U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Building Technologies Office – About the Program

U.S. Department of Energy and International Association of Lighting Designers Partner to Improve Energy Efficiency in Lighting Systems

Image containing the DOE logo and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) logo. The DOE logo is a green ring containing the words 'Department of Energy United States of America', and in the center of the ring is a shield containing images representing various energy sources, with the head of an eagle on top of the shield; to the right is a vertical yellow line, and it its right are upper case letters spelling IALD.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in November 2008 to work cooperatively toward improving the efficient use of energy by lighting equipment and systems. The MOU emphasizes the importance of minimizing the impact of energy use on the environment in support of DOE SSL programs on lighting quality. 

IALD is an internationally recognized organization comprising independent and esteemed professionals dedicated to the very highest standards in lighting design. DOE's collaboration with IALD further strengthens its commitment to developing innovative, energy-efficient lighting solutions. To learn more about IALD, visit www.iald.org.

The MOU highlights four key areas on which DOE and IALD will collaborate:

  • Promoting lighting design principles and technologies that improve lighting quality, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.
  • Developing and disseminating technical information to assist the lighting design community in the assessment and specification of SSL and other efficient technologies to support DOE programs on lighting quality such as ENERGY STAR® and SSL Quality Advocates.
  • Jointly facilitating forums in which lighting designers can exchange ideas and information with DOE and provide input to DOE lighting program planning.
  • Encouraging professional lighting designers to participate in DOE lighting projects, such as GATEWAY demonstrations, with particular attention to helping DOE assess lighting quality.

IALD Activities

IALD is already working closely with DOE on several fronts. In March 2008, DOE and IALD, along with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), co-hosted a Lighting Designer Roundtable in Chicago to solicit the designer perspective on solid-state lighting market and technology issues. To learn more, see the Roundtable report.

In addition, IALD and IES are co-sponsors of the DOE Next Generation Luminaires™ design competition, which recognizes excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires. IALD members also contribute to DOE GATEWAY demonstration activities.

In 2011, IALD implemented a series of regional SSL workshops that were funded by DOE. The workshops were designed to provide information to enable lighting designers and specifiers to better educate clients about solid-state lighting, and also provide the tools and background to deal with the increasing amount of information, and in some cases misinformation, being used to tout SSL products. Three one-day workshops were held in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, followed by a one-day master-class that was held in New York.