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

Building Technologies Office – About the Program

U.S. Department of Energy and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Partner to Advance Industry Lighting Standards

Image containing the DOE logo and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) logo. The DOE logo, on the left, 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.  The IES logo, on the right, contains white upper case letters spelling 'IES' in front of a stylized yellow rectangle.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on the development of strong industry lighting standards. The original MOU was signed in July 2006 and a renewed MOU was signed in October 2011. It underscores the Department's commitment to support the development of needed metrics and standards for solid-state lighting (SSL) technology.

The MOU serves to solidify and strengthen the ongoing collaborative relationship between DOE and IES. The agreement outlines five broad goals for joint DOE-IES efforts:

  • Promote and support the DOE Building Technologies Office and the development of DOE efficiency standards by gathering input from technical experts, and by developing appropriate IES standards and procedures
  • Develop and maintain guides and procedures to assist the lighting community in the photometric measurement of SSL devices and other technologies to support DOE programs, and to provide consistency and uniformity in photometric reports
  • Develop and maintain standards that include a focus on energy conservation strategies to benefit design professionals and users
  • Encourage the participation of DOE personnel in IES technical committee activities and provide the opportunity for dissemination and publication of related research
  • Develop and maintain appropriate education modules for inclusion in IES course materials for use by IES members and other organizations

IES is the recognized technical authority on illumination, and communicates information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, the lighting community, and consumers. For more information on IES, visit www.ies.org.

IES Activities

Currently IES works with DOE on developing needed lighting industry standards and co-sponsors the Next Generation Luminaires™ design competition with DOE and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), which recognizes excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED commercial lighting luminaires. In 2008, IES co-hosted a Lighting Designer Roundtable with DOE and IALD to solicit the designer perspective on using solid-state lighting. To learn more, see the Roundtable report.