Next IES Phoenix Event
(Also see below for UPCOMING and PAST events)

Understanding IES Resources
for Best Practice

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:00am – 12:00 noon

Paz Cantina

This course will discuss the many resources that IES makes available to the lighting community and members.  We will discuss the IES handbook (and how to navigate it), supplemental material, and take a closer look at relevant Technical Memoranda that has been recently published.  The presentation is geared to those new to lighting or IES, as well as experienced professionals that want to more fully take advantage of the wealth of information IES offers.

Presented by Sean Carnal of R.C. Lurie.  Sean Carnal graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Global Business Management and Marketing.  He has been in the lighting industry for over a decade, with a focus on energy efficiency, training, and specification.

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Upcoming IES Phoenix Events



  • November – Jennifer Huff Lunch Presentation of “How to Know” Assessing the Quality and Performance of LED Luminaires.
  • December – Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Gardens. See desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music.
  • January – New Year Social
  • February – Dark Sky Presentation: Achievements in reducing light pollution, challenges with blue lighting in outdoor lighting, billboards and signage along with current regulations.  or “Lighting Designer Panel” with local lighting designer roundtable Q&A.
  • March – Top Golf Event
  • April – James Turrell display tour at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or at ASU. This will be an on-site tour with possibly some local insight.

May – IES Phoenix Section Illumination Awards.



Past IES Phoenix Events

We would like to thank all of our past speakers for sharing their knowledge with us. Here is a partial listing of some of our past programs.




09/18 IES

Social Networking

Social Networking Event
06/18 Nathan Short,/
Energy Systems Design

2018 IECC Update

A presentation on the requirements of 2018 IECC, with emphasis on commercial energy efficiency of electrical power and lighting systems.  Included a summary of all requirements for construction documents, project compliance, and commissioning, with specific highlights of changes from previous versions.  Handouts included decision trees for the power and lighting system sections, and bullet points of the code changes.  City of Phoenix is in the process of adopting the 2018 Building Construction Codes, with implementation target date of July 6, 2018 and mandatory compliance required by September 1, 2018.  Nathan Short, our presenter and instructor, has over 11 years of experience in electrical design.  He has presented on the IECC to groups ranging from architects to lighting reps approximately 10 times in the last few years.  He is former IES Phoenix Section Chapter Vice President.
05/18 Mark Greenawalt/
Creative Designs in Lighting
Tour of Mountain Shadows Resort and Condos & IES Illumination Awards The original Mountain Shadows Resort was built in 1959 at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley.  The IES toured the new Mountain Shadows Resort that was rebuilt from the ground up and opened it’s doors last year as a modern icon of luxury.  The tour explored the interior spaces (Hearth ’61 Restaurant, Ballrooms, Art Gallery, Proshop) and exterior grounds (Roof Terrace, Wedding Lawn, Pool Terrace, Entry Experience), and also viewed a finished condo unit.

This was also a celebration of the IES Phoenix Section Illumination Awards.

04/18 IES Phoenix Section IES-PHX Spring Networking Happy Hour The IES Phoenix Section hosted a networking and socializing event for the lighting community at OHSO Distillery in Scottsdale.  This was a free event and included appetizers, games, and an opportunity for the community to meet with the IES board members.

03/18 Scott Wright/
Wright Engineering and
Mark Greenawalt/
Creative Designs in Lighting
University of Phoenix Stadium LED Lighting Tour Witness in action the LED sports lighting technology from the University of Phoenix Stadium. Tour showed how these LED lights are DMX controlled and the installation techniques used, Up On the Catwalk!

We also visited the new luxurious, state of the art, 50-yard line lounges and VIP Suites, showcasing an interactive, upscale game day environment.

02/18 Gabriela Jacobsen/
DLR Group
“The Roman Colosseum”, a First Hand Account The presentation focused on lighting techniques regarding ancient monuments and how to preserve its history through lighting. The approach is using a non-intrusive technique that highlights areas and materials without exposing the light source.

01/18 Mark Greenawalt/
Creative Designs in Lighting
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR EXTERIOR LIGHTING Architectural photography will help you take better pictures of your projects for marketing, awards, and wall decor. There is an art to getting great shots of exterior lighting projects. Having a quality camera with great lenses is a good start, but there are several other things to know that will elevate the impact of night photography. From discussing the best time to shoot to understanding the optimum camera settings, this presentation shows how to take better pictures to present your projects and products for marketing, design awards, and stellar portfolios.

Elmore Pedestrian Bridge at Tempe Town Lake near the performing arts center.

Elmore Pedestrian Bridge at Tempe Town Lake near the performing arts center.

12/17 IESPHX Desert Botanical Gardens – Las Noches de las Luminarias A wonderful evening of networking and enjoying the 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of twinkling lights, the beautiful garden landscape and a rare treat, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko.We met at the entrance for cookies and hot chocolate before entering and then enjoyed some good live music together at the event.

Desert Botanical Gardens Luminarias Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Botanical Gardens Luminarias Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona

06/17 Sean Carnal/
R.C. Lurie Company
Lighting Product & Technology Design Trends Topics included Tunable White, Saturated & Tunable Color, Dynamic Lighting, Lighting for the Built Environment, and Controls Development/Reporting. This presentation will provide a broad overview of several topics that lighting manufacturers are focusing on.  Knowledge of these topics will be greatly beneficial to lighting designers and engineers as the technologies further mature and become more widely implemented.
05/17 Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D./
Lighting Research Center
Light and Health: From Science to Applications Biological rhythms that repeat approximately every 24 hours are called circadian rhythms.  Light is the main stimulus that helps the circadian clock, and thus circadian rhythms, to synchronize with the 24-hour day.  If lack of synchrony or circadian disruption occurs, we may experience decrements in physiological functions, neurobehavioral performance, and sleep.

Lighting for the circadian system employs lighting design objectives that differ from those typically used in traditional architectural lighting design, and therefore, requires metrics that differ from those currently used by lighting designers.

In this presentation, the limitations of current lighting metrics (e.g. CCT, lux) in specifying light for the circadian system will be discussed.  Practical design solutions to increase the potential for circadian light exposure in buildings and new field data investigating the health effects of light will be discussed.

The goal of this presentation is to provide attendees with new tools and metrics that will help them specify and apply effective lighting to improve our lighting in our living environments.

03/17 Justin Dagerman/
MSA EngineeringNathan Short/
Energy Systems Design
2015 IECC and 2016 CA Title 24 Code Update The class highlighted key changes to the codes as well as general requirements and design criteria.
12/16 Cassie Robertson/DPR Construction DPR Construction Office Tour tour of DPR Construction’s Phoenix Net-Zero Energy Certified office building. Phoenix’s Net-Zero Energy Certified office building serves as a “living laboratory” for the community and is as high-performing and multi-talented as our people. Ranked as one of the largest general contractors in Arizona and a leading technical builder in the Southwest, DPR’s Phoenix office has built a solid reputation since it was established in 1994. The 125-person operation completes award-winning projects and is recognized as one of the safest contractors in the Southwest (and Arizona).


06/16 Buck Yee/Davis Architecture Marina Heights Tour A walking tour of the 20 acre Marina Heights campus at Tempe Town Lake included a representative selection of the 2-million square foot of this massive office complex, the largest in Arizona. We toured Building A to explore a typical floor, a training floor, the parking garage, a balcony and the lobby and then concluded with exterior plaza’s Arizona Room.
03/16 Hosted by Architekton ASU College Avenue Commons Tour College Avenue Commons is the recently completed 149k square foot facility at the Arizona State University main campus.

It is a mixed-use, five-story building designed for the ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the Sun Devil Marketplace. The facility provides mediated classrooms, offices, labs and collaboration/study spaces for Del E. Webb School of Construction, Construction Engineering, the Alliance for Construction Excellence, and the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering department. The project was designed in collaboration by Architekton and Gensler.
11/15 Gregg Adams/Clanton and Associates Lighting Sommeliers:
Pairing Solid-state Lamps and Dimmers in Existing Spaces
10/15 Mark Greenawalt and Zack Hoyt/Creative Designs in Lighting Designing with Daylight – The latest products and programs to help navigate the design of Daylight Autonomy.
09/15 Ryder Tunney/ LightLab International Tour of LightLab International photometric test facility in Phoenix to observe a state of the art 5m (16.5ft) Type-C rotating mirror gonio-photometer, namely; R80A
04/15 Daniel Gourley/ SGR Media Tour of the Chandler City Hall Television studio and the recent LED lighting upgrades.
03/15 Nathan Short, P.E. /Energy Systems Design 2012 IECC Code Refresher-A general overview of the energy code as it relates to lighting.
12/14 IES Networking Function APS Electric Light Parade
Pre-event float viewing
11/14 Jeff Farrington from Holophane How the eye works and the impacts on lighting design.AIA Accredited.
05/14 Bob Ferraro-SRP and Justin Pratt-APS APS / SRP Commercial Rebate Program Lunch Event SRP Program Presentation

APS Program Presentation

02/14 Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg Associate Professor at the University of Idaho. Seminar on daylighting and current best practices for daylighting design and analysis. This program qualifies for 1.15 IES CEUs, AIA LUs, and GBCI CEs.
Self-Guided tour of the exhibit with complimentary admission.
12/13 Alwun House
Art Gallery
Lighthouse Art Installation With gallery lights off, artworks must play on the theme of illumination – an eclectic electric exhibit. Light up the Holidays, with luminous art installed throughout Alwun House gallery and into the gardens, creating a warm and fuzzy atmosphere. Bask in the warm glow of self-illuminating artworks from over 25 artists light boxes, furniture, shrines, sculpture, black light, neon, video, lamps, and an interactive light installation. Works display imaginative integration of mediums, functional and conceptual. All arts shining in a darkened room.
09/13 32nd Annual Sunstroke Classic Annual Golf Tournament at
ASU Karsten Golf Course
05/13 DPR Construction Tour of DRP Construction’s Net Zero Headquarters
04/13 Salt River Project 5th Annual SRP Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference and Workshop
01/13 Roger Smith South Mountain Community College Library Lighting Tour
12/12 IES Phoenix Section APS Fiesta of Lights
Electric Light Parade
Preview Party, Phoenix, AZ
11/12 IES Phoenix Section The IES Phoenix Awards Banquet at Phoenix City Grill

South Arizona Avenue
Corridor Improvements
John Willett and Ryan Neiffer

Paradise Valley Community College
Building Q Renovation

Mark Greenawalt

09/12 30th Annual Sunstroke
Golf Classic
Annual Golf Tournament at
Wildfire Golf Course
JW Marriott at Desert Ridge
04/12 Jeff Gerwing/
City of Chandler City Hall Complex, winner of the Paul Waturbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design
03/12 Chip Israel The IES Roadshow will roll out of the new IES Handbook
02/12 Jeff Kramer/
Philips Lighting
Safety and Security Lighting
01/12 IES Phoenix Section Walking tour of ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo
11/11 IES Phoenix Section The IES Phoenix Awards Banquet at Busters on the Lake

Halle Children’s Heart Museum
Robin Goetz and Thomas Goetz

Mesa Community College Health and Wellness Building
Mark Greenawalt and Megan Smith

The Saguaro Building at Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus
Randall Driscoll and Brett Lorenzen

10/11 Kim Anderson/
APS and Bob Ferraro/
APS / SRP Commercial Rebate Program Lunch Event
09/11 29th Annual Sunstroke
Golf Classic
Golf Tournament Wrap-up 
06/11 Brett Lorenzen, Mark Greenawalt/SmithGroup Tour of Central Park East and Taylor Place
04/11 Herberger Staff Herberger Theater Tour 
02/11 Jeff Kramer/Phillips Lighting Energy Efficient Lighting – Today and into the FuturePresentation
01/11 Scott Wright/Wright Engineering Phoenix ZooLights
09/10 28th Annual Sunstroke Golf Classic Golf Tournament Wrap-up
06/10 Mark Greenawalt/SmithGroup LASERS
03/10 Scott Wright/Wright Engineering Site Visit to the Phoenix Civic Art Space
02/10 Howard Israel/International Darksky Association A Night of Star Gazing and a Lecture on the Effects of Light Pollution 
01/10 John Abberton/Allied Group Sales Light Control and LEED: How Light Control Helps Achieve LEED Certification in Commercial Buildings
11/09 David DiLaura/Accuity Brands A History of Light and Lighting
10/09 Lisa Heschong/Heschong Mahone Group Using Daylighting as a Light Source
08/09 Jeff Kramer/Phillips Lighting LED’s – Are We There Yet? 
04/09 Mark Greenawalt & Brett Lorenzen/SmithGroup Using 3D Software to Streamline the Preparation of Lighting Construction Documents
03/09 Greg Subisak, PE, LC/Holophane How to Properly Read Photometric Reports
01/09 Dawn DeGrazio/Lighting Analysts The Yin-Yang of Lighting Design
10/08 Peter Strasser/International Dark Sky
11/07 Mark Greenawalt, PE, LC/Creative Designs in Lighting Architectural Photography
04/07 Meg Smith/Lightolier Intelligent Lighting – The Smart Way to Green
03/07 Ray Yeager/Holophane Nighttime Driving for the Aging Driver 
02/07 Dawn DeGrazzio/Holophane Lighting for Industrial Facilities
01/07 Greg Subisak/Holophane Photometry Reports Simplified
12/06 Martin Moeck/ASU DALI Applications and Next Generation Controls
10/06 Clark Corn/Wide-Lite Electronic HID & HID Dimming Technologies
05/06 Wayne Dobberphul and Bill Biesemeyer/APS Demand Side Management Program
04/06 Sunstroke Golf Tournament Sunstroke Golf Tournament 
04/06 Cheryl English/Lithonia Lighting EPAct 2005 – Tax Credit Opportunities For Energy Efficiency
03/06 Naomi Miller/Naomi Miller Lighting Design Award winning lighting practices



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