International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

IEC e-tech – August/September 2013

IEC e-tech: August/September 2013

Lighting & Laser


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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich


Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand



Janice Blondeau

Aliyah Esmail

Morand Fachot

Zoé Smart

Laurianne Trimoulla


New, energy-efficient lighting solutions


The lighting industry is in constant expansion: new technologies, global population growth, increasing urbanization, rising incomes, environmental and energy saving concerns account for the rapid evolution and growth of this particular sector.


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Lighting manages to smarten up


Advanced light management systems make it possible to go beyond adequate lighting to deliver precisely the right light to the right place at the right time for greater comfort. A number of IEC TCs and SCs prepare International Standards for components and systems in the lighting industry in general, including in its management dimension.


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Urban lighting: upgrade or replace?


Lighting for the residential, commercial, industrial and public spaces is undergoing a radical transformation with the introduction of new and more energy-efficient lighting solutions. Users are often faced with an alternative: buying new systems, upgrading or adapting existing installations. Several IEC TC/SCs are preparing Standards for many components used in these.


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Bright future for LEDs on the roads


The recent introduction of LED-based lamps for autos is set to improve driver safety and comfort at night, as well as during the day, and to offer additional advantages in cabin lighting. IEC International Standards and evolving LED technology will both play a key role in increasing the adoption of solid-state lighting in automotive applications.


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LaserOrigami, laser-cutting 3D objects


With the growing trend in the design and production of new and personalized products drives the need for rapid prototyping using cutting, milling and 3D printing. A new process, called LaserOrigami by its creators, uses a laser cutter to cut and bend acrylic sheets to produce 3D objects quickly and without having to resort to manual assembly.


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A lighter greener touch


The world’s lighting industry is constantly expanding, driven by new lighting technologies, global population growth, increasing urbanization, rising incomes and a desire to check power consumption. Work by IEC TC 34 and its Subcommittees enables new types of energy-efficient light bulbs and compatible fixtures to be introduced across all sectors and domains of the lighting industry.


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Brighter, cleaner and cheaper lights


In 2007, the International Energy Agency estimated that lighting accounted for just under 20% of electricity use worldwide. Public policies, reflecting environmental and energy saving concerns, are driving the global take-up of energy-efficient bulbs. The lighting industry's need for proper International Standards to ensure the safety and measure the performance of these bulbs is obvious and proceeding apace under the aegis of IEC TC 34: Lamps and related equipment, and its Subcommittees.


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Safe lighting for everyone, everywhere


Switching a light on or off is such a routine task that we take it for granted. We can leave a light on for hours and it won’t overheat or ignite. We know what kind of light bulb to use thanks to the marking on the fixture. In brief, we know it is safe. IECEE has been testing and certifying lighting products for many years. The IECEE CB Scheme ensures compliance with the impressive list of IEC International Standards developed for the lighting industry.


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LEDs show the way


Lighting fixtures, as with any other piece of equipment or device used in hazardous areas, have to be explosion-proof. Companies which offer high-specification LED lighting for hazardous areas, as well as the more conventional incandescent light bulbs, HDL or fluorescent lighting, have had their products tested and certified by IECEx.


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A walk through history made safe thanks to IECQ


To tighten security for tourists, staff and to keep the historic pieces of art in the building safe, the Louvre, one of the largest museum in the world, will be updating its already comprehensive security system. The new system will use fingerprint verification, keypad entry, magnetic card, barcode card, proximity card, contactless smart card and facial recognition.


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Obituary - Bernard H. (Bernie) Falk


IEC Past President Bernard H. (Bernie) Falk passed away on 16 September 2013 at the age of 87. Falk was President of the IEC for the period 1996-1998. Elected in October 1994 at the IEC General Meeting in Nice, France, he first served as President-Elect in 1995 and, upon completion of his three-year term as President, as Immediate Past President in 1999 and 2000..


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IEC I&C Standards in the nuclear sector


Marie-Caroline Ehrhard works as an I&C (Instrumentation and Control) engineer at EDF Generation and Engineering, in France. In this interview with e-tech Ehrhard gives insights to her I&C role and involvement in the IEC Young Professional programme.


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The world at our doorstep


In early June 2013 the IEC welcomed a delegation from the WTO (World Trade Organization). Twenty-six delegates took part in the Advanced Thematic Course on Technical Barriers to Trade, given by the WTO, at the IEC Central Office. They were also given presentations on the IEC, its Conformity Assessment Systems and Affiliate Country Programme.


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This month, the SMB (Standardization Management Board) approved a wealth of nominations and extensions of terms of office. ACEE (Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency), ACTEL (Advisory Committee on Telecommunication), ACOS (Advisory Committee on Safety), SMB DMT (Directives Maintenance Team), SMB SG (Strategic Group) 6 and TC (Technical Committee) 109 see their teams partly renewed.


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Obituary - Ralph M. Showers


IEC expert and Lord Kelvin Award laureate Ralph M. Showers passed away on 8 September 2013. He was 95 years old.

A pioneer in the field of EMC, Showers showed life-long dedication to improving electronic communications by controlling electromagnetic interference. He was both a national and international technical leader whose contributions had tremendous impact on standardization in the field of electromagnetic interference.


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Global strategy, superior outcomes


IEC Global Visions interviewed George Arnold, Director of the Standards Coordination Office at NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology). In this interview, he explains how IEC International Standards contribute to reducing the cost of infrastructure development and modernization in the US. With them utilities have a bigger choice and are able to purchase that are competitively priced because they have been developed for the world market. Ultimately this positively impacts electricity rates for consumers.


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International standards ensure positive change


World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop voluntary international standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.


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IEC Catalogue on multiple platforms


New application will allow customers who wish to consult the Catalogue of IEC International Standards and to purchase IEC Publications to do so via several operating systems and platforms, including tablets.


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