IES Annual Conference and SALC Recap

By Timothy Licitra posted 09-27-2019 20:22


-From the Desk of the Executive Director-

Over the last 60 days, the IES held two of its largest annual events: the 2019 IES Annual Conference and the 2019 Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC). Much of our time has recently been spent on executing these two events, both of which were great successes for the IES. Thank you to all the attendees, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, staff, and most importantly our volunteers for advancing our Society through these two important events.


2019 IES Annual Conference (August 9th – 10th) – Louisville, KY

While the conference programming itself was formally held on August 9th and 10th, many events and meetings took place as early as August 7th. These pre-conference events included the Leadership Forum, Emerging Professional (EP) Program, the Nominating Committee meeting, various technical committee meetings, District Executive Council (DEC) meetings, a Regional Membership Council (RMC) meeting and the Global Lighting Summit, among others.

The kick-off to the conference was the Illumination Awards Gala, which was held the evening of August 8th, and provided a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria. To view a complete list of recipients and watch a video of the award-winning projects, please click here. Thank you to Acuity Brands for their sponsorship of the Illumination Awards Gala.

In total, there were nearly 600 attendees at this year’s Annual Conference. In addition to the programming, which featured papers, seminars, posters and keynote presentations totaling 14 CEUs, there were also three experience rooms. Attendees were able to participate in demos to help further research. The rooms included:

The LiDO Experience: By considering lighting design objectives, the modern designer can create visual hierarchy and interest within our spaces despite restrictive energy concerns. LiDO is that – a procedure that will put the control for interior lighting design back into the hands of the designers; a true benefit to everyone who lives and works indoors.

Glare: Best characterized as an eyes-on “Twilight Zone” experience, attendees were ushered into a simulated nighttime environment to get dark-adapted, then were transported into the Night Gallery to test the full breadth of their glare senses. This experience room was so popular that we actually ran out of spots for people to sign up!

TM-30: In the TM-30 Demo Room, attendees experienced immersive mock-ups illuminated with a variety of light sources illustrating the various design intents (Fidelity, Preference or Vividness). These live lighting demonstrations were paired with TM-30 values to show how TM-30 can be used to select light sources for each intent. They also experienced sources that meet different specification levels of the IES TM-30 specification guidelines outlined in IES TM-30-18 Annex E.

Annual Conference Experience Rooms

We also recognized various members for their technical and service achievements throughout the conference. The Society awards that were presented were the IES Medal, Louis B. Marks Award, Distinguished Service Awards, Fellow Designations and Presidential Awards. To view a full list of award recipients, please click here.

While in Louisville there were plenty of networking opportunities, including an off-site reception at Churchill Downs. Here, attendees were able to mingle, eat great food and enjoy the views of the racetrack. Plus, we were given exclusive walking tours of the grounds. A very special thank you to Eaton, who as our Diamond Sponsor, sponsored this event and more.


2019 IES Street and Area Lighting Conference (September 23rd – 25th) – San Diego, CA

The IES Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) serves a completely different purpose than the IES Annual Conference. Attendance at SALC was over 1,000, which included managers, technical and marketing specialists, lighting consultants and engineers from electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, energy-service companies and manufacturers. These outdoor lighting professionals were interested in learning about products, services, industry trends, safety and other educational topics all focused on street and area lighting.

SALC traditionally begins with pre-conference courses that are available for those seeking additional educational opportunities, as well as the Ladies in Lighting event and a welcome reception on September 22nd. Ladies in Lighting is a networking event for all women attending SALC. The mission of Ladies in Lighting is to support and connect women in our industry and make SALC a better conference for everyone. 

SALC Ladies in Lighting

Throughout the three days, there were terrific educational presentations, additional networking opportunities, exhibit and tabletop sessions, and much more. One of the special moments this year was getting to honor Matt Hartley, who received the SALC Lifetime Achievement Award! His dedication is inspiring, and the society wouldn't be where it is without him.

The evening of September 24th featured an SALC favorite, the exhibitor-sponsored Casino Night. This is a unique feature of this conference and it is a great opportunity for networking with peers in the industry. Attendees play casino games and the casino winnings are exchanged for raffle prize tickets.


Aside from LIGHTFAIR, which IES is a co-owner of, the IES Annual Conference and SALC are our Society’s two largest annual events. They are opportunities for a diverse cross-section of membership to gather for education and networking.

Concurrently, while we have been focused on these two events, we have still been hard at work on increasing the value of your membership and are excited for what we will be making available to you in the coming months.