The Albany 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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Meeting Energy Code with Wireless Solutions @ Nine Pin Cider Works
Jan 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wireless Lighting Control and Energy Code Review examines the many wireless protocols lighting control manufacturers are implementing today along with their benefits and detriments to our already crowded wireless atmosphere. These new technologies, along with their communication, are becoming vastly more popular and well adopted in the commercial space; one strictly dictated by a constantly evolving energy code. This presentation explores these protocols and offers helpful compliance paths to ease the daunting task commercial consultants face with the newest release of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016.

  • Become aware of the wireless communication protocols available to manufacturers of controls and how they differ
  • Understand the energy code requirements adopted by each state and the compliance path associated with each
  • Review and analyze the newest energy code for lighting controls released in the United States: ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, chapter 8 and 9
  • Discuss ways wireless lighting control can aid in the compliance of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016

DATE: Thursday, January 9th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LOCATION: Nine Pin Cider Works | 929 Broadway, Albany NY 12207

FEE SCHEDULE: $15 for IES Members, $20 for non-members

Dinner and drinks included

This course offers (1) IES CEU / AIA LU

TO ATTEND: Please RSVP to by December 31, 2019 to ensure for an accurate head count or register directly:


Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Lighting vs Traditional Wireless Systems @ Brown's Brewing - 2nd Fl Private Room
Feb 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come learn all about the current status of Power over Ethernet lighting. This presentation will discuss the pros and cons of PoE lighting vs current lighting systems in use. We will discuss the equipment necessary for installation and the state of the technology available in the market right now. The event will consist of a 1-hour happy hour, the 1-hour CEU presentation, followed by 1 hour of networking and product display table.

Thursday, February 20th: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Happy Hour, Sign In, and Dinner Orders: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dinner and Accredited Presentation 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Networking / Display Table 7:30 – 8:30 pm

$15 for IES Members, $20 for non-members, $15 for students
This course offers (1) IES CEU.
Open bar and meal of choice off the restaurant menu are included in your ticket price.

Please purchase tickets through Eventbrite by February 13th.

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Tour and Learning about the Lighting Research Center @ Lighting Research Center
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lighting Research CenterThe Lighting Research Center, a research center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a research center in the field of lighting. Areas of research include light and human health, illumination for plant health, design demonstrations, and energy efficiency. Come take a tour of the facility and learn about on-going research.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Tour and learning about research at the Lighting Research Center
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Networking event with drinks and appetizers

Lighting Research Center
21 Union Street, Troy NY (across from Uncle Sam Lanes, 6th and Fulton)

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – networking event
377 River St, Troy NY
(a short walk from LRC)

FREE: Vertex is sponsoring the networking event following the tour and learning session.

Please RSVP to by March 6th.

Networking Event Proudly sponsored by Vertex Solutions

Vertex Solutions

Virtual Happy Hour!
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the IES Albany Section for a virtual networking Happy Hour. Michael Schietzelt, President, and Lauryne Zinter, Vice-President, will discuss their vision for this year as we move forward during these uncertain times.

You, our Members, are very important to us! We want to hear your thoughts and get your input for the upcoming year. Please join us.

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

2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference

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

The 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.

Light Control in the Office Space @ Web-Ex link to follow
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This course will cover various areas of lighting control in an office. The course will cover how the goals of light control extend beyond energy savings, and the motivation of various parties for the use of these control means. The participants will investigate several control strategies and learn to apply them to several spaces within the building. An interesting part will be the intelligent integration of several strategies within the same space for more impressive impacts. Finally the participants will receive an overview how spaces perform with these strategies and how to specify control strategies appropriately to make sure performance criteria are met.

AIA Program #LCITOS (1.0 LU/HSW/SD)
Virtual – Web-Ex info to follow.

TO ATTEND: Please RVSP to by September 21st.

Webinar: Designing Interior Space with Indirect Lighting
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Webinar: Designing Interior Space with Indirect Lighting

The Albany IES Section is proud to present our October 2020 virtual AIA Presentation, Designing Interior Space with Indirect Lighting, presented by Chris Smith-Peterson with Ecosense Lighting. 


Humans have evolved to prefer certain characteristics of light and interior spaces – we naturally gravitate towards and feel more comfortable in spaces that are coherent, that provide a clear view of how to move through them, that are well illuminated by full-spectrum light and where contrasts in light and colors are used to create emphasize what is most important, creating a visual hierarchy.

Indirect lighting makes use of the building’s interior envelope and volume to modulate, amplify, and balance lighting from various sources. A layered approach to the lighting of interior spaces, which incorporates a balance of direct and indirect lighting improves visual coherence and wayfinding; articulates and highlights architectural elements, and positively impacts health and productivity.

This course explores how indirect lighting can be used to improve the comfort level of a space and allow it to be used in multiple ways. Participants will learn lighting design techniques for optimizing the design of interior spaces by illuminating ceilings and walls, and by backlighting through translucent materials.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

DATE:Thursday, October 22nd 
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Ecosense AIA Course: ESL105

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LOCATION: Join us for this Virtual AIA Presentation from the safety of your home.


TO ATTEND:   Please RVSP to by October 21st

Lighting Horror Stories
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Lighting Horror Stories

Share your funny (or not so funny) lighting mishaps, installations gone wrong, theatrical lighting that didn’t work, or just funny pictures and stories with other Albany IES members. You can share more than one story, but we’d like to keep them to no more than 5 minutes per story.

We’ll set-up a Virtual Zoom meeting for Thursday October 22th at 5:30PM, then share the screen with you.

Please let me know by October 1st if you’d like to participate.

Thank you!

2020 IES Street & Area Conference
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day
2020 IES Street & Area Conference

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

Integrating Lighting with Other Building Systems
Nov 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Albany IES Section is proud to present our November 2020 virtual AIA Presentation, Integrating Lighting with Other Building Systems, presented by Michael Myer the Energy and Environment Directorate with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Upstate New York.


  • Identify building systems that can be integrated with lighting controls
  • Understand potential energy savings from integration
  • Describe potential costs and economic savings from integration
  • Ask key questions related to integrating systems

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU) – PLEASE NOTE: In order to earn a CEU, an individual must register with the IES Albany section and be logged in to Zoom and watch the presentation for the entire duration, the minimum time to qualify for a CEU is 50 minutes.

TO ATTEND: You must register with