Lighting technology has evolved continuously since the first commercial incandescent electric light bulb was patented in the late 19th Century. From tungsten filament lamps and the first coil bulbs to modern compact fluorescent lamps and LED light bulbs, lighting technology has progressed to provide better energy efficiency and greater durability. The LED revolution is enabling lighting technology to converge with IoT and artificial intelligence to provide smart lighting solutions.
Smart lights are increasingly used in cities, buildings and homes. They can automatically switch on when sensing people in a room or on the street and switch-off when no longer needed. They can perform tasks, such as guiding drivers to the nearest parking space, or be operated from a distance using voice-control.
IEC work in the area of lighting technologies includes product and systems specifications, safety, performance, interoperability and the impact on the environment, from production to disposal. Lamps, indicators and luminaries are built, wired and connected based on IEC Standards prepared by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 34.
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.