2023 IES Street & Area Lighting Conference to feature expert-led seminars and networking sessions

Oct. 18, 2023
The Oct. 29–Nov. 1 event will be held at the JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis.

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is holding its 2023 Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Oct. 29–Nov. 1. Attendees can attend workshops, seminars, and networking sessions and walk the exhibition hall, all of which are geared toward the interests of and challenges facing outdoor lighting professionals.


The opening day of SALC will offer four workshop options, each held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Fundamentals of Outdoor Lighting,” taught by Cree Lighting’s Eric Haugaard and Duane Henderson, will cover the development of LED technology and the impacts of lighting design choices; “Outdoor Lighting Applications,” taught by Matt Hartley of Matt Hartley Lighting and Holophane’s Lynn Asselin will explore outdoor lighting on a professional design level; “Outdoor Lighting Controls,” a workshop led by Itron’s Amanda Dixon and RTE Energy Solutions’ Mark Carter, will cover smart lighting controls solutions and standards; and “Outdoor Lighting Computer Aided Design,” a workshop taught by Defining Brilliance Consulting founder Donna Gafford, will focus on the use of Agi32 software for site/area and street applications.

After a break, Cooper Lighting Solutions will host a “Ladies in Lighting” session, which will be followed by the official IES SALC welcome gathering.


Monday, Oct. 30, will kick off an information-dense line-up of seminars. Highlights include a session from Keisha Reid, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Business for the Government of Barbados’ Energy Division. In her presentation “Traffic-based Lighting in Barbados,” Reid will speak on the use of ANSI receptacles to increase energy efficiency and share findings from a smart city radar sensor project undertaken by the Government of Barbados that used sensors attached to LED streetlights to change light levels in response to the presence of vehicles.

Cree’s Henderson will discuss the supply chain’s impact on the lighting industry with “Lighting for Better Environment — Why Supply Chain Matters,” and NB Power’s Ryan Swim will discuss opportunities provided by sensor technologies and increased data collection In “Lighting Connections: Micro-Sensing and Utility-Focused Add-Ons.” Attendees can choose among multiple network breakout sessions based on the material from these and other seminars.

IES past president Shirley Coyle will begin Tuesday’s presentations with “How We’re Thinking Differently About Outdoor Lighting.” Coyle, who also served on the IES board of directors from 2011 to 2018, is an industry expert with experience driving growth through creative strategies.

Another Tuesday highlight will be Ronald Gibbons’s presentation, “Current Results for the Light and Melatonin Relationship: A Naturalistic Approach.” Gibbons, the director of the Center for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems (CIBSS) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), will discuss the current understanding of the link between lighting and human melatonin production.

Like Monday, Tuesday’s seminars will be followed by network breakout sessions. Attendees are then invited to an exhibitor-sponsored casino night.

Nam Cho will kick off the conference’s final day with his presentation, “Lighting Beyond Reality,” which will review the evolution of augmented reality technology and explore future opportunities for lighting professionals. Cho has more than 20 years of experience in technology product development and serves as director of advanced development at Cooper Lighting Solutions.

Other Nov. 1 highlights include The Lighting Practice’s Jonathan Hoyle, who will speak on strategies for underpass lighting design in “Improve Safety Perception and Community Engagement with Underpass Lighting”; the final session of the conference, “Industry Updates” from Becky Rainer and Current Lighting’s Jeremy Yon; and closing remarks from 2024 SALC planning chair Jeff Gillis.

Visit ies.org for event registration and a full exhibitor list.

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