The Detroit Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Lighten Up! Luminaire Competition @ Gasser Bush Associates
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LIGHTEN UP! brings individuals within the design community together to engage, inspire and challenge one another to create a luminaire made from everyday objects.

YOU MUST RSVP by April 21st, 2023. You do not need a team to register!

6:00pm-6:20pm Gather and Network

6:20pm-6:30pm Video by National Sponsor Q-Tran to introduce lighting kits

6:30pm-8:00pm Design Competition

8:00pm-8:30pm Luminaire Presentations to Judges

8:30pm-9:00pm Prize Announcements


-Participants will compete with other sections in real time. Teams will have 1 1/2 hours to design and build their luminaire.

-Teams can be 4-6 participants. You do not have to be an IES Member to participate!

-The Light Source will be provided by Q-Tran. The building materials will be provided by IES Detroit. These will be available to you at the start of the competition.

-The Design Theme will be revealed when the competition begins

-Food and beverages will be provided during the event.


Instagram: @ieslightenup

Hashtag: #2023LIGHTENUP

Questions? Please email Eric Graettinger – [email protected]

Stephen Squillace Centennial Celebration @ Birmingham Country Club
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the IES Detroit Section while honoring the contributions of Stephen Squillace.

Celebrate with us!

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During the evening’s festivities, we will:

  • Celebrate the Illuminating Engineering Society Detroit Section’s 100-year anniversary
  • Reflect on Stephen Squillace’s outstanding contributions and his impact in the Lighting Community
  • Hear from Keynote Speaker Janet Lennox Moyer
  • Honor IES Detroit Section Service Award Recipients
  • Induct Mark Lien into the 2022-2023 Michigan Lighting Hall of Fame
  • Receive updates from IES President Frank Agraz

Dress Code: Business Formal


Event Fees:

IES Member $75.00

Non-Member $100.00

IES Emerging Professional $50.00

Student $10.00



  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm | Live Music, Mingling & Drinks
  • 6:30 – 9:00 pm | Dinner and Presentation
  • 9:00-10:00pm | Dessert and Celebration



Hors D’oeuvres

Cheeseboard, berries and crackers

Crispy Vegetable Crudite

Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Skewers

Shrimp Cocktail

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Vegetarian Spring Rolls


Entrees (Please select your entrée at Checkout):

All entrees come with Warm Rolls & Butter and House Salad

Chicken Piccata – Lemon Caper Sauce, Herbed Angel Hair Pasta, Seasonal Vegetable Medley

8 oz. Filet Mingon – Choice of Bearnaise or Zip Sauce, Whipped Potato, Season Vegetable Medley

Scottish Salmon – Lemon and Dill Buerre Blanc, Whipped Potato, Seasonal Vegetable Medley

Pasta Primavera (Vegan) – Grilled Vegetables and Marinara Sauce


Gourmet Coffee with Assorted Toppings

Sanders Cream Puff Sundae

Vanilla Cake with Berries and Cream, Cream Cheese Icing

Lemmon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

(Vegan Option) Vegan Chocolate Cupcake and Berries