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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Consumer Guide: Lighting Your Way to Better Vision

Monday, August 30, 2021/Categories: News, Showrooms, Engineering & Technology

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. Endorsed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Optometric Association, and the Gerontological Society of America, Lighting Your Way to Better Vision fills a much-needed void for the consumer. Anyone looking for a how-to guide to improving lighting for those with vision issues need look no further. Inside, the reader will find simple language, many photos, and answers to lighting questions most asked by the general public. All areas of one’s home are addressed to help enhance visibility and safety while providing sufficient lighting for normal everyday tasks. The guide looks at electrical lighting as well as the use of daylighting to provide more and higher quality lighting for improved vision.

 

Use the link below to download Lighting Your Way to Better Vision.

 

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