Lighting Standards Institutions and Organizations


In our previous post, we have shared about research institutions with you. Due to demand of our followers, in todays article we will give information about companies who determine lighting standards.

Here is the list of some Regulatory Institutions in Lighting Sector:

ANSI, American National Standards Institute

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years. Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, the Institute remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations.
Throughout its history, ANSI has maintained as its primary goal the enhancement of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and promoting their integrity. The Institute represents the interests of its nearly 1,000 company, organization, government agency, institutional and international members through its office in New York City, and its headquarters in Washington, D.C.


ASHRAE, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, lighting standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.


ASTM, American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. ASTM  welcome and encourage participation from around the world. Their open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based lighting standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. ASTM standards are passports to a successful global trading strategy. High quality market-relevant lighting standards, developed in accordance with the guiding principles of the World Trade Organization, fuel trade by opening new markets and creating new trading partners for enterprises everywhere. For businesses ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to emerging startups, their lighting standards help level the playing field to foster competition in the global economy. Beyond standards development, ASTM offers certification and declaration through their subsidiary, the Safety Equipment Institute, as well as technical training programs and proficiency testing. All of their programs complement lighting standards development activities and provide enterprise solutions for companies, government agencies, researchers and laboratories worldwide.
The American Society for Testing and Materials was formed in 1898, founded by Charles B. Dudley, Ph.D., a chemist with the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 2001, they changed their name to ASTM International.

ASTM’s world headquarters are located in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, with offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Peru and Washington, D.C.


IEC, International Electrotechnical Commission

The International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1906. The IEC’s members are National Committees, and they appoint experts and delegates coming from industry, government bodies, associations and academia to participate in the technical and conformity assessment work of the IEC. In this section, find out more about the IEC’s management structure, including the roles of the various management boards, the IEC Officers, as well as about the wide range of people coming from all over the world who are involved in the day-to-day work of the IEC. Hear more about how participants benefit from being involved in the IEC’s work.


IESNA, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

The IES is a collegial community dedicated to improving the lighted environment. The IES is composed of a diverse membership, all with an interest in and a dedication to good lighting. 25% of the membership is involved in manufacturing (lamps, sources, luminaires, accessories); another 25% is composed of lighting designers and architects. The remaining 50% is composed of consultants, electrical and building contractors, distributors, and wholesalers, individuals working in affiliated lighting fields, those working for utilities and energy services, and people in government and education. Over one thousand of these members serve on committees, most serving on the Society’s document development committees; these committees develop lighting standards, design guides, technical memoranda, lighting energy management materials, guidelines and lighting measurement, testing and calculation guides.


ISO, International Standards Organization

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national lighting standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. Their Central Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about their structure and how they are governed. International Standards make things work. World-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. ISO has published more than 21000 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Lighting Standards impact everyone, everywhere.


NEMA, National Electrical Manufacturers Association

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Nearly 400 members strong, its companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually. NEMA provides a forum for the development of technical and lighting standards that are in the best interests of the industry and users, advocacy of industry policies on legislative and regulatory matters, and collection, analysis, and dissemination of industry data. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.


DOE, SSL Lighting Standards

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

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