Designing Lighting for People and Buildings | Standards Michigan

Designing Lighting for People and Buildings

We see the pace of standards action in the IES suite as highly competent, fair and relatively brisk; owed largely to strong manufacturer financial support for volunteers on IES committees. Subject matter experts for the USER interest in the education industry -- a very large market for illumination technologies -- has no such support. Volunteers for the user interest cannot charge their professional time and travel to "business development" at the same scale (if at all) the way a manufacturer member of the IES can. It is a wicked problem; one that we explain at length in our ABOUT. Every education facility trade association depends upon illumination technology manufacturer support to some degree.


Designing Lighting for People and Buildings

July 29, 2019
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The Illumination Engineering Society (IES)– one of the first names in standards-setting in illumination technology, globally* — has posted a public commenting opportunity on a revision to one of its core consensus products — IES LP-1 | LIGHT + DESIGN Lighting Practice: Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings.

From the statement placed in ANSI Standards Action:

“…Project Need: LIGHT + DESIGN was developed to introduce architects, lighting designers, design engineers, interior designers, and other lighting professionals to the principles of quality lighting design. These principles; related to visual performance, energy, and economics; and aesthetics; can be applied to a wide range of interior and exterior spaces to aid designers in providing high-quality lighting to their projects.

Stakeholders: Architects, interior designers, lighting practitioners, building owners/operators, engineers, the general public, luminaire manufacturers.  This standard focuses on design principles and defines key technical terms and includes technical background to aid understanding for the designer as well as the client about the quality of the lighted environment. Quality lighting enhances our ability to see and interpret the world around us, supporting our sense of well-being, and improving our capability to communicate with each other….”

Comments are due July 29th.

We encourage USER-INTERESTS in the education facilities industry — managers, shop foremen, front-line operations and maintenance personnel, design engineers and sustainability specialists who have operations and maintenance data; and workpoint understanding of #TotalCostofOwnership concepts — to participate in the IES standards development process, generally.  You obtain a review copy from, and submit your comments to Patricia McGillicuddy, (917) 913-0027,, 120 Wall Street, Floor 17, New York, NY 10005 (with a copy to

The IES Standards Development home page is linked below:

IES Standards Open for Public Review

The complete IES consensus document library is linked below:

IES Lighting Library

The next IES Annual Conference will be hosted in Louisville, Kentucky and we encourage our colleagues in the education facilities industry in the Louisville region to attend:

IES Annual Conference | August 2019

The electrotechnical complexity of instructional spaces is gathering pace.  Standards Michigan hosts a monthly review of standards action on education industry arts and entertainment facilities which is open to everyone.  See our CALENDAR for the next teleconference.  Additionally, because the emergent #SmartCampus is essentially an electrotechnical transformation, we collaborate with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets online 4 times monthly in European and American time zones.

Issue: [Various}

Category: Electrical, Facility Asset Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey

Because illumination technology was the original (“killer”) application for electrical power, and continues to be a major component of electrical load, many competitors in standards setting have emerged.  To name a few: International Commission on Illumination, International Electrotechnical Commission and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  In recent years the IES has partnered with the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers to set standards for energy conservation in lighting systems.



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