The IES and IES Boston Section offer a variety of learning resources and opportunities that lighting and allied professionals will require throughout their professional lives to stay at the forefront of the art and science of lighting design, manufacturing and installation and to realize fulfilling careers.

Introduction to Lighting was developed by Dan Blitzer, Principal of The Practical Lighting Workshop, and the Illuminating Engineering Society education team to provide a fast-paced and practical understanding of lighting vocabulary, equipment, regulations, and practices. No prior lighting experience is required.

Introduction to LightingLearning Objectives
The overall objective of the course is a broad introduction to the technology and practice of lighting with emphasis on recognizing and applying lighting principles and technical terminology.

  1. Explore the physics and interaction of light and human vision.
  2. Explain the key terminology and attributes of light source families and types.
  3. Describe the attributes and applications of luminaires.
  4. Describe the attributes and applications of lighting controls.
  5. Identify the codes, regulations, and standards that govern and guide lighting practice.
  6. Survey lighting economics and maintenance strategies.

WHO? Open to all: non-members, members. No previous lighting experience required.

WHAT? Course is 7 modules: 8 videos, 7 quizzes, and a certificate of completion. It takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to watch all videos. Plus the time to take quizzes.

PRICE: $150 for members, $200 for non-members (save $50 with a discount code from your local IES Section, use at checkout)

Student Scholarships
Our Section is fortunate to have many colleges and universities offering programs related to building design and technologies. In keeping with the IES mission, our section wishes to encourage education in lighting and offers scholarships for students interested in pursuing lighting or related fields. Our scholarships have taken the form of submitted applications and/or design competitions.

Scholarships are distributed from an education fund generated by proceeds of our golf outing; however, at times we have also received sponsorship support from local businesses sharing a commitment to education. If your organization is interested in exploring the idea of such an arrangement, please contact any of our officers.

We encourage all students and educators to contact us to learn more about our scholarship opportunities. We will post details of scholarship opportunities on this page as they become available.

New IES eLearning Portal – Now Available
The IES is launching a new, on-demand education opportunity: IES eLearning! Check out to peruse educational content from the IES in a way you haven’t seen before. Each webinar or video features a one-hour course, a brief quiz and survey, and a downloadable CEU certificate. LEARN MORE

The Lighting Library® – Now Available
The IES is proud to introduce the Lighting Library® which updates, expands, and replaces the 2010 Lighting Handbook and previous versions of our standards. The Lighting Library is a new digital platform to access IES standards, offering you an easier, more functional lighting knowledge tool in the office or on the go.

The Lighting Library is a newly formulated 5-collection series of IES standards that updates, expands, and replaces the 2010 Lighting Handbook and previous versions of our standards. All content within the Library has been vetted and approved by our ANSI-approved IES consensus process, with most of the nearly 100 standards having attained American National Standard status. Subscribing to the Lighting Library through our web-enabled platform allows you to take your knowledge with you (without breaking your back); you can bookmark, annotate, and keep track of updates, all personalized to your interests. Click here for more information