The IES relies on technical committees of subject matter experts to write our Standards. The IES achieves consensus through a rigorous process that includes a diverse set of people with knowledge of the topics in question, including those experts in related fields and non-IES members. Technical committees are divided into three groups of Lighting Science, Lighting Practice, and Lighting Applications.

The IES invites you to share your expertise in helping develop future lighting recommendations by submitting an application for membership on a committee of your choice. You can explore committees on this page, or go to the quick application form here.

  

SCIENCE GROUP

  • Computer Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops standard formats for input data to be used in lighting calculation software.

    • BIM Subcommittee of the Computer Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee reviews Building Information Management practices for lighting.

    • File Format Subcommittee of the Computer Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee develops recommendations for standard file formats.

  • Nomenclature Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee compiles and defines lighting-related terms for uniform use in all lighting documentation, regulations, and standards.

  • Daylight Metrics Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee develops metrics and criteria to measure and assess the daylight quality and performance of various building designs.

  • Color Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches the science and effects of color in lighting and develops methods for describing/quantifying color qualities of light.

  • Dark Adapted Glare Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee was formed to define a glare metric that can be used by lighting designers to determine if glare will exist at off-site viewing locations.

  • Light and Human Health Committee
    Scope: Summarize state of the art research on the circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral effects of ocular light exposure; propose recommendations for the measurement, quantification and reporting of light in the context of these ‘non-visual’ responses to light; propose fundamental principles on the properties of light that should be considered in applications of light affecting circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral systems or more broadly, human physiology, behavior and health; review documents generated by the IES that are light and health related..

  • Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in eldercare facilities and senior living environments.

  • Photobiology Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and makes recommendations for lighting based upon the biological effects of radiant energy.

  • Visual Effects of Lamp Spectral Distribution Committee
    Scope: his Technical Committee researches and makes recommendations regarding the visual effects of the spectral distribution of light sources.

  • Testing Procedures Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee reviews and approves draft standards prepared by the TPC sub-committees.

    • Photometry of Indoor Luminaires Subcommittee of the Testing Procedures Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee develops standard test and measurement procedures with a focus on indoor applications.

    • Photometry of Outdoor Luminaires Subcommittee of the Testing Procedures Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee develops standard test and measurement procedures with a focus on outdoor applications.

    • Photometry of Light Sources Subcommittee of the Testing Procedures Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee develops standard test and measurement procedures with a focus on the light emitting device.

    • Solid State Lighting Subcommittee of the Testing Procedures Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee develops standard test and measurement procedures with a focus on solid state lighting.

  

PRACTICE GROUP

  • Light Sources Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for evaluating and selecting light sources and systems.

  • Light Control & Luminaire Design Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for the design of light controls and luminaires.

  • Control Protocols Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for the use and maintenance of software protocol standards related to lighting.

  • Electrical Engineering for Lighting Systems Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for designing power systems supplying lighting loads within industrial and commercial facilities.

  • Energy Efficiency Lighting Programs Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for design-based energy efficiency programs. The committees’s mission is to use the influence of energy efficiency lighting programs in partnership with the IES to promote the best lighting practices and metrics that will balance project outcomes including health, security and safety, with the goal of reducing energy use.

  • Energy Management Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for the efficient and effective use of energy for lighting.

    • Energy Management Lighting Controls Subcommittee of the Energy Management Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for energy efficient use of lighting.

    • Energy Management Lighting Upgrade Committee of the Energy Management Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for upgrading lighting systems.

  • Lighting Commissioning Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for the commissioning of lighting systems in the built environment, and for compliance with Owner’s Project Requirements.

  • Maintenance Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for preserving the functionality of light sources and systems over time.

  • Sustainable Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for sustainable lighting design which is visually effective and appealing with environmental and economic value.

  • Resilience Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting that must absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events such as storms and earthquakes.


  

APPLICATIONS GROUP
  • Educational Facilities Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for educational facilities.

  • Healthcare Facilities Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in healthcare facilities.

  • Hospitality Facilities Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in hospitality facilities.

  • Industrial Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in industrial facilities.

  • International Standards Committee
    Scope: This committee maintains communication with international standards organizations and reports on activities affecting the North American industry.

  • Library Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in library facilities.

  • Museum and Art Gallery Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting museum collections and environments with consideration for the preservation of sensitive materials.

  • Office Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting office spaces.

  • Residential Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting residential environments.

  • Retail Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting retail spaces.

  • Theatre, TV, and Film Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting performance facilities, including lighting controls and effects.

  • Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices providing flexible, pedestrian-oriented outdoor lighting to enhance vision and minimize environmental impact.

  • Outdoor Environmental Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for exterior lighting and minimizing the negative impact of artificial light at night on the nocturnal environment.

  • Port Terminal Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for designing lighting systems for port terminals.

  • Roadway Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting roadways and streets to enhance visibility and driver and pedestrian safety.

    • Intersection Lighting Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting roadway intersections.

    • Measurements and Calculations Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and makes recommendations based upon scientific principles and methods of measuring and calculating roadway lighting level.

    • Obtrusive Light Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and makes recommendations based upon obtrusive light as it pertains to roadway applications.

    • Off-Roadway Facilities Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting parking lots, parking structures, roadside rest areas, walkways, and Class 1 bikeways.

    • Outdoor Lighting Controls Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for optimizing the performance of roadway lighting systems through the use of controls.

    • Research and Visibility Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee reviews and makes recommendations based upon current and past research projects related to roadway lighting.

    • Residential Road Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting residential roads.

    • Roadway Lighting Systems Maintenance Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for optimizing the performance and lifecycle costs of roadway lighting systems over time.

    • Roadway Sign Lighting Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for roadway sign lighting and visibility.

    • Toll Plaza Lighting Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting toll plazas.

    • Tunnels and Underpasses Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting vehicular tunnel approaches and interiors.

    • Work Zone Lighting Subcommittee of the Roadway Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting roadway work zones and adjacent travel lanes.

  • Aviation Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting spaces and functions involved in the operation of aircraft and spacecraft.

    • Aviation Lighting Recommend Practices Subcommittee of the Aviation Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting spaces and functions involved in the operation of aircraft and spacecraft.

    • General Aviation Lighting Subcommittee of the Aviation Lighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting spaces and functions involved in the operation of aircraft and spacecraft.

  • Daylighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for daylighting through the dual use of daylight and electric lighting controls.

    • Daylighting Terms Subcommittee
      Scope: This Technical Committee defines daylighting terms to be used for ANSI/IES RP-16, RP-5, and LM-83.

    • Core Sunlighting for Buildings Subcommittee of the Daylighting Committee
      Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for bringing sunlight deep into buildings.

  • Landscape Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for interior and exterior landscape environments.

  • Lighting for Videoconference and Presentation Spaces Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting in multi-media and video conferencing facilities.

  • Security Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting to enhance the security of people and property.

  • Sports and Recreational Areas Lighting Committee
    Scope: This Technical Committee researches and develops best practices for lighting interior and exterior sports and recreational areas.