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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Webinar: Principles of UV and Its Use as a Germicidal
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We will begin our IES Atlanta meetings on Spetember 22 with a presentation by Jason Hong. Jason is the Southern Regional Sales Manager / Architectural Products for Cooper Lighting. Jason is a long standing IES member, with our chapter and is a passionate lighting advocate for the correct and proper use of all light sources. Jason has a brand new and relevant presentation to start off our 2020/2021 season.

Principles of UV and Its Use as a Germicidal

The COVID-19 global pandemic is having an enormous impact on almost every aspect of our lives. The rapid and easy spread of this virus has created a substantial amount of interest in the germicidal properties of ultra violet radiation and the possibility of using this spectrum to disinfect
various applications. This presentation will cover the three types of ultra violet radiation and levels of germicidal properties and capabilities. The history of the use of various lamp sources which can deliver UV will be explored as well as the risks associated with the various types. UVC will be specifically discussed as a germicidal, how it can be used in various applications such as water and air cleaning.

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Access Code: 396-525-229

We hope to “see” you in September!

Webinar: LED Emergency Drivers – A Technical Review
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, October 13th for LED Emergency Drivers – A Technical Review for Life Safety Solutions. This seminar is with Jeff Price who is the VP of Sales for Life Safety Solutions at Acuity Brands.

This presentation is registered with AIA or IDCEC for CEU(s). Certificates will be provided, upon request, after the event. 

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 532-222-661


LED has caused a paradigm shift in the lighting world by supplying high quality light at a fraction of the energy consumption of legacy sources. How do we need to change our thinking about designing systems to meet life safety codes with LED quickly becoming the only light source we can specify to meet energy codes?

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the regulatory constraints preventing field installation of LED emergency drivers.
  • Explain the electrical anomalies associated with LED array’s used as a lighting load.
  • Describe the various emergency lighting options as they relate to LED retrofit solutions.
  • Explain how to predict and determine emergency lumen output with an LED luminaire in order to determine if it will contribute to a code-compliant emergency egress system.

Jeff Price is currently the Vice President of Sales, Acuity Life Safety Solutions with Acuity Brands Lighting. Jeff has been involved in emergency lighting for 25+ yrs. During his tenure he has gained progressive experience in technical services, product management, Regulatory, Marketing, Sales and Product Development. He has also participated with the UL 924 STP, served in the NEMA EM02 section and is an honorary member of the North Carolina Building Inspectors Association.

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: LEDs & Controls: Is Coordination the Key?
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

IES WebinarYou are invited to join the Atlanta Chapter of the IES for a virtual event discussing LEDs and the keys for successful design and implementation.

Our speakers are two of the most knowledgable dimming and control specialists in the lighting industry. Eric Lind, Executive VP of Global Specifications for Lutron and Gilles Abrahamse, VP & General Manager of Digital Luminaire Components for Acuity Brands. Both have years of experience and their qualifications are entirely too lengthy to list here! Our experts will discuss several topics, all listed below, then will be available for Q&A. We believe this will be informative and lead to more answers than questions on how control projects can be optimized as tools for our projects, and used as they were originally intended and specified.

The Discussion Topics include:

  1. Legacy dimming protocols (phase, 0-10V), related benefits/challenges
  2. Wired digital dimming systems and their benefits
  3. Wireless dimming systems and their benefits
  4. Dimming and quality of light: dimming range/TLA/flicker
  5. Compatibility – what questions should be asked and verified?
  6. Dynamic / tunable white: standards and challenges

Please join us for this awesome discussion!

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Holiday Social Charity Drive
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 31 @ 11:30 am

Oh What Fun

Happy Holidays Atlanta IES Chapter!

In lieu of a Holiday Social this year, we invite you all to donate to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.

Please use the link

We wish you all a happy and safe Holiday Season!

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: Integration of Acoustic Control in Lighting
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

IES Section WebinarIES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, January 12th at 2PM for Integration of Acoustic Control in Lighting Fixtures. This seminar is with Janet Cecchettini who is the SR Manager of Lighting and Lighting Controls Education at Acuity Brands.

This presentation is registered with AIA for 1 LU | HSW. Certificates will be provided, upon request, after the event. 


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Access Code: 416-912-533

Contemporary interior design has led to an increase in open spaces, unfinished ceilings, glass walls and hard flooring. All of these can result in elevated noise levels. This presentation is about how the integration of acoustic control in lighting fixtures can be part of the solution.​

Learning Objectives:

  • Effects of noise in the workplace​
  • Basics of acoustics​
  • Quality of sound environment​
  • Effective integration of acoustic control in lighting fixture design​

Janet Cecchettini is a 35+ year veteran of the lighting industry with wide experience in lighting design and applications, project management, and lighting education.

Janet has spent the past 16 years committed to bringing the wonder of lighting to a broad audience of industry professionals, facility owners and managers, industry novices and colleagues through the development and implementation of instructor-led and electronic coursework designed to educate and inspire.

Currently Senior Manager of Lighting and Lighting Controls Education at Acuity Brands Center for Light & Space in Conyers, Georgia, Janet holds the Lighting Certified credential from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, and is a longtime member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. 

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: 3D Printing for Lighting: Why It’s Not Just Hype
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

IES Section WebinarOur presenter is Matthew Wall:

Matthew Wall is an energetic and enthusiastic award-winning marketing manager with experience in leading, developing, and managing marketing strategies and cross channel initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. From robotic vacuum cleaners to innovative lighting solutions, Matthew is currently breaking the mold and introducing the concept of 3D printed luminaires in North America.  One of the things he enjoys most in leading the marketing efforts for Signify’s 3D printing venture is that he gets to support and engage international cross-functional teams to develop new products and come up with innovative solutions. He is known for his expertise in product specifications and is a results orientated, profit-driven individual with a sense of humor.  What he loves most though is being engaged with a product in the concept stage, and then supporting it and developing it all the way through to a successful product launch into the marketplace.

Course Description:

Explore the benefits and processes of 3D Printing in a Circular Economy and how these practices impact our environment, structures and humanity values.

Learning Objectives:

  • How 3D printing is changing the Lighting Industry
  • What types of design flexibility/customization are enabled by 3D Printing
  • How 3D printing contributes to sustainability and supports circular economy, while benefitting customers

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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.