Light and lighting potential new area of work for ISO

13/08/2012

Standards New Zealand is consulting with stakeholders on a potential new area of work for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) – standardisation on light and lighting. The purpose of the proposed standardisation is the timely development and harmonisation of national specifications and requirements for light and lighting.

National specifications and requirements for light and lighting play a major role for consumers, employees at their work places, employers, legal authorities, manufacturers of lamps, luminaires and measurement equipment, lighting designers, and architects, to support optimised use of energy and the protection of the environment.

The international lighting industry and lighting designers are active in many countries and it is important for them to find similar application Standards everywhere. Such Standards make it possible to apply the same products and the same design in different countries, even allowing for different national lighting habits. The benefits to be gained from standardisation on light and lighting include:

  • Timely development and harmonisation of national specifications and requirements for light and lighting, including those for new solid state lighting technologies
  • Strengthening cooperation with the work of the International Commission of Illumination, the European Committee for Standardisation, and the International Electrotechnical Commission. This cooperation will ensure effective coordination of the work items of these bodies, avoid duplication of effort and double standardisation, and encourage experts from industry, academia, and national metrology institutes worldwide to be involved in lighting standardisation.

Standards New Zealand is consulting with key stakeholders to form the New Zealand view on whether this field of activity should go ahead at ISO. For more information, or to provide any comments on this proposal, please email isoadmin@standards.co.nz by 5 September 2012.

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