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LIA Technical Guides

LIA Technical Guides


Guide to IoT Lighting Applications 


The Guide to IoT Lighting Applications provides a high level overview of how lighting systems will support the Internet of Things (IoT) and impact on smart buildings and other applications.

It will look at a variety of scenarios providing guidance on each along with insights into some of the benefits and challenges associated with the development of connected lighting


Guide to Wireless Lighting Systems

January 2019

Wireless technologies have revolutionised how we interact with the world in our daily lives. We expect to access the internet wherever we go and we love the convenience of being able to access content wherever we are, or interact with devices remotely.

The Guide to Wireless Lighting Systems will illustrate how wireless technology is revolutionising the lighting industry by unlocking additional benefits, and indeed enhancing the overall user experience. There has been so much confusion within the market regarding wireless technology and we felt that as the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) we should attempt to demystify some of the jargon and expand on the benefits and possible weaknesses of wireless technology.


The Light Source Guide

January 2017

The Light Source 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.


Lighting Control Guide

October 2018

The Lighting Controls Guide is issued by the LIA to provide an understanding of the subject, help with terminology, an appreciation of the benefits, and information on how to gain expert and reputable advice. 

The aims of this guide are:

  • To provide an appreciation of the benefits of lighting controls
  • To demonstrate that the benefits and abilities extend beyond electricity use reduction
  • To make the terminology of lighting controls more familiar
  • To inform those who are considering the use of lighting controls
  • To help match controls and light sources to ensure optimum results
  • To show where expert and reputable advice may be sought
  • To provide an introduction to a deeper understanding of the subject through training
  • To provide a decision tree to assist in the selection of the most suitable lighting controls

Lighting Control: Mini Guide

September 2017

The Lighting Control:Mini Guide provides an overview to lighting controls and describes the main benefits of a lighting control system.

The principal benefits of lighting controls are:

  • Energy saving
  • Installation cost reduction
  • Flexibility of building use
  • Maintenance improvements
  • Compliance with standards and regulations
  • Safety, productivity and well-being
  • Control of lighting effects and specialist applications

This guide describes each of these benefits and addresses central management and integration with other building control systems.


Lighting Control: Mini Guide - Combining with Emergency Lighting

January 2019

In many lighting installations the lighting serves a dual purpose, with luminaires operating as normal building lighting in normal conditions, plus in an emergency, some of them illuminate to provide escape lighting. The LIA Mini-Guide to Combining Lighting Controls and Emergency Lighting outlines designs for a lighting installation that will serve both purposes without compromise.

The Lighting Control: Mini-Guide - Combining with Emergency Lighting includes sections on self-contained emergency luminaires and centrally supplied emergency luminaires and describes normal operation, emergency operation, and emergency testing.

It concentrates on the use of DALI control gear because energy efficient buildings call for dimming and DALI is the most widely used standard for dimming control, and the DALI standard is unique in that it includes specific provisions to realise dual-purpose lighting in a vendor-independent manner.


Lighting Controls: Mini Guide to Building Regulations Part L (2013) Compliance

December 2013

TheLighting Controls: Mini Guide to Building Regulations Part L (2013) Compliance explains how lighting controls can be used to meet all of the requirements of  the Building Regulations, Part L(2013), which came into force in April 2014. The regulations require a significant increase in lighting efficiency, for which Lighting controls will play a key role. The guide is mainly concerned with compliance with Part L2 – i.e. with buildings other than dwellings. Part L1 deals with dwellings and its controls requirements are addressed at the end of the guide.