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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Tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Apr 10 @ 4:15 pm – 7:00 pm



IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, April 10th for a tour at 4:45PM of the LEED Platinum Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Project Lighting Designer, Jay Wratten, VP of Sports Lighting Design at WSP USA, Boulder Colorado, will be our tour guide for the evening.

Cost (please note this is different than our normal meetings): 

  • Pre event RSVP is now closed.
  • Arrival without RSVP is $27 at the door.

Please arrive a few minutes early to pay on-site.​


Experience the signature features of Mercedes-Benz Stadium including stops at locker rooms, the field, Window to the City, Skybridges and 100 Yard Club. Tour routes and locations are subject to change.

Whether you are a die-hard Falcons fan, an Atlanta United supporter, or interested in a guided walk to explore the architecture, technology, or art within the space – we can customize a tour for you!

Additional Information:

Parking for stadium tours at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is available in the Silver Deck of the Georgia World Congress Center. Parking is subject to availability and may be affected by events at the GWCC. Use Waze for the most efficient directions right to the Silver Deck.  Our group’s parking can be validated at a reduced rate of $8, please bring cash for this.

All tour guests must enter at Gate 2. 

Tour Guide Bio:

Jay is the head of our Boulder lighting team and oversees the design and management of projects both in the United States and abroad, providing both aesthetic and technical design direction on a wide variety of project types. Recent project experience includes custom fixture design and lighting design across a broad array of sectors.

He is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a registered Lighting Certified Professional. He has extensive knowledge of lighting control systems and daylight harvesting as well as experience in solid state lighting performance.

Jay was named to Lighting Magazine’s 40-Under-40 in 2018, and to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40-Under-40 in 2016.

IES 2018 Annual Conference @ Westin Boston Waterfront @ Westin Boston Waterfront
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day

Register TodayThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 9-11 in Boston Massachusetts 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 other design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount. Lighting professionals will have their choice of various CEU credits through participation at the conference.

The 2018 Annual Conference will foster personal and career growth through educational and networking opportunities and enable attendees to earn CEU credits through participation. The theme of this year’s conference is “Light.Balance.” (#IESLightBalance)

The conference begins Thursday August 9 on Opening Night—the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by 2 exciting days of learning and opportunity to earn CEU’s, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends, meet new people.

IES Street & Area Lighting Conference @ Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center
Sep 30 – Oct 3 all-day

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, bench marks 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.

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.

Seminar: Circadian Justified & Calculated for Well-Buildings @ ASHRAE
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, November 13th for a seminar on Circadian Justified & Calculated for Well-Buildings. Our presenter will be Daniel Weiss, System Architect for Dynamic Lighting at Acuity Brands.

This event will qualify for 1 AIA LU | HSW CEU, 0.1 IDCEC CEU, or equivalent PDH for self-reporting organizations.

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the seminar from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.

Description: Is “Circadian Lighting” just the latest trend to encourage use of a more expensive technology? In this program we will explore the justification behind this principle and show how International WELL Building Institute is incorporating it into their standards. This new metric reinforces the importance of quality lighting and promotes HEALTH as an important criteria for lighting design.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the impact of lighting on human health and wellness starting with the physiology behind the visual system and the link to circadian wellness.
• Identify 2 Circadian models: Equivalent Melanopic Lux (as Promoted by the International Well Building Institute) and Circadian Stimulus (as promoted by the Lighting Research Center)
• Explore the LIGHT feature within the International WELL Building Standard
• Propose a method for how to implement Circadian Health into Lighting Design.

Speaker Bio:

Daniel Weiss is the System Architect for Dynamic Lighting at Acuity Brands and directs the development of Warm Dimming, Tunable White, and Tunable Spectrum systems. Using his background in controls and color science, he leads the implementation of control protocols and luminaire firmware to execute the Dynamic Features. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, Weiss received an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Applied Physics from Emory University. He also worked as a theatrical lighting designer for theaters around Atlanta designing the lighting for musicals, plays, and concerts.

Donation Requests: Build a Community, Or Build a New Closet?

Help women enter or re-enter the workforce with clean, ready-to-wear, office-appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags, briefcases, belts and jewelry. Donate articles of gently used (or new) women’s career attire at our November meeting.

Holiday Social Bowling Party @ The Comet Pub & Lanes
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

IES Atlanta Bowling PartyJoin the Atlanta IES for holiday bowling at The Comet Pub & Lanes in Decatur. Bowling, bowling shoes, food and drinks will be provided.

Bowling will be from 7-9, but please arrive by 6:30pm to allow time to set up teams.

A big thanks to our sponsors: Bartco Lighting, Troy-CSL Lighting, and Eaton.

Free parking is available.

The Effect of Light on Health and Well Being: Basics and Applications @ ASHRAE
Jan 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, January 8th for a seminar on The Effect of Light on Health and Well Being: Basics and Applications. Our presenter will be Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., who is the Director of the Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture and Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the seminar from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.

Description: Biological rhythms that repeat approximately every 24 hours are called circadian rhythms. Light is the main stimulus that helps the circadian clock, and thus circadian rhythms, to synchronize with the 24-hour day. If lack of synchrony or circadian disruption occurs, we may experience decrements in physiological functions, neurobehavioral performance, and sleep.

Lighting for the circadian system employs lighting design objectives that differ from those typically used in traditional architectural lighting design, and therefore, requires metrics that differ from those currently used by lighting designers.

In this presentation, a summary of the lab and field research will be presented. In addition, the limitations of current lighting metrics (e.g., CCT, lux) in specifying light for the circadian system will be discussed. Practical design solutions to increase the potential for circadian light exposure in buildings and new field data investigating the health effects of light will be discussed.

The goal of this presentation is to provide attendees with new tools and metrics that will help them specify and apply effective lighting to improve lighting in our living environments.

Presenter: Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is the Director of the Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture and Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She conducts research on the effect of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles in her field of research.

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Lighting Requirements of the 2015 IECC Energy Code @ ASHRAE
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us on Tuesday, February 12th for a seminar on Lighting Requirements of the 2015 IECC Energy Code. Our presenter will be Trey Wiley, who is a Certified Education Instructor with SESCO Lighting.

Networking starts at 5:30 PM followed by the seminar from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.


  • Obtain and apply a working knowledge of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code dealing with energy issues pertaining to new and existing commercial building lighting.
  • Compare and evaluate power limiting requirements pertaining to new and existing commercial building lighting.
  • Compare and evaluate control requirements pertaining to new and existing commercial building lighting.
  • Identify and differentiate between indoor and outdoor lighting requirements.

Trey Wiley is a Certified Education Instructor with SESCO Lighting. He travels throughout the Southeast delivering CEU lectures to architects and engineers. Trey Wiley graduated from The University of Kansas in 1993 with a BS in Architectural Engineering and an emphasis in lighting and electrical systems. Trey is both a LEED AP BD&C accredited professional and a PE by examination and is presently registered in five states (Kansas, Texas, California, Florida and Georgia).