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Useful Lighting Related Online Resources

Posted by Joe Lightman on Apr 27, 2016 3:35 PM

There are a wide range of free, useful sources of information available online. These include governmental organizations, industry associations and certification bodies. North America and Europe each tend to have their own industry bodies covering information relevant to their members. In some cases there is cooperation and crossover. For this post, we thought we would cover some of these resources with a brief summary and link below.


American Lighting Association

The American Lighting Association is a trade association representing the lighting industry. Its membership includes lighting, ceiling fan and dimming control manufacturers, retail showrooms, sales representatives and lighting designers dedicated to provide the public with the proper application of quality residential lighting.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 

A consensus based organization which coordinates voluntary standards for the physical, electrical and performance characteristics of lamps, ballasts, luminaires and other lighting and electrical equipment.

Canadian Standards Association

An organization that writes standards and tests lighting equipment for performance, electrical and fire safety. Canadian provincial laws generally require that all products sold for consumer use in Canada must have CSA or equivalent approval.


Is a project of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) which promotes energy efficient commercial lighting solutions. DLC launched a product list to ensure quality and performance of commercial grade LED fixtures in 2010.

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)

EFC is a national, not-for–profit industry association representing over 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical and electronics products in Canada. EFC maintains a strong focus on electrical safety, sustainability, advocacy, codes and standards, and also serves as a hub of networking, education, and industry research.

Energy Star

Is voluntary certification program established in the United States in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote energy efficient consumer products. It is now an international standard adopted by the European Union along with other countries, including Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan which is verified through third party testing.

Illumination Engineering Society

Founded in 1906, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is a well-recognized technical authority on illumination. Its objective is to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through a variety of programs, publications, and services.

International Commission on Illumination (CIE)

Abbreviated as CIE from its French title Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage, the International Commission on Illumination is a technical, scientific, and cultural organization devoted to international cooperation and exchange of information among its member countries on matters relating to the science and art of lighting.

Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign

The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign offers free guidance and recognition for installing high-performance, cost-saving lighting in parking lots and garages. Joining the LEEP Campaign provides access to tools and expertise to lower new and existing parking facilities' operating costs.

Lighting Research Center (LRC)

The Lighting Research Center is a leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting, covering technologies, applications and energy use as well as design, health and vision aspects. The LRC is committed to providing reliable and objective lighting information and evaluations.

Lumen Coalition

Lighting Understanding for a More Efficient Nation (LUMEN) is an ad hoc consortium of organizations and professionals united to facilitate consumer educated energy-efficient lighting decisions. They are focused on increasing public awareness of the effects and benefits involved with the transition to energy efficient lighting sources.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers. With around 400 members, 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.

Professional Lighting Designer’s Association or European Lighting Designer’s Association

The PLD is an independent non-profit community dedicated to representing and governing the architectural lighting design profession. The website provides a platform to link and coordinate professional groups and stakeholders in the field of lighting design, quality and culture. The PLD strives to provide licensing for professional lighting designers.


RoHS, a European directive, stands for the Restriction on hazardous Substances. RoHS is a regulation for the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

A private organization that tests and lists electrical (and other) equipment for electrical and fire safety according to recognized UL and other standards. A UL listing is not an indication of overall performance. Lamps are not UL listed except for compact fluorescent lamp assemblies -- those with screw bases and built-in ballasts.

US Department of Energy (DOE)

Energy Saver is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home. Energy Saver provides energy efficiency and renewable energy information to consumers in the United States, including families, homeowners and renters.

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