Events

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

CONFERENCE SCOPE
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.

PROFILE OF ATTENDEES
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.

Jan
16
Wed
Tunable White Controls @ International Plaza
Jan 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

This video presentation takes participants through the different types of light spectrum control, discusses the color tuning abilities of tunable white fixtures and their design challenges and concludes with how you can reduce risk and meet your client’s sequence of operations requirements on color tuning projects.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the fundamental categories of spectrum control with LEDs.
    2. Analyze the color tuning features of tunable white fixtures.
    3. Identify challenges with tunable white.
    4. Evaluate the feasibility of meeting a sequence of operations with various fixture types.

Presented by Brent Protzman:

Brent 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 IES Daylighting and Papers Committees, on the Board of Directors for the AERC (Attachment Energy Ratings Council), and is often a peer reviewer for journals and grant reviews. 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.

Feb
20
Wed
Synergistic Buildings in the ERA of IoT @ International Plaza
Feb 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A technological introduction to the interconnected concept of synergistic systems through IoT connectivity within the built world. Attendees will gain a conversational understanding of the technological and market fundamentals required to design and implement a practical information based building solution. Careful analysis will be given to the associated advantages and tradeoffs of these style systems given the technology that exists in the marketplace currently, as well as what is emerging.

PRESENTER: Michael C. Skurla

Mike Skurla has spent 22+ years in the building controls and automation field, with a strong specialty in electrical power distribution pertaining to lighting, HVAC, EMS, and larger building automation. A particular area of focus, sparked by his computer science educational background, has been M2M communication and analytics within the built world.

Mike has lead the design/development of several network, dimming, power management, and power-control products now sold globally for several manufacturers and has previously written seminars for USGBC, IES, and contributed to several published articles on emerging building technologies as well as the market transformation occurring through the technological convergence of information technology and building technology.

Aug
8
Thu
IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky 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 related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2019 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

We encourage you to make your Annual Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes July 15, 2019.

WHY ATTEND?

The conference begins Thursday evening August 8 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.


Theme

The theme for the 2019 IES Annual Conference is Light.Affect / Light.Effect. This expansive theme relates to numerous aspects of how light and darkness affect our vision, health, behavior and experience. The objective of the conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and peripheral design disciplines. This year’s theme is bringing focus to the powerful interrelationships between light affects and light effects. In addition, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.

Sep
11
Wed
A Better Understanding and Possibilities of PoE @ International Plaza Bldg
Sep 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
A Better Understanding and Possibilities of PoE @ International Plaza Bldg

Presenter: Greg Ortt LC, MIES, CPTED
Greg’s talk will give an overview of lighting within the PoE landscape, how PoE lighting works within the IEEE 802.03 Ethernet standard, and some NEC and UL considerations with PoE. He’ll discuss how PoE can lay the wired foundation of the possibilities of the internet of Things (IoT) and where it can help take us in the future.

Greg Ortt, LC, MIES, CPTED
With over 32 years of experience, Greg Ortt has established himself with diverse skills in the lighting industry. Greg has taught extensively throughout the U.S and is a frequent speaker at industry events. From the fundamentals of light to industrial and exterior applications, Greg has proven himself to be an effective trainer and educator.

Greg serves on multiple committees of the IESNA. He teaches a course on outdoor lighting every year at the annual IESNA Street & Area Conference. He is a presenter at LightFair and has become the lighting speaker for CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. His audiences include architects, engineers, lighting designers, design and build contractors, electrical distributors and national accounts. Greg is a regular instructor for college and engineering classes.

He holds the LC certification from the NCQLP, is an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and is a certified trainer for Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Effective People. As a Lighting Solutions Specialist, Greg teaches in the Lighting Solutions Center located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sep
22
Sun
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

CONFERENCE SCOPE

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.

We encourage you to make your IES Street and Area Lighting Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes August 29, 2019.

WHY ATTEND?

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.

Oct
16
Wed
Biologically Focused Lighting – The Truth About Circadian Lighting @ International Plaza
Oct 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

AIA Course Number: BIOSCES101, learning units: 1AIA LU/HSW, 1 WELL AP LU

Presenter: Ken Esterly, LC, IES – VP Sales
Ken has over 18 years of expertise in LED lighting. His extensive knowledge of lighting technology and application provide a unique perspective on the development and integration of quality lighting technology for today’s rapidly advancing design environment.

Jan
15
Wed
Outdoor Lighting: Equivalency Among LED and HID Sources @ International Plaza Building
Jan 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Andrew Nowak, LC, Southeast Region Specification Sales Manager – Acuity Brands
Andres has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management Technology from Western Michigan University and an LC from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions. He began his professional career at Acuity Brands in 2007 in the Supply Chain Management Division. Since then he has held roles in customer support, and product development and most recently Specification Sales Manager for the Southeast Region.

This seminar explores the performance characteristics of outdoor HID luminaires vs. LED solutions and the factors to consider when specifying LED luminaires.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of pairing LED sources with controls
  • Understand the metrics we use for lighting evaluations
  • Understand the tools available to make the right LED outdoor solution
Feb
19
Wed
Solar Lighting: Applications and Best Practices @ International Plaza Bldg
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

This presentation will cover exterior solar site lighting options. Off-grid technology allows a light fixture to be installed with no grid power at all. New solar lighting options these days can also include hybrid systems that use both the sun and the grid. Discover how a hybrid solar lighting system can intelligently pull power from the grid only when the battery is drained.

PRESENTER:
David Gershaw, is an innovative engineer and entrepreneur from Boston who established two high tech design and manufacturing companies with a worldwide presence by the age of 21, and founded a third medical device company, GAMA Therapeutics by age 30. David is an expert in product development, sales channel, marketing and global manufacturing/distribution supply chain. David has authored multiple patents, papers and grants related to LED lighting. In his current role at Light Efficient Design as Chief Innovation Officer, David oversees the company’s overall future technology road-map, product development projects/teams, strategic account sales and new business development opportunities. At MAMA Therapeutics, David serves as a board member overseeing the CEO, CSO and strategic direction of the exciting medical startup.

May
3
Sun
LIGHTFAIR 2020 @ Las Vegas Convention Center
May 3 – May 7 all-day

LightFair 2020Join the lighting industry’s largest annual event from May 3—7, 2020 in Las Vegas. Equip yourself with the knowledge, connections and ideas you need to boost your professional growth and business. 24,000+ professionals from over 70 countries attend LightFair every year. If you are in the industry, you don’t want to miss LightFair.

LightFair 2020 Highlights 

Learn. Take advantage of 85 conference sessions, over 150 speakers, 200+ hours of accredited courses, six specialized learning tracks and the opportunity to earn up to 37.5 CEU credits.

Get inspired. World-renowned industry experts Sir David Adjaye and Karim Rashid will deliver the keynote and opening-day addresses respectively. Over 500 exhibitors will showcase their latest products, designs and solutions.

Connect. Expand what you know and whom you know. Network with over 500 exhibitors, 150+ conference speakers, design and technology leaders, peers and prospects from across the industry.

Discover. Participate in engaging Design Synergist presentations, guided pavilion tours, exhibitor-led presentations and numerous networking opportunities. 

If you are serious about growing your business and/or giving your professional development and career advancement a boost, register for LightFair 2020 today.

Who attends LightFair?

This is the 31st year of LightFair. Each year, 24,000+ professionals from over 70 countries attend the event, including 

  • Lighting Designers, Specifiers, Architects, Consultants, Representatives 
  • Lighting and Electrical Distributors 
  • End Users, Utilities, ESCOs 
  • Electrical Contractors, Electrical Specialists, Construction/Real Estate Professionals and more
  • See below for admission policy

Why attendees return to LightFair every year:

“This is the best place to see the amazing growth of the lighting industry! You can quite literally see just about everything that’s related to today’s lighting market under one roof.” – M. Sestak, Sestak Lighting Design

“It’s really nice to be able to sit and talk ‘light’ with people. You’ve got to see what’s out there. If we’re going to push lighting forward everywhere, this is the place to start.” – Ian Martens, Architectural Lighting Consultant, SMP Engineering

“LightFair is an opportunity for people to see the latest research, the latest ideas and to be aware of what’s going on.” – Mariana Figueiro, Professor & Director, Lighting Resources Center-RPI