The Illuminating Engineering Society

The IES was founded in 1906 and has been promoting and educating professionals in the lighting field for over a century.

The Tidewater, VA section of IES was founded in 1977 and includes professions in the lighting, architecture and engineering fields in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads, Virginia region. We are an active section whose monthly meetings host experts in the lighting industry, many of which award CEUs. Our section has also organized a successful IES conference that brought together professionals from across the region and the state to learn and network. 

Our Mission: The IES seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating knowledge into actions that benefit the public.

Our Vision: The IES will build upon a century of excellent to create the premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations, and the public.