Light and lighting potential new area of work for ISO

Issue 41 – August 2012

Standards New Zealand is consulting with stakeholders about 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 in the field of light and lighting, which 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, especially in the context of supporting optimised utilisation of energy and protection of the environment.

The international lighting industry as well as 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 include:

  • Timely development and harmonisation of national specifications and requirements in the field of light and lighting, including those for new solid state lighting technologies; and

  • Strengthen cooperation with the work of the CIE, CEN and IEC, to ensure effective coordination of the work items of these bodies, avoid duplication of effort and double standardisation, and encourage the involvement in lighting standardisation of experts from industry, academia, and National Metrology Institutes worldwide.

Standards New Zealand is consulting with key stakeholders to form the New Zealand view about 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.

Published in energy.