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The IES is comprised of 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 a full member, associate, emerging professional or student member of the Society at the time of enrollment. Full member is considered the more technical IES membership designation. Please check the qualifications for each level and determine how you should be classified.

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$30 USD Annually


A student currently enrolled in an accredited degree or vocational program related to the field of illumination. Transcript required with application submission.

Student members receive the benefits of the society, but can currently not serve on the Board or as a Committee Chair.

Students have access to grants and scholarships, mentorship opportunities, and the ability to attend national events. Students also have access to societal sections made up of lighting industry professionals.

Emerging Professional

$110 USD Annually


An Emerging Professional (EP) is an individual who is employed in the lighting industry but has less than 5 years of experience in the lighting industry. EPs shall be entitled to all current privileges and benefits of the Society, but shall not serve on the Board or as a Committee Chair.

EPs are the future of lighting! Emerging Professionals have access to a wide array of resources including: A chance to engage with the Emerging Professionals Committee, mentorship opportunities with industry professionals, the chance to be highlighted in LD+A Magazine, and Emerging Professional Day at IES’s Annual Conference.


$230 USD Annually


An individual interested in the field of illumination and the mission of the Society.

  1. Applicants for admission or transfer to Associate shall be interested in the mission of the Society and shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  2. Associates shall be entitled to all current privileges but shall not serve on the Board or as a Committee Chair.

Full Member

$230 USD Annually


Be a graduate from a 4-year, or longer, accredited college or university curriculum related to the science or art of illumination and an active professional in the field of lighting for at least 5 years (4 years if LC).


Obtained a degree from an accredited, 4-year college or university and made a valuable contribution to the science or art of illuminating engineering or its literature.


Minimum of 10 years in the practice or teaching of illumination. 5 of 10 years must be in a professional capacity. (LC only 8 years.)


Made exceptionally valuable contribution to the science or art of illuminating engineering or to its literature.

Emerging Countries

$150 USD Annually

As the IES looks to inspire growth in the lighting industry and become a more inclusive Society, it is essential that we consider our membership structure from the global perspective. It has become increasingly evident that our current membership dues rates are not attainable for some individuals outside of North America, and reduced membership dues are necessary to address the needs of lighting professionals living and working in Emerging Countries as defined by the World Bank (specifically for those categorized as Low-income and Lower-middle-income economies).

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Organizations – Sustaining Membership

$1,250 – $25,000 USD Annually

The Sustaining Membership is for companies, institutions, and other organizations regardless of staff size or operational budget. Select the Sustaining Member level that best meets the needs of your organization and start maximizing the services and benefits provided by the IES for your company and your employees. Benefits include access to education and the new Lighting Library®, discounted memberships and attendances to society level events and conferences, promotion of your company on our website, at our annual events, and in the award-winning LD+A magazine. In addition, a portion of the Sustaining Membership dues are tax deductible (US only).


The IES is a collegial community dedicated to improving the lighted environment.