Lighting Industry Association
The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is a trade association representing UK manufacturers of lighting equipment. LIA members design, manufacture and sell electric lamps, luminaires, lamp-holders, low-voltage lighting, emergency lighting, road lighting, control gear and equipment associated with lighting, throughout the European Union (EU) and worldwide.
Most lamp types associated with general lighting within and around buildings can be used in various applications. Consequently, this guide focuses more on how the lighting is generated and not by end usage, although typical applications are given.
The Lamp Guide aims to provide an introduction to the key lamp types available, with the objective of providing as much information as possible for the reader, whether they are new to lighting or even an experienced engineer or designer.
Detailed information about individual lamps is available from lamp manufacturer members of the Lighting Industry Association. See the links on each page.
With the global concern over carbon emissions and global warming, the key driving factor in the development and use of light sources is Energy Efficiency.
Energy efficient technology is seen to play an important role in the future approach to energy both in the short and medium to long term. According to the European Commission by 2010 about 180 million tonnes of CO2, the equivalent annual output of around 50 power stations, could be prevented by the use of energy-efficient products and appliances alone in Europe -around half of the EU’s commitment under Kyoto.
More than 50% of all lamp technologies installed in Europe are still not the most energy efficient; as such the potential for improvements and savings (of energy, costs and CO2 emissions) for Europe are significant.
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