The Cincinnati/Louisville Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is  the go-to technical authority on illumination in the Greater Cincinnati Area and Kentucky.

Do You Have A Passion For Lighting?

We welcome all professionals involved with the art and science of illumination including lighting designers, lighting manufacturers, lighting engineers, architects, interior designers and anyone with a passion for light.

Upcoming Events

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December 11th, 2019                                                 Holiday Happy Hours



2019 IES Illumination Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Illuminations Awards program via the Illumination Awards portal. Early bird submission fees are $150 per entry. Entries between Feb.2 – Feb. 15 are $200 per entry.


Lighting Control Innovation, sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association
Advanced lighting control solutions can provide significant energy savings, flexibility and other benefits in buildings. This prestigious award recognizes good lighting projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

Interior Lighting Design, sponsored by Edwin Guth
This award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience.

Outdoor Lighting Design, sponsored by Eaton
The Outdoor Lighting Design Award recognizes excellence in lighting design and application in all aspects of exterior lighting. The program celebrates achievements in aesthetics, applied technical acumen, creative solutions to demanding site conditions and advancements to the industry in outdoor lighting applications. The goal of the program is to further the understanding, knowledge and function of outdoor lighting as a critical aspect of the built environment.

Energy and Environmental Lighting Design, sponsorship available!
The Energy and Environmental Lighting Design Award recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design.


  • Section Awards: Awarded at the local section level judging. Projects scoring adequately at the section move up for additional judging in the global judging, eligible for the awards noted below.
  • Awards of Merit: Recognizes meritorious contribution to lighting design.
  • Special Citation: Recognizes superior elements for a portion of a project.
  • Award of Excellence: Awarded for an exceptional contribution to the art and science of light
  • Award of Distinction: Awarded for extraordinary achievement in lighting design.

Click here for eligibility and rules. [PDF]

Click here to view the submission tutorial. [PDF]

View previous awarded projects here.

Blink 2017

Many thanks go out to our membership and those who visited our installation. We had over 3,000+ people come through from all walks of life.  Most importantly, many thanks to Matt Minard and Patti Flynn who had put blood, sweat, and tears into this idea!