The Tampa 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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[CANCELLED] IES RP-8 Update: Roadway Design & Parking Facilities @ Power Design Inc.
Mar 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be cancelling the March 24th IES Meeting. Our priority is not only the education of lighting professionals, but to the health and well being of all our associates.

We hope you stay well as we continue to monitor the situation. We will make sure to keep the IES-Tampa Website up to date with information on our next event.

Come find out what is new with the ANSI/IES RP-8-18: American National Standard Practice for Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting Update.

Cost is $30.00 per person (members) / $35.00 per person (non members) and includes lunch.

Your attendance is expected once confirming your RSVP as we reserve food and space. No shows may be asked to prepay for future events to guarantee a reservation. Please cancel or confirm at least 7 days in advance to event (by 3/17/2020).

PRESENTER: BRIAN McDONALD, Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc
Brian McDonald is the Director of Infrastructure Sales for the Holophane sales channel at Acuity Brands Lighting. He holds an LC with the NCQLP and has 25-years’ experience in the lighting industry. Brian has been with Holophane since 1997 and has held various positions including territory sales and manager of the outdoor advertising channel. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State University in business marketing. Brian currently lives on a small farm in central Florida with this wife and their four-legged animals.

We will have reserved parking designated by magenta below and orange cones on site and we will have signage directing guests to the correct building.
Use the main address:

11600 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
St. Petersburg
FL 33716

Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

More details to come.

Free Webinar: RP 8-18: Lighting for Parking Lots
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Free Webinar: RP 8-18: Lighting for Parking Lots

We are excited to announce that Holophane is hosting a live webinar series. The goal of these events is to provide you with the latest information regarding quality LED lighting and controls, while providing useful continuing education credits to professionals. All sessions will be held virtually.

Presenter: John Petty

A review of the IES Recommended Practice for Parking Lot Lighting, including IES RP-20-14, now known as RP-8-18, Chapter 17.

WEBINARS: Light for Life – A Global Collaboration
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

Light For Life

“Light for Life” is a global conversation about the impact of light on the lives of humans, plants, and animals. As hosts of this collaborative webinar series, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) will facilitate 16 webinars over the course of two days, with 15 partner organizations from around the world. Each organization will curate their own webinar in the series shaping the discussion of “Light for Life” with unique perspectives from all 7 continents.

In practice, the potential of light is something we often view through the lens of our own country’s trends, concerns and accomplishments. By opening this webinar series to global partners, the IES hopes to bring people together to learn from one another about the impact of light on lives all over the world. This series will be free for all.

2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 2 all-day

August 24-27, 2020
August 31 – September 2, 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.

Webinar: The Decorative Lighting Fixture of the Century @ Virtual - Microsoft Teams
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This introductory course explores the world and history of the reflective luminaire manufacturer light fixture, better known as an RLM. Learn about the key individuals who influenced this style, the manufacturing techniques commonly used to create these fixtures and different finishing methods. This course breaks down the complete anatomy of the RLM lighting fixture and highlights relevant uses in real-world applications.

Speaker:            Cole Paulson 
Course Title:     The Decorative Lighting Fixture of the Century 
CEU Credit:       1 AIA

Cole Paulson is a UCF graduate and is the Regional Sales Manager for Barn Light electric in Titusville Florida. He joined Barn Light in 2017 in the manufacturing facility, hand-crafting light fixtures by day and studying original RLM lighting by night. He worked through each department from the machine shop to the shipping area with a concentrated focus on learning the artisan porcelain enameling process of light fixtures. Eventually graduating into a sales position years later and utilizing his UCF degree. Cole is proud to educate designers, architects and lighting professionals with a desire to learn on the RLM style of lighting.


Webinar: Designing Functional Light with Decorative Luminaires
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenter: Tina Nguyen, Rich Brilliant Willing Lighting

Description: This one-hour CEU program discusses how today’s decorative luminaires can – and do – provide functional lighting for commercial applications.

Beginning with discussion of different lighting effects (and how to describe them), we will look at various techniques for applying and integrating decorative luminaires to functional lighting needs.

We will conclude with guidelines to luminaire selection according to light output, direction, and color.


  • Apply functional lighting techniques using decorative luminaires.
  • Integrate decorative luminaires into common architectural applications.
  • Select decorative LED luminaires for light output, direction, and color.

(1 AIA CEU) 


Board of Managers Meeting
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Board of Managers Meeting

Details to come.

Webinar: Designing for the Return to Office
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenter: John F McBride, Jr., VP of Total Solutions-Acuity

This program is intended for Lighting Designers, Architects, Electrical Engineers, and Interior Designers

Intended Audience: Lighting Designers, Architects, Electrical Engineers, and Interior Designers

As we start to find our “new normal” in COVID-19, there are many trends becoming relevant in today’s commercial office space. Teleworking is here to stay, but workers who do return to the office will return to vastly different work configurations.

Join our panel of experts via video format, to learn more about the emerging, and ever-changing, trends in commercial offices. By the end of this video presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how you can reduce your lighting operation costs and take advantage of the QIP “Qualified Improvement Property” tax.
  • Explain how you update your sequence of operation to include touchless interfaces, reduce energy costs, aid in building code compliance, occupant comfort.
  • Summarize the benefits of daylighting within an office space and how it can promote occupational well-being.

*There will be an opportunity to ask John questions via a live Q&A following the video presentation.
Presenter Background:

John is the Vice President of Total Solution at Acuity Brands Lighting, his team is responsible for promoting lighting control solutions, training, and product selection. He works closely with the other divisions of Acuity to simplify applications and provide insight on customer trends and the effect of code on lighting controls. He has over 28 years of experience in the lighting and controls industry with eight years in electrical design and over 20 years in lighting controls sales and management.

*This course is registered with AIA for (1) LU | HSW credit

Board of Managers Meeting
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Board of Managers Meeting

Details to come.