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Lighting Theatre & Auditorium Spaces

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.


Lighting Theatre & Auditorium Spaces

December 6, 2019
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“Le Chahut” / Georges Seurat (1889)

In February of this year the Illumination Engineering Society — one of the first names in standards-setting in illumination technology, globally* — posted notification of proposed changes to three consensus document that should interest units in the education industry that support enterprises for instruction and entertainment.  From the announcement placed in ANSI Standards Action (Pages 22-26):

IES RP-xx- Recommended Practice: Lighting Theatre and Auditorium Spaces (new standard).  Apparently this recommended practice will be derived from the design guideline described below.  Project Need: Updates the IES standard to reflect changes in lighting for performance spaces.

IES DG-20 Stage Lighting – A Guide to Planning of Theatres and Auditoriums. Add content for stage lighting controls; interfacing with networks[ houselight design, control, and performance including emergency lighting, stage worklight and cue light systems; LED and automated stage lighting instruments; power distribution for stage and houselighting systems; and future proofing systems.

IES TM-BIM- Lighting Practice: Building Information Management (new standard).  Project Need: A standardization of embedded and/or included parameters for use with building information modeling/management (BIM) project software.  The proposed technical memorandum shall include a recommended minimum list of parameters to be used in the construction of parametric luminare content used in BIM software. Note that this document shall remain software agnostic. Furthermore, it shall be limited to parameters vital to luminaire schedules and load calculations.  Stakeholders: Lighting designers, architects, engineers, performance facility managers, lighting distributors, electrical contractors.

We find the foregoing standards covering theater and auditorium spaces apparently stabilized at the moment; but keep in mind that the IES consensus product suite moves fairly swiftly.   You may track product evolution at the link below.   Related content regarding theatre and auditorium spaces  is available in IES DG-20-09 Stage Lighting: A Guide to the Planning of Theatres and Auditoriums.

There are a few other IES consensus products with a more general scope that are open for public review; notably IES LP-9 Lighting Practice: Upgrading Lighting Systems in Commercial and Institutional Facilities.

Comments are due December 16th.

You will find the public review drafts at the link below:

IES Standards Open for Public Review

We encourage user interests in the education industry — facility managers, 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.  The complete consensus document library is linked below:

IES Lighting Library

We set aside an hour every month to sweep through safety and sustainability standards for Arts & Entertainment enterprises.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.  We also collaborate closely with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets online 4 times monthly in European and American time zones and the locus of more detailed technical knowledge.

University of Akron Media Production Facility

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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