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 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel @ Omni Louisville Hotel

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky 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 2019 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

The conference begins Thursday evening August 8 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two 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.

IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


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.

We encourage you to make your IES Street and Area Lighting Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes August 29, 2019.


Our attendee base, over 900 and growing, includes managers, technical and marketing specialists, lighting consultants and engineers from electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, energy service companies and manufacturers. These outdoor lighting professionals come from across the country and the industry. All are vitally interested in learning about products and services and include decision-makers from investor-owned regulated electric utilities, unregulated marketing affiliates, cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent contractors and consultants.

IES Raleigh Section December Holiday Social
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The IES Raleigh Section Board of Managers invite you to an evening of networking and holiday cheer!

Please join us to celebrate the holidays! We will be hosting a toy drive, so please bring a new, unwrapped toy along to donate.

This is a FREE event, however, guests are still requested to RSVP here or to Christine VanLeeuwen by December 10th.

Social begins at 6pm, appetizers will be offered. Please BYOB and a treat to share.

Thank you to our gracious host Aparna for hosting this at her home. Please be courteous and note that you can park safely across the street from her home.

Toys will be donated to the local U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

RTI Building Tour Walk n’ Talk @ RTI International
Jan 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
RTI Building Tour Walk n' Talk @ RTI International

Join your fellow IES members for a brief lecture followed by a tour of the RTI LEED Silver and EnergyStar certified building.

Join your fellow IES members for this behind the scenes tour of RTI. RTI International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. RTI provides research and technical services.

The tour will be lead by the project manager from RTI that oversaw the construction of the new building (called the Horizon Building). If you are not familiar with RTI’s Horizon Building, it is a 6 story 190,000 ft2 building that opened in March 2018. It houses a cafeteria, coffee bar, and large conference room on the first floor, multiple collaboration centers on the second floor, and offices and conference rooms on the third to sixth floor. The building is LEED Silver and EnergyStar certified with an open architecture, lots of natural lighting, and some very interesting lighting designs.

Please enter RTI at “Horizon” Building lobby for the start of lunch and lecture.

A boxed lunch will be provided by IES. There is no cost for participates for this lunch.

*Please provide pertinent contact information when registering; INCLUDING COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP to ensure RTI security can accurately create visitor passes.

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.