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Workplace Specific Lighting Standards

Lighting standards and recommendations vary dramatically across different work environments. These standards offer methods of maximizing lighting effectiveness for the functions and demands of the specific workplace setting through optimized initial design principles as well as guidelines for system upgrades. For example, hospital lighting standards purport to augment patient comfort and foster recovery by creating a uniquely pleasant environment, museum lighting standards take into consideration the fragility of exposed artwork and emphasize damage prevention, while standards for educational facilities aim to accommodate the interchange of instructional media and heighten illumination for realization of visual tasks.

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Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

The objective of this document is to provide context, define challenges, and identify recommended lighting design practices for healthcare-specific environments. This document is not prescriptive but is intended to provide guidance and to inspire by identifying possibilities that enable designers to develop the appropriate solutions for complex situations and spaces.


Lighting and the Visual Environment for Senior Living

This recommended practice is the authority for lighting recommendations for older people.

IES RP-6-15

Sports and Recreational Area Lighting

Over the years, there have been increases in the demand for both indoor and outdoor sports facilities. To meet the increase in demand, lighting is a cost effective way to extend hours of play during hours of darkness. Lighting is also required for indoor sporting facilities during the day. With increasing power and operational costs, energy efficiency should be a key consideration when designing a lighting system. The purpose of IES RP-6-15 Sports and Recreational Area Lighting is to provide the reader with recommendations to aid in the design of sports lighting systems. Popular sports, such as baseball, tennis, basketball and football as well as recreational social activities, such as horseshoe pitching and croquet are covered. Venues for spectators of amateur, collegiate, and professional sports are complex facilities that should provide not only for the spectators, but also the equipment used in modern sports broadcasting. This document does not address those needs, so the reader should look for guidance from the sports league or the project consultant.

SAE ARP 1161B-2019

Crew Station Lighting - Commercial Aircraft

This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice covers the recommended requirements for the lighting and characteristics of instruments; information plates and displays, emergency, cautionary, advisory and status displays; circuit breaker and toggle switch positions; and the recommended requirements for the utility lighting system.

ASAE EP344.4 JAN2014 (R2019)

Lighting Systems for Agricultural Facilities

This Engineering Practice is intended to guide those responsible for or concerned with, the design of lighting installations on or within agricultural facilities. This Engineering Practice applies to the effective performance of workers as they accomplish specific tasks requiring various levels of illuminance and it applies to lighting installations used to change the physiological or biological properties of livestock, birds, fish and plants to alter their production capabilities.

IES LEM-3-13

IES Guidelines for Upgrading Lighting Systems in Commercial and Institutional Spaces

This document is intended for commercial and institutional building owners, lighting practitioners, managers, facility engineers, energy service companies, retrofitters, and utility representatives considering a lighting upgrade


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.