Technology Newsletter

The Technology Newsletter is written by ALA Director of Engineering and Technology Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, to update members on the latest technology issues and ideas.

November 22, 2021
2021 ALA Engineering Meeting
August 30, 2021
Consumer Guide: Lighting Your Way to Better Vision

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is pleased to announce the publication of the Consumer Guide Lighting Your Way to Better Vision (IES CG-1-20). This groundbreaking, non-technical document addresses vision issues from extreme low vision to aging in place and how lighting can help improve quality of life. 

July 20, 2021
Lighting Product Safety Certification – What does it mean & why is it important?

Lighting products may present hazards if not properly designed and constructed. These hazards include fire, electrical shock, and physical injury. To reduce these risks, nationally accredited safety standards specify testing and construction requirements for lighting equipment. These safety standards are developed in a consensus process by technical panels composed of diverse stakeholders including safety experts, product experts, product users, and regulators. Lighting product safety standards are primarily developed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) in the United States, and The CSA Group (CSA) in Canada.  

In both countries, wiring regulations are enforced to help ensure safe installation and use of electrical equipment. In the United States the National Electrical Code (NFPA-70)[i] applies, while the Canadian Electrical Code Part I, Safety Standards for Electrical Installations (CSA C22.1)[ii], applies in Canada. Both specify that luminaires (lighting fixtures) must be certified compliant with the appropriate safety standards.

It is apparent that there is a robust system in place to help ensure lighting safety. This system depends on products being certified.  Without this certification, the product you buy may be hazardous.

February 22, 2021
Socketed vs. Integrated LED Luminaires

Selecting the proper light source for a luminaire has become a complex and confusing choice for many luminaire manufacturers. In particular, when developing LED luminaires the designer is faced with the choice of whether to create a luminaire with integrated LEDs, or utilize sockets that can accept a standard lamp.

December 10, 2020
Engineering Committee Meeting - Developing Technologies in Residential Lighting

Presentation by Terry McGowan, fIES, LC, Director of Engineering, American Lighting Association


2021 ALA Engineering Meeting

Monday, November 22, 2021/Categories: News, Showrooms, Reps, Newsletters, Technology, Engineering & Technology

Interested in the technical aspects of residential lighting? Join us this year online for the presentations at the ALA Engineering Meeting during the afternoons of Monday & Tuesday, November 29-30 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM (ET)

The meeting of the ALA Engineering Committee is more than a yearly chance to exchange lighting technical information with colleagues. It’s a opportunity to explore new technology, to see if and how it might be applied to lighting products and to discuss lighting standards and changes in regulations that can affect how lighting products are designed, promoted and sold.  

This year, we’ve broadened the meeting invitation to include all ALA members as we move into the post-pandemic times when many new lighting products will be introduced, We’ll address questions about the fast-growing connected home products and system platforms as well as provide information about the emerging light and health technology as it changes from a qualitative lighting concept to a design practice that can be quantified, applied using familiar lamp and luminaire ratings and perhaps even certified from a product standpoint.

Monday, November 29 will be devoted to Codes and Standards. Tuesday, November 30 will cover Technology. 

See the attached documents below for presentations , speakers and other agenda details. 

If you are interested in attending this zoom meeting, please send a message to to get the link.



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