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) 


Webinar: Sea Turtles and Artificial Light: What’s the Solution?
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Sea Turtles and Artificial Light: What’s the Solution?

Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world, founded over 60 years ago with a devotion to sea turtle conservation, education, research, and advocacy. For the past 10 years, STC’s Lighting Team has been working throughout Florida to help beachfront properties retrofit their lights with sea turtle friendly options and to educate coastal officials on the rules of sea turtle friendly lighting. This presentation will address the issues with light on nesting beaches, what laws are in place to protect sea turtles from artificial light, common concerns that customers face regarding sea turtle friendly lighting, and what the best practices are for managing artificial light on our beaches. In addition, we will discuss resources on where to find sea turtle friendly lighting and how you can be a part of the solution.

Emily Asp has been a lighting project specialist with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) since 2019. She is also a certified LS-1through the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors. As alighting project specialist, she conducts property evaluations and pitches, designs lighting plans, manages retrofit contracts, and corresponds with property representatives. In addition to these duties, she also plans and coordinates educational code enforcement workshops around the state of Florida. Emily received her B.S. in Biology from Westfield State University and her Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University, where she examined the effects of artificial light on sea turtle hatchlings in areas of relatively low light surrounding large cities. Since 2015, Emily has been involved with various nonprofits, universities, and government agencies to monitor sea turtle nesting beaches, participate in sea turtle research both in the water and on the beach, and educate coastal residents and visitors on the harmful effects of artificial light.

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Lightfair 2021 @ Jacob K. Javits Center
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day
Lightfair 2021 @ Jacob K. Javits Center

LightFair 2021 Moving to October 25-29 LightFair 2021 will be postponed until October 2021 report the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and International Market Centers (IMC). The annual showcase of new innovations in lighting design moves to October 27-29, 2021 and the accompanying educational conference is now October 25-29, 2021 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. The move puts LightFair 2021 at a more optimal time than the previously scheduled May 2021 dates.