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

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Socketed vs. Integrated LED Luminaires

A guidance document for residential and hospitality luminaire manufacturers

Monday, February 22, 2021/Categories: Engineering & Technology

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. This decision becomes even harder as the prices of LED lamps become lower and availability of lamp options increases.

The purpose of this guidance document is to provide helpful information that will assist manufacturers of residential and hospitality luminaires make the choice between socketed and integrated design approaches.  This document is not intended to support or favor any particular design. Manufacturers can use this as a resource to carefully select the proper light source design based on the customer, product, and application needs.

Information in this document was developed by ALA manufacturers and stakeholders. This guidance is based on many years of product development experience and sales of lighting solutions to building owners, consumers, retailers, showrooms, hospitality, and various other lighting customers.

This guidance document is not intended to be a specification. Note that all applicable Safety and Certification requirements for luminaires should always be followed.

Download and view the full guidance document here.

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