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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PROGRAM MEETING FEE: Monthly program meeting fee includes lunch and educational presentation.  We ask that you please RSVP up to 7 days in advance via the program meeting invitations emailed from IES Tampa Section.  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.

PRE-PAY: Pre-pay is offered and is encouraged to reserve your spot at the monthly program meetings.  The link to pre-pay will be provided with program meeting invitations. Please contact Patrick Conway at with any questions or concerns.

IES Member = $30.00
IES Non-Member = $35.00
Student = $15.00

Program Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

IES Tampa Section Program Meeting

Lighting, Luminaires, and Integrated Acoustic Solutions @ Feather Sound Country Club
Jan 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


The combination of acoustics and lighting brings challenges that are of interest to both areas of expertise. For example, acoustics requires large surface areas and materials like felt, which both sharply contrast trends in lighting toward smaller fixtures and transparency. Additionally, since lighting is a source of illumination and acoustics is more incidental, lighting needs to take higher priority in the deployment of fixtures, which means lighting needs to drive the layout, followed by an assessment of acoustic performance. Understanding the similarities and differences between light and sound open new design possibilities for both.

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 1/14/2020).


Zackery Belanger has been deeply involved in the integration of lighting and acoustics since 2017. This has included concept design, testing, analysis of performance, application to spaces, and education. His work is driven by the integration of acoustics into architecture, which has in recent years involved the acoustic impact of traditionally non-acoustic objects. He holds M.S. degrees in Physics from Oakland University and Architectural Sciences from Rensselaer. From 2002 – 2010 he worked for Kirkegaard Associates in Chicago, where he consulted and developed acoustic geometries and materials for projects such as Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center [EMPAC] in Troy, NY and Royal Festival Hall in London, UK. In 2013 he was named the inaugural Researcher-in-Residence at EMPAC, where he began development of a new framework for the design and assessment of acoustic architecture. He founded the Detroit-based studio Arcgeometer in 2015.

Designing with Advanced Luminaires @ Feather Sound Country Club
Feb 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Advanced luminaires are measured far beyond lumens and CRI, and deliver far more than light alone. TM-30, tunable colors, UGR, circadian rhythms, EML, beacons, and LightID notifications will plan an increasingly crucial role in lighting design. The first step is understanding how to calculate and program these new advanced features. But more important is when and where to apply them.

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 2/11/2020).

PRESENTER: GEORGE CLOSS, Edison Price Lighting
George Closs is currently the Sr. Regional Sales Manager for Edison Price Lighting’s Southeast Region. He has been with Edison Price Lighting for 23 years with various management roles in supply chain, engineering, and operations. Prior to Edison Price Lighting, he worked for a Long Island firm that specialized in the design and manufacture of high-tech materials testing equipment. He holds a degress in Mechanical Engineering from Farmingdale State College and degree in Business Management from the SUNY College at Old Westbury.

[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)