The invention of the electric light changed the lives of millions of people. It led to safer working conditions and better educational environments, improved healthcare and economic growth, throughout the 20th century. We now stand on the threshold of a new lighting revolution.
With the advent of light emitting diode (LED) technology, the prospects of what can be done with lights have expanded tremendously. The unique properties of LED make it a sustainable alternative to other light sources, as well as a smart option for use in a wide range of applications, including vertical farming, public street lighting and automotive lights. New technologies such as Li-Fi enable lights to perform an additional range of tasks including wireless data transmission.
Since the very early days of electrical lighting, IEC International Standards have ensured that the technology involved meets the required safety and performance specifications. Just as importantly, IEC is now paving the way for the LED revolution.
IEC standardization and conformity asesssment expertise
IEC Technical Committee 34: Lighting, develops standards on safety, performance and compatibility specifications for electric lamps and light sources, caps and holders, control gear for electric lamps and luminaires and lighting systems. It is the leading IEC TC on lighting standards. TC 34 has published close to 600 documents relating to lighting technology and prepares publications that are essential for LED technology.
The IEC runs four conformity assessment systems, three of which have a direct relevance to lights and lighting system: the IECQ Scheme for LED Lighting, the LITE scheme established under IECEE ensures compliance with the long list of IEC International Standards developed for the lighting industry and IECEx can be used to test LED lights for offshore lighting or lights used in other hazardous areas. It also tests more conventional incandescent lights or CFLs to ensure that all light fixtures are explosion-proof.
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