussion: LEDs, Glare, Metrics: We’re getting closer!
Discomfort glare has been the intractable bugaboo of lighting for decades. Whether it’s interior or exterior lighting, we’ve all sensed that LEDs can be worse than conventional lighting. Why? This talk will address what has been learned about luminance distribution across luminaire apertures, how and why edges and SPD affect glare perception, and how glare metrics are being modified to be better predictors. This topic is a prominent issue for specifiers and manufacturers. How do we improve products so that LEDs are not automatically associated with discomfort glare? Yes, there are tradeoffs between efficacy and ideal light distribution. Is there a happy medium between stellar efficacy and visual comfort?
The IES DC and IALD DC are so excited to share this creative & educational event with our local chapters! Thank you to our generous sponsors: Lighting Environments and Lucifer Lighting for making the event possible!  


Thursday, 19 March
6:00 – 8:00 P.M. 

Herman Miller Showroom DC
900 G St NW #100
Washington, DC 20001

This event is free-of-charge. Please register by clicking the button below by Monday, 16 March, 2020. For questions, please email IALD DC at

Candela Awards @ Hamilton Live
Jun 18 all-day
2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 4 all-day

August 24-28, 2020
August 31 – September 4, 2020

2020 IES Virtual Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

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

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.

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: Color Outside the Lines: Unconventional Applications for Dynamic Lighting
Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dynamic lighting unlocks a whole new layer of lighting capability for lighting designers and engineers, but do you know how to use it? What applications is it appropriate for and what can it be used to do? This presentation will explore some innovative ways to use dynamic light and showcase some unconventional examples. Presented by Brent Protzman, PHD and Craig Casey, of Lutron’s building science team, the presentation will explore use case examples, key details on how to think outside the box yourself, as well as how implement the strategies presented yourself.

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

PRESENTERS: Brent Protzman, PHD and Craig Casey
Brent ProtzmanBrent Protzman has a Ph.D in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska and is the author of numerous published articles on building science. Brent is a former professor and researcher in the Building Systems Program at the University of Colorado where he focused on human factors in lighting, daylighting performance, and energy audits and simulations. With this expertise, he has unique understanding of the interactions between human-centric design, operational efficiency, and sustainability. Brent serves on the Board of Directors for the Thread wireless networking technology as well as ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), on the Board of Advisors for the Light Concept of the WELL Building Standard, and on the IES Daylighting and Papers Committees. At Lutron, Brent is the director of Building Science and Standards Development. This team’s research and collaborations are often at the forefront of engineering, design innovation, and market growth.

Craig CaseyCraig Casey is a Building Science Leader at Lutron. Well-known in the lighting industry, he conducts applied research on energy and on the human benefits of lighting & daylighting controls. He has presented multiple times at the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)’s Annual Conference and has presented at LightFair the past three consecutive years. Craig currently sits on two committees within IES. Craig received the IES Presidential Award for chairing the 2015 Conference Steering Committee. He holds Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering degrees from Penn State, and is currently pursuing his PhD.

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: LP-2, Quality Lighting Design for People in Outdoor Environments
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Outdoor space has become valuable property. People are mobile and it is here, in the outdoor space, where people can stay connected with each other and the environment, enjoying a healthier and more social lifestyle… day and night. LP-2, Quality Lighting Design for People in Outdoor Environments, is brand new guidance from the IES. Pedestrians are more vulnerable than motorists, where they look and what they need in a lighted environment are considered and discussed. With design and reassurance at its core, this session will walk you through LP-2, describing pedestrian vision, lighting design considerations, and the design process for outdoor pedestrian spaces. Intuitively, we know pedestrians need to detect sidewalk hazards for physical safety. Additionally, to activate outdoor space, there must be a high priority on pedestrian emotion and reassurance so they choose to engage with the space. Seeing other people, destinations, making threat assessments, and being able to navigate with confidence are key to the lighting design process for outdoor pedestrians.

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

Shirley Coyle, Moderator
Shirley Coyle, LCShirley Coyle has been a member of the IES for 36 years and has served in several responsible capacities in the past: President of the Toronto Section, District Chair and Board of Directors. She serves on several IES committees including Roadway Lighting, Outdoor Environmental Lighting, and Street & Area Lighting. Coyle is also a committee member for several CSA Group standards committees on lighting including Roadway and Solid State Lighting and is a Past-President of the IES.

Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, FIALD, LC, LEED Fellow
CEO Clanton & Associates, Inc.
Nancy ClantonNancy Clanton is CEO of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable and regenerative design. Nancy is a registered Professional Engineer. Nancy is chair of the IES Lighting for Outdoor Pedestrian Spaces Committee. Nancy is a member of the National Academy of Science committee on the assessment of solid state lighting. Nancy is International Standards Organization (ISO) 205 WG 7,USA delegate. Nancy received the 2018 Edison Report Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 ACEC Colorado Outstanding Woman Engineer Award and the International CleanDesign Award. Nancy is a member of the WellBuilding “Light” advisory group, has served on the USGBC LEED Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, was lighting group leader for Greening of the White House, led the lighting workshops for the C40 conference in Seoul, was twice awarded the IES Presidential Award, and received the 2019 IES Louis B. Marks Award.

Randy Burkett
Randy BurkettRandy Burkett is the President and Design Principal of Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc. Since he began professional practice, he has been responsible for the lighting of numerous national and international commissions. His diverse portfolio comprises museums, retail malls and stores, corporate headquarters, offices, health care and laboratory facilities, urban parks, site developments and building exteriors. Randy is an active member of the IALD and is a past President and former Board member of the organization. He is an IES Fellow and a member of the IES Dark Adapted Glare Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces committees. He has authored design and technical articles appearing in publications in over 40 countries. He is a frequent speaker to professional organizations on a variety of lighting design subjects and has served as an instructor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Maryville University in St. Louis. He is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Washington University’s Graduate School of Architecture.