The IESNA is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over ninety years its objective has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers through a variety of programs, publications, and services. The strength of the IESNA is its diversified membership: engineers, architects, designers, educators, students, contractors, distributors, utility personnel, manufacturers, and scientists, all contributing to the mission of the Society: to advance knowledge and disseminate information for the improvement of the lighted environment to the benefit of society.
The IESNA is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and a vehicle for its members’ professional development and recognition. Through its technical committees, with hundreds of qualified members from the lighting and user communities, the IESNA correlates research, investigations, and discussions to guide lighting experts and laypersons via consensus based lighting recommendations.
The Society publishes nearly 100 varied publications including recommended practices on a variety of applications, design guides, technical memoranda, and publications on energy management and lighting measurement. The Society, in addition, works cooperatively with related organizations on a variety of programs and in the production of jointly published documents and standards.
In addition, the Society publishes Lighting Design + Application (LD+A) and the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society (JIES). LD+A is a popular application-oriented monthly magazine. Every issue contains special feature articles and news of practical and innovative lighting layouts, systems, equipment and economics, and new of the industry. The Journal contains technical papers, most of which are presented at the Society’s Annual Conference. IESNA has a strong education program with basic and intermediate level courses and seminars offered through its Sections.
The Society has two types of membership: individual and sustaining. Applications and current dues schedules are available upon request from the Membership Department. IESNA local, regional, and international meetings, conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops, and lighting exhibitions (LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL) provide current information on the latest developments in illumination.