Welcome to the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society
We are a volunteer professional membership organization comprised of individuals who share a mutual appreciation for and fascination with all things lighting. We are dedicated to promoting both the art and science of illumination to our members, to other professional organizations, to the industry, and to the public through inspiring events, informative programs, educational series, and great networking opportunities.

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Colin Conroy, LC, MIES
Senior Lighting Designer, Lightcraft



Details on Lumen Award winners for various years now needed. Award winning projects and their designers for years 1969–72, 1976-88, 1991, 1995-97 are missing or incomplete! Can you help provide info? Please contact  lumenawards@iesnyc.org


The 2019 Lumen Awards "Call for Entries" is open to interior or exterior architectural lighting design projects designed by a NYC based designer(s) for a project located anywhere in the world. Or the project must be located in NYC regardless of the location of the designer(s). Please visit iesnyc.org/Lumen_Awards to review eligibility, submission requirements, and general rules before submitting a project.
Deadline Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

The Lumen Awards were established in 1968 by the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) and developed to publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design with the following distinct award categories:
Lumen Award of Excellence: Highest level of achievement for a permanent architectural application
Lumen Award of Merit: Meritorious achievement for permanent architectural application
Lumen Citation: Special recognition for a permanent or temporary lighting installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, or other work

Application Is Open for the IESNYC 2019 Student Lighting Competition
The IESNYC is celebrating the 19th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year’s theme, LIGHT & CULTURE, challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study exploring the role of light in rituals, events, or rites of passage. Light can often be a critical element in a religious or national celebration, like fireworks on the Fourth of July, a lifetime milestone, like a unity candle at a wedding, or a daily observance, like a sun salutation. Light & Culture allows each individual to expand upon their own experiences of light and how it contributes to culture.

Students currently enrolled in a NYC-based college or university are eligible. Prizes include $2,000 for the first place winner, as well as $1,000 for the second place winner, and $500 for third. Read More >

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IESNYC Calendar

Dec 6

IESNYC Board Meeting

6:00 PM
Monthly Board and Committee meeting open to IESNYC members

Dec 13

IESNYC Holiday Party

6:00 PM
Let's celebrate 2018 and the holiday season with the NYC lighting community!

Jan 9

Lighting Jeopardy

6:00 PM
Save the Date

Jan 10

After the Holidays Cocktail Hour

6:00 PM
Save the Date

Jan 22


11 Ways To Cut Costs And Carbon Emissions With LED Retrofits

December 11, 2018. The village of Croton, NY will host a NYSERDA sponsored seminar and demonstration on linear LED retrofits. View 11 options and learn how to choose among them. Read More

The Nuckolls Fund Announces Call for 2019 Proposals

Deadline is Nov. 30, 2018. The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education is now accepting proposals for its 2019 grant and awards cycle. Read More