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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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

Fundamentals of Lighting 2020 @ FSG Lighting
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm
[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 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day

IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting ConferenceCONFERENCE 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.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the SALC without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope you find this virtual conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

DATES: October 26 – October 28, 2020
There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members

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!

Virtual Project Tour: Park House @ Online meeting - link to be sent
Dec 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Park House project recently won IA Awards on the local and national levels. Join us as Essential Light Design Studio takes a deeper dive to discuss project successes, pitfalls, hurdles and solutions. Every project is a journey. This one included adventures in warm-dim strategies as they relate to owner dimming expectations and budget; the challenge of over 100 decorative fixture types and coordinating these with the dimming system; the detailed coordination of using Ketra technology within an overall Crestron control system, only to have Ketra be bought by Lutron and all of that software integration taken off the table. In addition, we will discuss the pros & cons of zoomable fixtures for ever-changing art exhibits, pool/fountain lighting materials coordination, working with high-sheen and reflective finishes, integration of lighting in millwork (sometimes with windows at the back of the millwork), and programming for mood over the course of the late afternoon/sunset/dusk timeframe when the club sees heavy use of terraces that face east, and west, along with adjacent interior lounge spaces. We hope you will join us.

A link will be sent out the week of the meeting.

Holiday at the Arboretum @ Dallas Arboretum
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the 12 Days of Christmas. Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights.

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

RSVP: John McCart,, 469-916-8531, or eVite

Admission will be covered by the Section; you’ll be responsible for your own food & drink, as well as bringing a festive spirit! Concessions will be open, and they have a new beer garden this year as well.

We’ll plan to meet at the front gate, head over to the concessions at 6:00, start walking the garden around 6:45, and finish up about 8:00. Per the Arboretum, face coverings are required for the duration of the visit.

We need to purchase tickets in advance, so an RSVP is required by Friday, December 4th.

Webinar: Ice, Darkness, a Circadian Story
Jan 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Webinar: Ice, Darkness, a Circadian Story

For those that ‘winter’ in Antarctica, psychosis, suicide and depression have been common issues; so too have been records of circadian sleep disorders. This presentation shows the history and challenges of living in Antarctica, specifically at the British Halley Ice Shelf Research Station.

The speaker was responsible for the all the lighting design for Halley VI and for the interior habitats. This was informed by over 40-years of endocrinological medical data gathered from the previous stations. This talk will show the history and challenges of life at Halley and Antarctica, the research, the data analysis and the solutions for the lighting design that was installed to address historic medical issues on those that winter on the ice. Since the base has opened in late 2010, the speaker remained in touch with the doctors and staff, and over the years has seen how dramatically life at Halley is improved over that experienced in the previous versions.

The design of the station is also unique, with the architect and engineers needing to address not just cold, but issues such as ice-shelf movement, snow accumulation and severe winds. Also, the ability to be able to be relocated quickly in an emergency. Now, six years since the station became occupied, the story and solution for Halley VI has a resonance and provides lessons to all in the field of human centric lighting.

About the Speaker
Martin Valentine is a lighting specialist, having worked in the field of lighting design for over 30 years. A Master’s graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, Fellow of the Society of Light & Lighting and Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, he has a unique experience of the global lighting marketplace, having worked within the government client, independent design practice, multidisciplinary consultant, and lighting manufacturer sides. Recently Martin joined Filix Lighting as Managing Director and Global Lighting Solutions Specialist, a role which will focus on the US and UK lighting marketplaces. Martin continues to present worldwide and participate in conferences, webinars and discussions, and maintains active links with many lighting education institutions.

RSVP by Jan 15th, 2021
A Zoom link will be sent out the week of the event to those who register.
Attendees will be eligible to earn 1 IES CEU / 1 AIA LU, provided you are logged into Zoom and watch the presentation for the entire duration.