IESSA president: members should register as professionals

June 12th, 2014, Published in Articles: Vector

 

IESSA president Greg Macia

IESSA president Greg Macia

In his presidential report delivered at the IESSA AGM on 15 May 2014, outgoing president Greg Marcia said lighting design is a serious profession which has received little recognition largely because there is little in the form of education that can qualify one as a lighting designer.

He said this is why the association now offers members and fellows the opportunity to register as “association-recognised ‘competent persons’” in design as well as in other specialist fields such as light measurement and testing.

“Our focus should be on initiating policies and actions on areas such as energy efficiency, performance and quality.”

To achieve this, members must share knowledge so that best practices can be communicated to stakeholders. Marcia said IESSA must identify opportunities to convey this knowledge to government agencies so that members could benefit from the process.

IESSA is the national committee of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and Marcia said the CIE Tutorial and Expert Symposium on Measurement Uncertainties in Photometry and

Radiometry for Industry would be held in Vienna, Austria, between 11 and 12 September this year. The CIE will also host its 28th Session of the CIE in Manchester, UK, on an as-yet unannounced date.

The association’s development committees were active this year and Marcia commended Phil Hammond and Dereck Currie, the Cape Town and Durban branch committee chairpersons respectively, for “injecting new life into this aspect of the association”. A total of 109 people had attended the various IESSA courses during the year and the association will present a new photometry course hosted at the SABS in Pretoria.

The association’s project to separate luminaires from VC 8055 has resulted in the draft VC 9012 which gave rise to a need to accept more test reports from different test countries such as the EU.
Marcia said the validation of photometric performance of luminaires claimed to comply with SANS 475 and to be covered under the SANS product certification is questioned as no significant validation under the SABS mark scheme has been conducted over many years. If the standard is retained, a complete revision of the photometric data requirements must be formulated.

The new draft document for LED luminaires has passed through the SABS editors, who consulted IESSA’s technical liaison specialist, Connie Jonker. Marcia expects this pre-standard, SATS 17576, to be published shortly. The following standards have passed through the SABS editors: SANS 1662 Self ballasted LED tubular lamps, SANS 1664 Semi luminaires for T5 fluorescent lamps and ARP 032 Guidelines for the modification of luminaires for tubular fluorescent lamps.

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