Event and Speaker Profiles

Lumen West 2016, Under the Big Top

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Lighting Design Community Members of all types: step right up and come to Lumen West 2016, Under the Big Top! Join us at The Wiltern on June 25th, 2016 for a night of dazzling lights and spectacular designers. Help us honor all of those in the lighting industry who have worked together to enhance architecture with light, the cream of the cream. You won't believe your eyes! Get ready, you won't want to miss this extravaganza!

Food and drinks will be served throughout the show.


The Wiltern
3790 WIlshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Digital vs. Analog Lighting Controls

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Please join us for a presentation on digital vs. analog lighting controls followed by a round table discussion. The presentation will cover the following items:

  • Review the capability of digital addressable control protocols - DMX and DALI
  • Compare digital protocols to analog 0-10V and line voltage dimming protocols and aspects of their respective standards
  • Summarize the installation requirements of each control type and the inherent cost advantages of digital addressable lighting
  • Present the design requirements of digital addressable lighting and 0-10V projects
  • Identify specific language for specification documents for DMX and DALI lighting control that meets the performance and function required on a project

Guest Speakers:

Jim Yorgey

Jim Yorgey, Technical Applications Manager, joined Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., in 1974 and has held positions in quality control, engineering, marketing, and sales.

Jim's current role as System Sales Engineer, provides technical support to sales groups and specifiers in the mid-Atlantic region on the integration of lighting controls, and window treatments.

Jim is a member of I.E.E.E., IES, INFOCOMM and NSPE. He has served on IES committees and the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 Committee. He chairs the National Lighting Bureau.>

Jim has a Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree from Penn State, is a registered Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania, is lighting certified (LC) and is a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS).

Chris Yorgey

Chris Yorgey is a Senior Design and Development Engineer at Lutron Electronics. Chris joined Lutron in 2008 as an Embedded Software Engineer working on the development of HomeWorks QS, Lutron’s flagship residential control system, after obtaining his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Elizabethtown College. In 2015 Chris left his role as the Engineering Project Leader on the HomeWorks QS product line and assumed a six month transitional role in Europe in customer education. Following his return to the US Chris assumed the role of System Sales Engineer for California and the South-western United States, where he uses his technical skills to assist in overcoming technical challenges which arise during the specification and design of large scale residential and commercial projects.

Matthias Nikolakopulos

In 1986, Matthias became the youngest licensed Electrical Engineer in the State of California, and ever since then he worked for Nikolakopulos & Associates Inc. - the oldest electrical engineering firm in California. Licensed in (14) states and U.S. territories, his firm has provided electrical engineering expertise all over the world. Currently operating as Nikolakopulos, Inc., Matthias is now President of the firm.

6:00 pm - Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 pm - Panel Presentation

La Kretz Innovation Campus
525 S. Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Parking is $5.00 at the location/street parking is also available

Cash/Check at the Door Price: Paypal Prepaid
$20 members/non-members
$25 At Door
$5 Students with ID
*Note: Pre-payment is non-refundable.

Hors d'oeuvres and Drinks (wine/beer) will be provided

Please RSVP by April 20th here »

Los Angeles Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society 21st Annual Wally Whitney Memorial Product Fair

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Illuminating Engineering Society Los Angeles Section is proud to bring you another popularly received Lighting Product Show. We will be returning to our successful location--the historic Shrine Expo Center, 700 West 32nd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

This year the Show will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, opening to guests at 2 pm, and closing at 9pm (move-in and move-out same day, starting at 9am). As in years past, there is Free admission, parking, and food for all.

Our separate sign-up form will give you all of the information. Space is based on a “first come, first serve” basis. Last year, we were sold out before the end of the year.

Manufacturers need to register through their local sales representative if they have one. The maximum number of booth spaces available per representative is 10. Representatives should list the complete name of each manufacturer to which a space is to be assigned (for proper signage). Payment must be received by January 29th, 2016 to insure your reservation.

With the success of this event, we are funding the IES Los Angeles Section Student Education Fund, which consists of the Saul Goldin Memorial Internship Program and the Russell Cole Memorial Design Competition. These education programs have been redesigned to offer diversified opportunities to Southern California students from the design community who are interested in pursuing lighting studies.

We look forward to your participation and another successful event. Send in the separate sign-up form and payment as soon as possible to reserve your space. Checks must be payable to "IES Los Angeles Section," as indicated on signup form… (sorry, we cannot accept credit cards for registration).

Please feel free to contact Allan Weaver, or Francesca Terzano with any questions…

Download the sign-up form here »


9:00am, 2/23/16
9:00pm, 2/23/16

Shrine Expo Center
700 W 32nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Free Admission, parking and food. Cash bar.

Architectural Panel “Why hire a lighting designer?”

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light— Le Corbusier

Lighting is invisible and visible at the same time. Lighting can be an intangible item in the design process but can have profound effects on a space. It is the link that makes it possible for other things to happen in a space. How does a lighting designer perform their work? How are they integrated into the design team? How do Architects, Lighting Designers and Engineers all work together to create beautiful and memorable spaces. Please join us for an engaging discussion about these issues.

Confirmed panelists:

Tarrah Beebe AIA
Architect at KFA

Principal at Oculus Light Studio

Bryan Walsingham AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Architect at Gruen Associates

Bryan Gauger PE LEED AP
Principal at ARC Engineering

6:00 pm - Networking with Drinks and Appetizers
7:00 pm - Panel Presentation

Austere (Note New location)
912 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Parking is available garage next door for $5-7. (Enter on 9th St.) Meter Parking along street is also available


Appetizers and Drinks will be provided

Light and Human Health


Los Angeles - It is time... To enter your 2016 IES Illumination Awards!

Online submission is now open and will end February 8, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.

Program Overview

The IES Illumination Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.

Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum that represents knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria. This program is not a competition. The program is open to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations. The Guth, Waterbury, Cutler, Energy and Environmental Design Award sponsored by Osram Sylvania and the Control Innovation Award sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design.

Submission will remain open until Saturday February 14th 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

If you have any questions regarding your submission, how to submit, tips, hints, etc, feel free to contact your IESLA – IA Section Chair, David Komonosky, and he’ll be happy to help.

David Komonosky, LC, LEED® AP
Principal- Specification Sales


Email:   davidk@performanceltg.com
Cell:      310 426 0985


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