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Lighting Standards

Well balanced illumination is essential for the establishment of a safe and productive work environment; optimizing illumination in the industrial workplace requires a number of considerations including type of equipment, environmental considerations, financial needs, goals, and type of work, etc. Generally, factors that affect the effectiveness of illumination are quantity and quality of light, amount of flicker, amount of glare, contrast and shadows. Each factor must be adjusted differently to optimize illumination in emergency, safety, operations, and security situations. Industrial Lighting Standards serve to address these concerns, in addition to the plethora of other concerns associated with the design, placement, installation, and energy requirements of illumination in industrial workplaces.

Proper illumination is essential for the optimization of safety, comfort and productivity in the workplace; workplace lighting also dictates quality of perception, mood, and performance levels of employees. Guidelines for lighting fixtures are outlined for different industrial environments, as well as a variety of very specific settings including manufacturing plants, energy plants, and more. Safe practices with regards to availability of emergency lighting, specifically the operation and performance testing of evacuation lighting systems are also provided. Energy performance standards are also expounded upon, specifying calculations for minimum energy requirement and efficient allocation.

Find more information on Emergency Lighting standards and Energy Efficient Lighting standards from the American National Standards Institute.

NECA 409-2015

Standard for Installing and Maintaining Dry-Type Transformers (ANSI)

Describes installation and maintenance practices for dry-type, two-winding transformers used for supplying power, heating, and lighting loads for commercial, institutional, and industrial use in nonhazardous locations, both indoors and outdoors.

NECA/IESNA 502-1999 (R2006)

Standard for Installing Industrial Lighting Systems (ANSI)

This standard describes installation procedures for lighting systems commonly used in industrial and storage buildings.

NEMA LE 6-2014

Procedure for Determining Target Efficacy Ratings for Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Luminaires

Provides a procedure for the determination of TER for luminaires under laboratory test conditions and describes categories or types of product used in common indoor and outdoor lighting applications. This standard does not apply to luminaires for specialized applications, including but not limited to products intended to be aimed, accent luminaires, rough or hazardous use luminaires or emergency lighting.

SAE J 2121-2009 (SAE J2121-2009)

Requirements for Composite Lighting Assemblies Used on Construction and Industrial Machinery

This SAE Standard provides general design performance requirements and related test procedures for composite lighting unit assemblies, other than signaling and marking devices, used on Earthmoving, Agricultural Tractors, and Road Building and Maintenance off-road work machines as defined in SAE J1116. To provide general guidelines and design parameters for lighting assemblies used on construction and industrial machinery.

NECA/IESNA 501-2000 (R2006)

Standard for Installing Exterior Lighting Systems (ANSI)

This standard describes installation procedures for lighting systems commonly used in outdoor applications on and near commercial, institutional, industrial, and storage buildings.

AS/NZS 1680.2.4:2017

Interior and workplace lighting - Industrial tasks and processes (FOREIGN STANDARD)

Sets out recommendations for the lighting of industrial tasks and processes that are carried out within buildings.


As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.