The Atlanta 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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Lighting Design for Behavioral Health Environments @ ASHRAE
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us as we welcome Lauren Schwade a Senior Lighting Designer at Mazzetti that specializes in Healthcare Lighting. She will be presenting “Lighting Design for Behavioral Health Environments”. It is an AIA Health Safety and Welfare accredited class. AIA number is MZT049.

In this presentation, we will address Behavioral Health design strategies, review case studies and current research and learn how to adapt our lessons learned to provide friendlier environments for residents, staff and families.

This will be an exciting topic that will generate a great discussion following the presentation

[CANCELED] Defining and Calculating Glare for Interior Spaces @ ASHRAE
Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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.


There is a $20 fee for IES Members and $25 for non-members. Networking will begin at 5:30 with the program beginning at 6.

The presentation will be by Janet Cecchettini. Janet is a 35+ year lighting professional with 16 years committed to bringing the wonder of lighting to all willing to learn the finer points of our industry. Janet is an LC and a longtime member of the IES.

Janet will be presenting:

Defining and Calculating Glare for Interior Spaces

Course description and learning objectives below:

This course addresses the evolution interior lighting trends in the context of the modern workplace. Since the advent of the LED age, our design considerations shifted to energy efficiency, lumens per watt ruled the design. As LED efficacies have improved, and energy codes have advanced meeting those requirements is a given. It’s time to refocus our design intent to the visual comfort of the occupants.

After completing this course you will understand how controlling glare, selecting the best type of fixture for the space, and taking new design standards into consideration are key to creating a comfortable workspace.

  1. Identify the trends in interior lighting, from parabolic troffer to led panel
  2. Recognize the design challenges inherent in the ever-evolving modern workspace
  3. Recognize the facts over fiction in marketing claims being made today about UGR (Unified Glare Rating)
  4. Apply the principles of the UGR standard to design visually comfortable workspaces

Presenter – Janet Cecchettini LC, MIES

Senior Manager of Lighting and Lighting Controls Education at Acuity Brands Center for Light & Space in Conyers, GA

2020 IES Annual Conference @ Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Aug 6 – Aug 8 all-day

2020 IES Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 6-8, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana 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 2020 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

Why Attend the AC?

The conference begins Thursday evening August 6 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations as well as time to relax, enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.


The theme for the 2020 IES Annual Conference is Hindsight / Insight / Foresight. This expansive theme explores our relationship to light, both historically and looking toward the future. The objective of the conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and other related design disciplines. This year’s theme is intended to spark the conversation about how light is used, how light affects the user, and how we see that relationship evolving as we move forward. In addition to speaker presentations, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.