We are the Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Tidewater) based section of the Illuminating Engineering Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to all aspects of the ART and SCIENCE of ILLUMINATION.

The IES is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over a century its objective has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers through a variety of programs, publications and services. The strength of the IES is its diversified membership consisting of: engineers, architects, designers, educators, students, contractors, distributors, utility personnel, manufacturers, and scientists, all contributing to the mission of the society: to advance knowledge and disseminate information of the improvement of the lighted environment to the benefit of society.

The IES is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and a vehicle for its members professional development and recognition. Through its committees, with hundreds of qualified members from the lighting and user communities, the IES correlates research, investigations, and discussions to guide lighting experts and laypersons via consensus-based lighting recommendations.

Tidewater IES Community,

In coordination with local, state, and national guidance, we are postponing in-person meetings until further notice, which includes this month’s meeting at the Art Institute.  You may or may not have received the following from IES National:

“The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and all available information. It is a serious development that weighs heavily upon the Society, members, volunteers, and the lighting industry at-large. After considering all relevant facts, we have decided that, effective immediately:

  • the IES headquarters office is closed until further notice with all employees working remotely;
  • all non-essential IES staff travel is suspended; and
  • decisions concerning Society events will be made and communicated to you based upon current information with a focus on the health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff.

You have likely already seen the communication from LightFair about the decision that was made by IES, IALD, and IMC leadership to postpone the 2020 trade show and conference in an attempt to preserve the health and safety of the industry and general public. To view the press release again, please click here.

During this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. There are a lot of great developments coming from the IES in the coming months and we are excited about the future of the Society.

Please be safe and be careful. We value your active participation, all you do for the IES, and thank you for your continued support.”

We will be refunding those who paid attendance fees ahead of time and are exploring opportunities to host webinar activities for this month and future meetings.  We will continue to keep you informed with upcoming events and decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please continue to be safe and wise with your health and the health of others.


Tidewater IES