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.

2023 Lighten Up


What does it take to make this event possible? First and foremost, your participation and support for the lighting and design community! Craft materials to build the luminaire, and food and drinks to fuel our participants’ creative minds!

Tidewater IES is relying on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. The money raised will be used to purchase items listed below, enough for up to 30-35 individuals. As a sponsor, your business logo will be added to all LIGHTEN UP Tidewater promotional materials and social media content, and sponsors are encouraged to display their company’s marketing materials during the event. Want to do a little extra? Sponsors are welcome to contribute and provide additional prizes! Contact Vice-President, Laura Ashley A. Alferes ieslightenup@gmail.com to learn more about LIGHTEN UP.