International information exchange, standards, testing, certification
The main functions of the Society are to set standards for the lighting industry, education, publication and liaison and coordination with international organisations. We are affiliated to the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE), otherwise known as the International Commission on Illumination. We coordinate with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for lighting standards, with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for energy conservation codes and establishing bench marks and development of standards for energy star rating of lighting products.
In the fields of education & training, ISLE is associated with other international professional bodies such as Lux Pacifica, IESNA, IES, IESANZ, LRC, LET(UK) etc., and national professional bodies such as ISHRAE, IBC, VOICE etc., and conduct periodical seminars. ISLE has also been instrumental in bringing in quality lighting education to many of our universities such as Jadhavpur, Manipal, Mewad, Bangalore, MAAER.
Lighting, awareness of developments, education & training
We try to promote natural lighting and have done some significant work on the subject. CIE decided to observe 1991 as the year of daylight measurement. We requested and obtained a Rs 60 lakh grant from the ministry of non-conventional energy sources and the department of science and technology to measure, with the help of the Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, day lighting in six different locations of the country at different times of the year.
The daylighting data is useful for our architects to design their buildings in such a fashion as to maximise the use of natural lighting, taking into account seasonal variation in the availability of light in different locations.
University Calgary, dedicated to illuminating the lives of the world’s poor are associated with ISLE and we have already used a combination of solar panels and LEDs to run successful rural lighting projects. Light Up the World Foundation has done excellent work in rural areas of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.