The IES is comprised of over 8,000 individual members all across the globe. Members of the IES are consultants, researchers, designers, educators, manufacturers, and consumers who are lighting professionals. An individual may elect to be an Associate grade or Member grade member of the Society at the time of enrollment. Member grade is considered the more technical IES membership designation. Please check the qualifications for each grade and determine how you should be classified.
Must be registered full-time in a college or university for study toward a degree in engineering, science, fine arts, architecture, interior design or other related fields, or enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year technical school whose curriculum is related to illumination.
Student members need to supply IES with proof of full-time student status.
NOTE: Students are entitled to all current privileges and benefits. Student members may not vote or hold elective office, except in a Student Chapter.
Reduced dues are available for Emerging Professionals. An Emerging Professional (EP) is a recent graduate entering the workforce for the first time or a professional making a career move/change.
A person shall be considered an Emerging Professional for up to five years after graduation or entry into the lighting industry. In order to be eligible you must submit one of the following:
1. Letter of recommendation from an active IES member.
2. Letter from your employer stating years of service and responsibilities. Please submit on company letterhead with employer’s signature.
All others need to apply for Associate or Member grade and meet IES member qualifications.
Those selecting Associate EP grade will be assessed by IES for qualifications before activating this level of membership.
Outside US, Canada and Mexico)
Must be interested in the mission of the Society.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
This is a more technical designation whereby the member shall:
a. be a graduate from a four-year, or longer, accredited college curriculum related to the science or art of illumination and shall have been for at least five (5) years actively engaged in a professional or other similar capacity in the practice or teaching of illumination, or in other directly related fields or activities;
b. be a graduate from a four-year, or longer, accredited college curriculum related to the science or art of illumination and shall have made some valuable contribution to the science or art of illuminating engineering or to its literature;
c. have been for at least ten (10) years actively engaged in the practice or teaching of illumination, or in other directly related fields or activities, five (5) years of which shall have been in a professional or other similar capacity; or
d. have made some exceptionally valuable contribution to the science or art of illuminating engineering or to its literature.
Member grade allows for service as an IES Committee Chair, or on the IES Board of Directors.
US Enrollment Year
All Individual Subscribing members are entitled to the same benefits and privileges as a Member grade or Associate grade member. Additionally, Subscribing Membership includes a copy of the IES Lighting Library (over 50 publications, digital format), including the Lighting Handbook, valued at over $3,000.00 list price. Upon renewal of membership, the individual will continue to receive, at no cost, subsequent library updates as long as the membership is maintained.
All individual member benefits plus the opportunity to support the IES through additional dues and specific projects approved by the Board of Directors. A $50 credit for purchasing IES publications is included.
The organization or individual must have an interest in the purpose of the Illuminating Engineering Society and a desire to support this effort. If you or your company are interested in Sustaining Membership, please contact the IES office at 212-248-5000 (x117, 125 or 101) for details.
As a Sustaining member of the IES, you provide additional support that enables the Society to carry out its mission. The IES works closely with Sustaining members who make important contributions to technical, educational, and research activities. In addition to the benefits of individual membership, Sustaining Membership provides: