The International Day of Light brings attention to the importance of light. At work and at home, we rely on proper illumination to allow us to continue our activities long after the sun has gone down. Lights provide us with comfort and safety, whether in our homes, walking down a city street or driving a vehicle.
Lighting technology has been updated continuously since Joseph Wilson Swan developed the first primitive light bulb in 1840 and Thomas Edison patented the first commercial incandescent electric light bulb in 1878.
From tungsten filament lamps and the first coil bulbs to modern compact fluorescent lamps and LED light bulbs, lighting technology has evolved to provide better energy efficiency and greater durability. More recently, lighting technology is converging with IoT and artificial intelligence to provide smart lighting solutions.
Light technology permeates many other parts of our lives. It allows us to scan our purchases at the grocery store. Listen to music on our CD player. We rely on lasers for medical imaging, from MRIs to ultrasounds, and for surgery such as skin and eye treatments.
Lasers are used to cut materials in industrial manufacturing applications and for remote sensing technology. Fibre optic cables provide high-speed data transmissions.
IEC Technical committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs) prepare International Standards for components and systems in the fields of lighting, imaging, lasers and fibre optics.
- IEC TC 34 prepares Standards for lamps and related equipment including LEDs, OLEDs, lamp controlgear and fluorescent lamps.
- IEC TC 47 prepares Standards for semiconductor devices including sensors.
- IEC TC 62 prepares Standards for equipment used medical fields, including imaging equipment.
- IEC TC 76 prepares Standards for equipment incorporating lasers and LEDs.
- IEC TC 86 prepares Standards in the field of fibre optics
- IEC TC 87 prepares Standards for equipment and systems in the domain of ultrasonics, primarily in the medical domain.
IEC Conformity Assessment Systems provides a framework within which to test and certify that products fulfil the requirements of IEC Standards. The IECQ scheme for LED lighting provides a quality management platform that certifies component suppliers and the manufacturing processes of LED lighting products. This scheme has been set up to guard against the risk of low-quality and unreliable products entering the market.
International Scientific & Technical Greenhouses Lighting conference
The IEC will be participating in the International Scientific and Technical Greenhouses Lighting conference which will be held in Moscow from 9-10 September. Representatives include members from TC 34 as well as from the IEC Central Office.
The conference will focus on the optimal spectra and levels of illumination for greenhouse lighting systems to enable increased productivity and reduced energy costs.