IESSF 2018 LC Prep Course - 7 Sessions

PG&E Pacific Energy Center (map)

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IES San Francisco will offer a study group again this year to help understand the NCQLP Lighting Certification Exam scheduled for Saturday, 3 November 2018 (in Walnut Creek), and to share students' professional lighting expertise and reference materials.

This 7-week course will meet on Wednesday evenings, 6-9 PM, at PG&E's Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St. in San Francisco; the first class is 19 September 2018 with the last session on 31 October.  The format of the LC Prep Course is informal, with seminar-style discussions. Course cost is $300 for each participant.

Test application deadline and qualifications for LC are listed at the NCQLP website in their Candidate Handbook


This course does NOT include test registration!  Note that application for the Exam may take a few days to acquire reference letters (and possibly a college transcript) and that early registration (by 13 August) has lower exam fees.

The key reference for this exam is the IES Handbook (10th Edition, bound or digital version) and we have one copy of this 10-pound tome available to borrow. We will have at least one copy of each reference publication available to share during our meetings, but not all are available to take home. We also have a few of copies of lighting textbooks you can borrow for a week or two if you need to refresh your lighting basics.

Dates & Times: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
September 19, 2018 - October 31, 2017
Location: Pacific Energy Center, Board Room
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: $300 per person
(Fees non-refundable for cancellations & no-shows)
Contact: Larry Ayers,

IESSF 2018 Fundamentals of Lighting Course - 9 Sessions

PG&E Pacific Energy Center (map)

IES San Francisco is offering a 9-week Fundamentals of Lighting course again this year.  This course will meet on Wednesday evenings, 6-9 PM, at PG&E's Pacific Energy Center, beginning September 19, 2018.  We cover major topics in lighting, and provide an overview of light including:

  • Lighting terms and physics of light
  • Vision, and light and health
  • Light sources, fixtures, controls
  • Lighting metrics and photometry
  • Codes, standards, economics
  • Daylighting, sustainability
  • Lighting design process and techniques
  • Interior and exterior applications

This class is a great intro into lighting for anyone entering the lighting fields, including designers, sales people, energy specialists, contractors and specifiers, or for anyone eager for technical lighting knowledge. The Pacific Energy Center is again hosting us in the Lighting Classroom, where we can demo many lighting products and techniques, and can show examples of lighting characteristics such as color and properties of light.

Dates & Times: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
September 19, 2018 - November 14, 2018
Location: Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: $350 per person (includes downloadable text – Fundamentals of Lighting binder)
(Fees non-refundable for cancellations & no-shows)
Contact: Linda Sanford,, Sima Tawakoli,

IESSF Emerging Professionals Studio Tour- LUMA San Francisco

LUMA San Francisco (map)


IESSF Emerging Professionals Studio Tour- LUMA San Francisco

October 18, 2018, 5:30-8:00 pm
48 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco 94102

Please join us for free food & libations and some casual networking. Learn about Luma’s latest projects, meet the team, and tour the studio. Enter raffle for 1 year IES Membership!


5:30 - 6:30: Networking & Cocktails

6:30 - 7:30: Presentations/ Tour

7:30 - 8:00: Q&A with audience

Free for Emerging Professionals & Students

More Info: Greg Estep 510 637 9561

About Luma
Shaping and controlling light to provide positive, humanistic experiences in architecture has been at the core of Luma’s design practice since our founding in 2001. From simple daylit structures to highly integrated and interactive electric lighting and control systems, Luma designers employ design strategies and technologies that fit the unique requirements of each client. From concept to execution, Luma’s design process is highly collaborative, inherently sustainable, and more than a little fun.

Luma is a dedicated lighting-design practice within PAE, a full service engineering firm with offices in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Eugene. Luma has direct access to experts in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, technology design, and Building Analysis and Modeling (BAM). When more than lighting design is needed, Luma offers holistic, customizable, cross-discipline teams. This intimate collaboration of light, air, water, and information keeps us relevant and successful as they design some of the most sustainable buildings in the world.

Light, Color, Materials: Practicing Integrated Design

Hermary's Showroom (map)

This seminar looks at case studies of successful integrated design where interior designers and lighting designers have collaborated fully to maximize the interactive effects of interior surfaces, finishes and colors to create beautiful, elegant environments.


251 Rhode Island (map)

This year we gather for fun, networking & urban tribal rituals at SF’s hot new spot in Dogpatch- 251 Rhode Island St.