Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and spent time with family and friends. This month we have a special program on the WELL Building Standard, which is gaining popularity as the human health and efficiency certification. Todd Quinlan will be examining the connection between light and wellness through the lens of this up-and-coming standard, so please join us.


Our Emerging Professional group has kicked off their first-ever Luminaire Design Competition! LightVision:2018 is a lighting-design competition organized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Cleveland Section Board of Managers to inspire and energize Emerging Professionals (EP) in their understanding of fixture development and application. This inaugural competition looks to provide a collaborative environment between new and experienced engineers, architects and designers, fostering communication, and creativity. Not to mention the winner will get their fixture fabricated at Halper Lighting Studios and a generous cash prize. Applications (Form 1 and Form 2) are being accepted through January 19, so please sign up or pass along to someone who might be interested! For additional information contact Josiah Schleicher and/or Bob Halper.


The Cleveland Section is once again hosting a Fundamentals of Lighting course starting Tuesday, March 13, at Karpinski Engineering. Lighting expert Marian Perez will be running the class with weekly guest stars from local lighting celebrities. This 10-week program covers everything from the history of light sources to lighting calculations and codes. It was a huge success last year and we’re looking to build on that with a Webinar option. View our flyer for additional information. Reach out to Marian Perez with any questions or sign up using the PayPal link on our event page.


IES National is accepting submissions for their Illumination Awards through February 12. This award recognizes unique lighting installations around the globe. Bob Halper is our local IA Chair/liaison and will guide you through the submission process (View the IA Calendar). Our section has been represented well in previous years so utilize Bob.


Our program year is rounding second base into 2018. A sneak peek of upcoming events include POE Lighting fixtures, the ElectroExpo (Kevin Houser and TM-30), and LED Plant Growth. Stay tuned for dates and venues, but in the meantime, if you would like to sponsor an event or suggest a speaker please contact our Program Chair, Sean Keenan.


And finally, our next Board of Managers meeting will be held on Thursday, February 8, at noon via conference call. These meetings are open to all of our members. If you would like to get involved, please let Henry Barker know and he will add you to the meeting invitation.


I look forward to seeing you at our January program!



Tony Clark, PE
President, IES Cleveland Section

Building Integrated Services