The Raleigh 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 Raleigh Bowling Social @ Kings Dining & Entertainment - Raleigh
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
IES Raleigh Bowling Social @ Kings Dining & Entertainment - Raleigh

Network with fellow IES members, enjoy two hours of bowling and made from scratch salad and handcrafted pizzas!

Come join the fun including two hours of bowling, a prize raffle, and plenty of food! This event is been an exciting way for local specifiers, engineers, designers, manufacturers and distributors to come together, compete, and support the local IES chapter.

Trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as Best Individual Bowler, the group with the most Team Spirit and Best Team Name!

Bowling kick-off is at 5:30 and awards will be given after 7:30pm.

Ticket purchase includes bowling shoes and socks, made from scratch house salads, and hand crafted gourmet pizzas. IES will NOT be offering drink tickets for this event.

All ticket sales are final.

*Please consider sponsoring the event or donating a prize to the prize raffle*.

[POSTPONED] Learning & Lighting Dinner: Human Centric Lighting @ Clouds Brewing
Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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


Join your fellow IES members for dinner and lecture at Cloud Brewing! Learn the effects of chrono-biologically driven dynamic lighting on office workers’ well-being, sleep quality and physiology. Lisa Bertolino, CLEP, Southeast RSM Zumtobel Lighting will be our guest speaker for the evening.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The basics of human-centric lighting and how lighting in offices affects the well-being of people
  • Trends in working styles and office environments
  • An ecosystem approach to human-centric lighting of ˜Right Light in Time”,˜Right Light for the Task” and ˜Right Light for You”
  • Understand what constitutes the ˜Best Light for Offices”, going beyond the light fixture to the needs and preferences of people

This lecture qualifies for 1 AIA CES/ 1 LEU

Dinner is included in the cost of the program. A 3-course plated dinner with limited entrée choices and includes soft drinks and tea. Cash bar on site.

SPEAKER: Lisa Bertolino, CLEP, Southeast RSM Zumtobel Lighting

Lisa BertolinoLisa has guest lectured at several Northern Virginia Universities within their lighting curriculums. She has been very active nationally for the IES on the College and University Liaison, Marketing and IIDA Judging committees. She also served locally on the IES Capital Section in all roles including the President and on the Board of Managers. She was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award and Meritorious Award for her years of service and dedication to the IESNA.

Thank you to our event sponsors Zumtobel and Litesource.

LEARNING & LIGHTING WEBINAR: POE for Commercial Applications
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join IES Raleigh Section for a Learning Lighting webinar!

POE (power over ethernet) for commercial lighting applications and a brief intro to IoT (internet of things) for lighting networks. Learning objectives; attendees will be able to identify key terms and contents for PoE solutions, including appropriate application and trends in the market. Attendees will also receive a brief introduction to IoT. Derek Loyer – Director of IoT at Cree Lighting will be our guest speaker.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Basics of Power Over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Current trends and market conditions related to the technology.
  • A brief introduction to the internet of things (IoT)
  • Case study examples, and how lighting is emerging as the backbone of IoT in smart buildings.

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This lecture qualifies for 1 AIA CES/ 1 LEU

One CEU credit (self-reporting).

About the Speaker:
Derek Loyer, Director of IoT at Cree Lighting has spent the last 10 years in the lighting and smart building space. He is founder of data analytics company nanochomp and acts as Director of IoT at Cree Lighting. For the last 5 years Derek has focused on smart buildings using intelligent lighting (wireless and PoE) as well as sensor networks as tools for better end-user outcomes. Derek holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science.

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.

There will be no virtual tabletop sessions this year. We will resume tabletops when we return to an in-person annual conference.

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.

Virtual Happy Hour
Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Happy Hour

Let’s kick off the 20-21 year in true pandemic style with a virtual gathering to check in with old friends, see new faces, toss a couple back, and see what’s on tap for the coming year.

Tuesday September 15th,  5:30 PM Cocktails, Meeting 6:00 PM

Click here to download the IES Raleigh Signature Cocktail recipe. [PDF 412KB]

Webinar: The Downlight Dilemma
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: The Downlight Dilemma

Join us Friday, October 20th at 12pm for online learning with our two speakers Leah Robinson and Rudy Barber as they present The Downlight Dilemma; state inspector requirements for downlight access in hard ceilings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify product features to support SCO inspector approval
  • Understand installation requirements necessary for SCO inspector approval
  • Learn about risks to manufacturers, sales reps, distributors, contractors, and specifiers

These updated requirements from the Office of State Construction could effect your projects! Learn how the prevalence of small-aperture downlights have effected installation and maintenance and what you need to know to navigate these changes.


Leah Robinson is a senior lighting designer for PIVOTAL® Lighting Design, the architectural lighting studio within Affiliated Engineers. Over the past 2 decades, Leah has worked extensively on higher education and healthcare projects for the State of North Carolina as well as public and private institutions in the region. Leah is a licensed engineer and lighting certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions. Leah serves as the current IES Raleigh section President for the 2020/ 2021 year and held various positions within IES.

Rudy Barber is the President, Specification Sales, at Team Lighting. He has been in this role for the past 10 years. Previously Rudy owned Barber Electric Co., an office, industrial and high end residential electrical contractor. Prior to that, Rudy was a Commercial Real Estate Broker, 10 years specializing in office, industrial and land leasing and sales . Rudy has served as the past IES Raleigh section president and held various other positions within IES.

Webinar: GERMICIDAL UV 101
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Webinar: GERMICIDAL UV 101

COVID-19 has affected everyone in 2020. One proven measure that can kill SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses is the use of ultraviolet radiation (UV) to disinfect spaces and make them safe. But there is more we need to learn to solve this complex problem we face today.

All lighting practitioners should tune in to learn about the history of the use of germicidal ultraviolet radiation (GUV), demystifying the science behind what makes it work, consider potential impact on humans, the technology available today and what we expect to see in the near future.

(Qualifies for 1 LEU)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what GUV radiation is, the science behind it and how it works.
  • Explain the potential positive and negative impacts on human beings.
  • Discuss the GUV disinfection technologies available now and in the near future.
  • Identify why a lighting practitioner should learn this now.

About Our Speakers:

Mai Carr Zakerin, LC, Specification Sales Manager LiteSource

Mai is a lighting professional with over 3 decades of multifaceted roles in lighting and building industry. Previously at Cree Lighting, Mai helped transform the lighting industry to LED as Global Market Development Manager at the startup in LED lighting. As Cree’s Product Strategy Manager, she guided advanced technology R&D and innovative LED lights/PoE controls development. Mai has two decades experience in lighting design/electrical engineering/project management in Los Angeles & San Francisco, California, where she managed diverse healthcare & commercial projects including hospital/MOB, science/labs, civic, educational, hospitality, retail, landscape, urban/campus development, & more.Mai is also Lighting Certified, licensed NC Building General Contractor & NC/CA Real Estate Broker.

Aparna M. Sproelich, LC, Business Development/ Program Management/ ManufacturingFounder/Principal at One B Group, LLC

Aparna started her journey in lighting at Cree in 2009 and is Lighting Certified (LC). She currently handles program management for key customers and is one of the technical advisor/business development managers in the Aurora Group for electro-mechanical component manufacturers as well as lighting products for Triangle Lighting Solutions. She has over 25 years of experience.During this pandemic period, Aparna has been studying the health effects of UV-C and germicidal UV. In this presentation, she will present the information regarding the health effects and downsides and cautions regarding using UV-C/Germicidal UV lighting.

Robert L. Henderson, LC, CLEP, Director of Training RAB Lighting

Bob has worked in lighting over the last 35 years as a consultant, lighting center principal instructor, lighting sales agent, utility lighting specialist and director of lighting and controls training. He served three terms as section president of the IES Raleigh Section. Bob has presented over 75 different lighting seminars on indoor and outdoor lighting and controls during his career. Bob served on the NCQLP Test committee for 10 years including chair for two years and later as their senior advisor. Bob is the lead instructor for preparation courses for the LC (Lighting Certified) by the NCQLP and sponsored by RAB Lighting and the CLEP (Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional) and sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers. For the last four and a half years, he has served as Director of Training at RAB Lighting.

IES Raleigh Fall Social @ Lone Rider Brewery Raleigh
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
IES Raleigh Fall Social @ Lone Rider Brewery Raleigh

Wow! The year has flown by during this pandemic.

If you are eager to connect in person, please join your fellow IES members for an outdoor casual social gathering (w/social distancing) at

Lonerider Brewing Company
Address: 8816 Gulf Ct #100, Raleigh, NC 27617
Time: 5pm -7:30pm

Look for Aparna in the large white hat outside under the tent.

There will be food trucks there and of course Lone Rider beer!

All NC social distancing protocols should be followed.

Rain or shine.

List of beers:

Webinar: Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) Saving more than just time!
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) Saving more than just time!

Join the IES Raleigh Section, Thursday, January 28th at noon as we learn about Luminaire Level Lighting Controls from our guest speaker Chris Wolgamott.

As LEDs become more and more standard, the industry is turning its eye to next generation lighting technologies to uncover new opportunities for energy savings. Currently, connected lighting comprises less than 1% of all luminaires in the United States, but the Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that it can provide up to one quad of energy savings by 2035. That’s equal to one-fifth the U.S. commercial sector energy use.

A new research study from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and DesignLights Consortium (DLC) details how Networked Lighting Control Systems both with and without LLLC (luminaire level lighting controls) can create truly smart buildings with enhanced flexibility and deliver significant energy savings. The 1-year study updates and expands upon previous 2017 research by evaluating nearly 200 systems in building types from educational facilities to warehouses, office buildings and more.

Luminaire level lighting control (LLLC) systems have made significant advancements in recent years as a lighting solution that integrates daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing controls into individual LED luminaires. Having a sensor in each luminaire simplifies installation and programming, providing versatility and expanded potential design solutions for new construction, existing building renewal, and lighting retrofits. A new study from NEEA and the University of Oregon shows have the potential for big energy savings and high quality of light – but without the big price tag.

About the Speaker:

For over 23 years Chris Wolgamott has worked in the utility business in the Pacific Northwest, as a program manager, energy efficiency engineer and product manager. Mr. Wolgamott is recognized as a subject matter expert for LLLC (Luminaire Level Lighting Controls). His work in the utility business has allowed him to gain vast knowledge on how incentive programs are developed and run. As the Senior Product Manager for Commercial and Residential Lighting with NEEA, Chris leads all emerging tech research on lighting products to support transformation of the commercial and residential lighting markets. He works extensively with lighting manufacturers on were the future of lighting and controls are headed.

We hope you’ll join us for this one hour of continuing education.

Webinar: Writing and Holding a Lighting Specification
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Writing and Holding a Lighting Specification

Join us Wednesday, Feb 24th at noon for a LIVE webinar on Writing and Holding a Lighting Specification. In this one hour presentation, our guest speakers Catherine Barnes and Bob Henderson will provide guidance to the lighting specifier on what and how to provide a lighting and controls specification that positions the client/owner to meet the project’s goals.

Lecture overview:

  • Writing a solid specification,
  • Identifying the threats that could move the project off the path,
  • Providing information to assist in mitigating threats and,
  • Managing the process for a successful outcome and completion.

About the Speakers:

Catherine Barnes, LC, CLCP Senior Lighting Designer at RAB Lighting

Catherine is primarily responsible for Lighting Control System design and Lighting Design at RAB Lighting. She was a Senior Project Engineer with a consulting engineering firm in central New York state for approximately 20 years. Catherine was responsible for Lighting and Power systems design as well as Project Management. Catherine serves currently as Treasurer of IES Syracuse, NY Section.

Robert L. Henderson, LC, CLEP Director of Training at RAB Lighting

Bob has worked in lighting as a consultant, director of training at three lighting centers, lighting sales agent, and utility lighting specialist. Bob has presented over 100 different lighting seminars on indoor and outdoor lighting and controls and has worked with cities and counties to develop 25 Municipal and County Outdoor Lighting Ordinances. He currently holds the LC (Lighting Certified) and CLEP (Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional), served as chair on both test committees, and now teaches preparation courses for the LC and CLEP exams.