The Santa Barbara 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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If you are a speaker and would like to make a presentation, please contact our Section President, Norman Russell.
If your organization would like to create a joint meeting with IES Santa Barbara, please contact our Section President, Norman Russell.

Well Building Standard
May 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This 1-hour introductory workshop will introduce broad audiences to the WELL Building Standard. The organization and development of the WELL Building Standard is presented in the context of the healthy buildings movement. Key public health research is presented to provide the basis for the 10 WELL Concepts, and some research on the value of WELL  is discussed in conclusion.

Many Hands Make Light Work, Part 2 @ Antioch University Santa Barbara - Community Hall
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Is it possible to have every construction or renovation project provided with an outstanding lighting system? Maybe, or maybe not. Nearly every project starts out with a desire for excellence, but often the completed job is lacking. Why? What goes wrong? More importantly, what goes right?

For this joint AIA – IES event, we have assembled a group of professionals involved in the collaborative process of delivering quality lighting who will be asking and answering important questions. Our panel includes architect Barry Winick, lighting designer Ann Kale, electrical engineer John Maloney, lighting equipment manufacturer’s representative David Neel, and electrical contractor, Ethan Waterfall. 

In Part 1, the panel discussion focused on lighting system design and documentation up to bidding, and considered the following issues: 

  • When should each player enter the lighting design process?
  • When is a lighting designer required?
  • Post-specification “value engineering” – is it?
  • Who holds the lighting specification?
  • Are electrical distributors merely “bankers” in the process? 

Part 2 will focus on the process from bidding, construction/installation, and commissioning in consideration of the following issues:

  • Bidding alternate equipment
  • Coordination conflicts with other trades
  • Managing changes in the work
  • Commissioning/Project Close-Out Best Practices 

Please join us at the Community Hall, Antioch University, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, for what promises to be an engaging presentation. Reception at 5:30 pm, with event from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. Light snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

Antioch University Santa Barbara – Community Hall
602 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Click here for a map

FREE for IES and AIA members
$20 for non-members

Payable by cash, check, or credit card ($1 processing fee for credit cards).

Make checks out to IES Mission Section

IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel

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 AC?

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 as well as time to relax, enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.


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.

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


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.


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.

Applications for Lighting Design @ California Electric Supply
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
IES Los Angeles Section Product Fair @ The Barker Hanger
Feb 20 @ 1:30 pm – 8:00 pm

25th Annual Wally Whitney Memorial Product Fair

IES Los Angeles is very excited to announce that the 25th Annual IESLA Wally Whitney Memorial Product Fair will be returning to the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. This can’t miss event is hosted by IESLA along with Los Angeles’s top lighting agencies. Over 120 Lighting technology manufacturers will be showing the latest in LED technology and lighting fixture design.

Show enhancements include:

  • Free admission and parking (1:30pm to 8:00pm)
  • Free food from an assortment of exciting vendors
  • Barista coffee bar
  • No host bar with beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Live music
  • Sponsored raffle prizes

The IESLA Product Fair is the lead funding source for IES Los Angeles Section Student Education Fund, which consists of the Saul Goldin Memorial Internship Program and the Russell Cole Memorial Design Competition. Your attendance helps to facilitate these programs.

For further information:
Allan Weaver C: (818) 599-0190
Derick Sheehan C: (213) 290-0324


[CANCELLED] Field of Light at Sensorio @ Sensorio
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled or postponed until further notice. The exhibition has closed until mid-April as a measure taken to help manage and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the site has been re-opened, we will try again to organize a trip. We appreciate your understanding.

Field of Light at Sensorio

Come with us to take a tour of this amazing art installation at Sensorio in Paso Robles. The exhibition will not be there much longer, so come see it while you can! Click the image for a link to the website and check below for more details.
Please RSVP no later than Monday 3/16.

Note: With enough attendees, we will arrange a shuttle trip and box lunch from Santa Barbara to the exhibition site. Please RSVP so we can get an accurate count. Bring your friends, all are welcome to join!

Where:4380 Highway 45 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446
When: Meet at the site at 7:30p or in Santa Barbara for shuttle or carpool at 5:15p for 5:30p departure (exact departure location TBD)
Cost: Attendance fee at the event: $35 per person
Duration: Walk-through takes about 45 minutes

Virtual Meeting: New Rules & New Tools for Emergency Lighting Control
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Virtual Meeting: New Rules & New Tools for Emergency Lighting Control

Emergency lighting issues are unlike any other issues that we deal with in lighting because they involve life safety. All commercial considerations for manufacturers comes second to that. This presentation about how to knowledgeably design a practical and efficient emergency lighting system. Changes are coming to the NEC and UL standards for Emergency lighting, and will be discussed during this presentation.


  • Description of some of the latest changes to the NEC and UL standards with respect to Emergency as well as advances in equipment.
  • Comparison of bypass versus transfer methods of providing emergency power to select lighting circuits.
  • Analysis of misapplications.
  • Identification of new rules regarding Emergency Lighting Control in the NEC® and UL Standards.

IES members receive 1 CEU credit.
AIA members receive 1 LU hour.


Steve Terry – Director of Standards and Industry Relations – ETC Member UL Standards Technical Panels; UL924, UL8759, UL1008


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


This is an online event.


This free event is generously sponsored by CREE Lighting.

Sponsored By: CREE

2020-21 Virtual Roundtable Discussion
Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hello IES Santa Barbara Section Members,

We hope that you are well and managing in this very trying time.

For many years now, our Section has operated much like other Sections around the country, with events that are believed to be important, interesting, entertaining, in efforts to enrich our members’ professional lives and personal development. We do not always hit the mark, but we keep on trying to find the way.

Our leadership has come from a small number of our members who are willing to volunteer time and effort to make the Section activities relevant and worthwhile, but this recycling of previous leaders cannot be sustained. We need to have more of our members be willing to help lead the Section.

We are planning to have a Virtual Roundtable on Wednesday, July 22, 5:30 – 6:30 pm to have an open discussion about what our members would like to see in the way of events, and whether we can see more of our numbers participate both in events and in leadership. There is a very real possibility of our Section no longer functioning. It may be that our Section members become a part of the Los Angeles Section which may have some advantages, but also signifies a great loss for us on the Central Coast.

This is not a top-down operation. We exist to provide our Section members with the experiences they would like to have. We want to hear about what directions you would like to see us all take.

Please join us in our Virtual Roundtable on July 22 and tell us what you think.

Thank you,

Norm Russell

Here is the meeting information. Please follow the link, or use the dial-in number provided. If you need assistance, please contact:

Join the Virtual Roundtable Discussion

+1 213-279-1051  United States, Los Angeles (Toll)
Conference ID: 879 069 973#

2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 4 all-day

August 24-28, 2020
August 31 – September 4, 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.