The Boston Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers.

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IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day
IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference

The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end-users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the SALC without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope you find this virtual conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

DATES: October 26 – October 28, 2020
There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members

GUV Lighting: Benefits and Challenges for Lighting Designers @ Virtual Meeting - Login information provided upon registration
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, facility owners and managers have sought solutions for making their buildings safe for occupants.  Germicidal ultraviolet lighting (GUV) has been understood as an effective disinfectant since the 1930s, and recent research has confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 is effectively made inactive with UV-C light[1].   The biggest issue is how best to harness GUV light to fight this pandemic and the spread of the virus.  What is the role of GUV light to protect human health in buildings?

A panel of experts will present the benefits and challenges of GUV lighting from the perspective of scientific research, real-world applications and GUV lighting manufacturer.  This presentation will answer critical questions regarding GUV lighting including:  What are the best applications of GUV in buildings?  How is GUV light disinfection effectiveness measured?  What is the most effective GUV spectral range for fighting COVID-19?  Should lighting designers implement GUV lighting into their designs?  What are the right specification requirements for GUV lighting?



Danuel Carr
Research Staff
Lighting Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, BCxP, GBE
Principal Design
Commissioning, Energy & UVGI Dosing Engineer at EMA
Energy Management Associates, Inc.

David Venhaus
Manager, Training and Curriculum Development
Lighting Solution Center
Hubbell Lighting



Edward Bartholomew, IALD, LC, LEED AP
Bartholomew Lighting


Webinar structure:

Announcements: (5 minutes)
Alexandra Gadawski, IES Boston Section President

Intro: (10 minutes)
Edward Bartholomew

Panelist One: (15 minutes)
Danuel Carr

Panelist Two(15 minutes)
Steve Di Giacomo

Panelist Three (15 minutes)
David Venhaus

Q&A (15 to 30 minutes)  


This session is approved for 1 LU AIA/HSW with the following learning objectives:

    1. 1. Understand the role of Germicidal ultraviolet lighting as a disinfectant.
    1. 2. Review the issues around harnessing GUV to limit the spread of Covid-19.
    1. 3. Learn the appropriate applications of GUV and understand how disinfection effectiveness is measured.
    1. 4. Discuss which GUV spectral range is appropriate for limiting the spread of Covid-19 and the specification requirements.

A link to sign up for the credit will be provided during the Q&A portion of the session.


[1] C.S. Heilingloh et al. / American Journal of Infection Control 00 (2020) 1-3

ABX 2020 – TH14: Demystifying Lighting from Specification to Installation @ Virtual - Platform and login details provided after registration
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

When it comes to the lighting design process, even seasoned professionals may not always be aware of all those involved outside of their own industry. From architects and engineers to manufacturers, distributors, product reps, and contractors—lighting design involves the expertise of numerous professionals across all fields. Ensuring successful lighting design means ensuring that all players involved are aware of what others are contributing at what stage of the process. “Demystifying” the roles, value, and expectations of all involved opens the door for more effective communication and specifications—critical to the delivery of a successful project that is consistent with the original design intentions. This workshop aims to equip both emerging and seasoned professionals with a better understanding of the process, greater confidence in their interactions with others involved, and a clear path to improving the specifications they provide.