Bridging the gap between technology promise and today’s reality

Lighting scientists continue to push boundaries, with innovations that drive lighting efficiency and performance to new levels. But how do we bridge the gap between technology promise and today’s reality? What challenges must be overcome, to translate R&D to application?

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New this year: The 2020 DOE Lighting R&D Workshop will be co-sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society, leveraging the long-term partnership between DOE and IES to advance the quality and efficiency of lighting through science and engineering.

Join DOE and IES in San Diego January 28–30 for a gathering of top lighting scientists and industry experts, to share the latest on lighting science and technology advances.

  • Expert panel discussions dissect complex science and technology issues to identify future research needs and unlock the full potential of advanced lighting solutions.
  • A dynamic poster session offers opportunities for one-on-one conversation, as researchers share their work, discuss potential future collaborations, and network.
  • STUDENTS: Submit your abstract by November 4 for the poster and design concept competition!

What else is new for 2020?

  • Expanded format with additional tracks: Attend the sessions that best address your areas of interest.
  • Participate in open discussion forums: Attendees are invited to participate in one of three forums.
  • Earn IES CEUs: Earn 16.25 continuing education credits by attending the full conference.


Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available at a cost of $500.

Questions? Please contact Karen Blaney,

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Hear what past attendees have to say:

“Amazing amount of lighting intelligence in one room.”

“This was a valuable gathering of some of the best/advanced minds in LED lighting, with great intellectual exchanges and excellent informational presentations.”

“Most valuable for me was getting an unbiased view of the industry and the great conversations on current/future state of SSL.”

“This workshop is a lighting geek’s treat—with useful, non-commercial information and conversations.”