The Dallas 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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Small Cells & Smart Poles: What are they and why are they getting so much attention? @ Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Magnolia Room
Oct 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

David Baum, Valmont


Human Centric Lighting is About Spectrum, Not Color Temperature @ Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Magnolia Room
Nov 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Jamie McLosky, Pinnacle Architectural Lighting

IES Dallas Holiday Happy Hour @ Deep Ellum Brewery
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Li-Fi @ Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Magnolia Room
Jan 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Heinz Willebrand, Signify

Member $30.00 USDNon-member $35.00 USDStudent $10.00 USD

LEt’s Synergize! Energy Code Update @ Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen - Magnolia Room
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

It’s official: ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 – 2016 is now the law of the land. Please join us as Greg Brock of Beck does what he does so well in bringing us “up to speed” on the latest regulations including IECC 2018.

$30 Members (IES, AIA, USGBC)
$35 Non-Members
$10 Students

[POSTPONED] Big Tex Farms & Horticulture Lighting @ Big Tex Urban Farms - Fair Park; Fair Park, Dallas TX, Gate 6 Entrance
Mar 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

POSTPONED, BUT NOT CANCELLED!!! We will be rescheduling our Big Tex Farms tour for a later date and will keep you updated with information.

You are invited to learn how Horticulture Lighting and Hydroponic systems enhance the growth of Leafy greens and vegetables at Fair Park.  Throughout the growing season, all produce is donated to Fair Park-area charitable organizations including the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Institute, area churches and the Austin Street Shelter.

  • Host:  IES Dallas Section
  • Phone:  512-662-1945
  • When:  Wednesday, March 25, 11:30AM to 1:00 PM
  • Where:  Big Tex Urban Farms, Fair Park, Dallas TX, Gate 6 Entrance
    • GPS:  Fair Park, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX, 75210
    • Turn by Turn Directions in Fair Park
      • Enter Gate 6, east bound
      • Right:  S. 2nd Ave.
      • Left:  Pennsylvania Ave.
      • Left:  1st Ave.
      • Park:  in the lot on the right
      • Walk:  through “Midway Arch” Gate
      • Walk: Left to Greenhouse
  • Box Lunches and drinks served following 45-minute tour
  • Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students
  • RSVP: Jodi Lednicky, JLednicky@hlalighting.com512.662.1945, or eVite
[POSTPONED] Lighten Up! An IES Luminaire Competition @ Architectural Lighting Alliance
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Due to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been postponed. Our Section leadership is currently evaluating the program schedule for the remainder of the Spring.


Lighten Up!Please join us for food, beverages, and LOADS of FUN!! Participants will be divided into teams, where they will design and build a luminaire with craft materials, lighting controls, and lamp sources. WINNER AWARDS & PRIZES based on People’s & Judge’s Choice. Judge’s Choice Winner goes on to national judging!

RSVP by 3/27/20 to

There is no cost, but SPACE IS LIMITED – SAVE your SPOT!

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.

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.

IES Dallas Pumpkin Carving Contest
Oct 26 all-day

Fall is here – let’s get in the spirit with a pumpkin carving contest!

Submit a photo of your entry by Monday, October 26th to John McCart,

A winner will be selected from three categories:

  • Spookiest
  • Funniest
  • Most Creative

Contest is open to any design professional in the DFW area; please submit using your company email.  Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.  Winners will be announced, and all submissions will be posted to our website & social media on October 30th.  Good luck!