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LAI and LIA form alliance to strengthen future

Pictured signing the agreement at LIA’s Telford Centre is Gay Byrne, LAI Chairman and Julie Humpreys, LIA Commercial Manager.

Lighting Association Ireland (LAI) and the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) have announced a joint agreement to work closely together. The two bodies share a similar outlook and philosophy when it comes to their members and the future of lighting, and the closer relationship between them will benefit not just the members, but the entire lighting industry.

Lighting Association Ireland is the established representative body for the sector in Ireland with a membership that includes all the key players and market-leading brands. Between them they are involved in every facet of the business, including design, manufacture, distribution and installation of lighting throughout all of Ireland.

The LIA has a heritage of over 80 years and is Europe’s largest trade association for lighting equipment professionals with over 250 members. It is globally recognised as an authority on all lighting matters.

The agreement between LAI and the LIA will see the sharing of member benefits between both organisations covering a wide range of services, from training to social events and including the LIA’s UKAS-accredited lighting laboratory.

In the context of Brexit and what it may or may not bring, both associations agree that it is logical to have mutually-beneficial ties to maximise shared strengths and interests for the future.

See www.laoi.ie

 

Emergency Lighting Standard IS 3217:2013 Amendment

Gearoid McKenna, the LAI representative on the National Standards Authority of Ireland Fire Safety Standards Committee.

IS 3217:2013 was originally published on 27 December, 2013 further to the first edition which was unveiled in 1989 and the second edition in 2008. The standard is produced with the assistance of the National Standards Authority of Ireland Fire Safety Standards Committee that is made up of representatives from the following – ACEI; OPW; IFE; ECA; AECI; LAI; EMDA; CFOA; NDFEM; FIAI; HSA and emergency lighting manufacturers.

Subsequent to the publishing of IS 3217:2013, the committee decided to meet one year later to review the standard and discuss any feedback. There was a considerable amount of feedback and queries into various sections and clauses, most notably Section 10 Central Power Systems and Clause 8.5.2.2. which deals with lift cars and lift shafts. There was also some editorial feedback.

The committee met a number of times to deliberate on this feedback before producing a draft amendment that was then circulated for public enquiry. At the end of the public enquiry period 40 submitted comments were collated and each comment was considered in detail by the committee.

The final draft amendment, which included requirements in line with European standards which had been published since the original publication date, was then approved by the committee and forwarded to NSAI for approval and publication.

The part of the standard dealing with lift cars and lift shafts was amended to include 5 lux minimum in and around the car. In the pit a minimum of 1 lux is required. Details of the siting of the luminaires were specified.

Central Power Systems, Section10 was where most of the amendments were made. The committee completely reviewed this section dealing with cables, wiring systems and circuit requirements. Cabling options have been added with clear guidance to size of cables, survival times and stated applicable standards.

Section 10.2.3: Interconnection of Luminaires was added. This section is about the protection of emergency escape lighting within an escape route where escape lighting is provided by either a single or two or more circuits. It details the cabling, connections to the luminaire, fusing and junction boxes. Annex K was added to demonstrate typical wiring arrangements for single and multiple compartments.

Section.3.3 Joints was amended to comply with Section 10.2.3. Details of the enclosures with survival times of 90 and 60 minutes were added. E90 & E60 enclosures complying with DIN4102-12 are deemed to meet these requirements. These amendments, among others including editorial changes, are now in IS 3217:2013+A1:2017 which is available from NSAI.

The next step for IS 3217 is a complete review of the entire standard which is conducted between three and five years after the publication date. The National Standards Authority of Ireland Fire Safety Standards Committee has already commenced this process.

Contact: NSAI. Tel: 01 – 807 3800; email: info@nsai.ie; www.nsai.ie

LAI Builds on renewed momentum

Gay Byrne, Chairman, Lighting Association Ireland (LAI)

“LAI has now gained considerable momentum in recent months”, says Gay, “and we are extremely pleased with our progress to date. Indeed, the manner in which all sectors of the lighting industry in Ireland, and abroad, has responded has been most encouraging.

“Right from the outset LAI has had an outward-looking approach, our objective being to reach out to — and engage with — all the professionals involved in lighting. To that end we have had preliminary discussions with most of the lighting-related professional bodies and representative organisations, and have formed working relationships that will be further developed over the coming weeks and months.

“We have a firm structure of steering committees and sub-committees in place so that the various strands of our activities progress in parallel. While separate, they do not operate in isolation but maintain close contacts so that all developments proceed in tandem, and in a cohesive manner.

“For instance, our CPD programme is now well advanced and we expect to unveil a strong line-up of speakers and topics that we can roll out under the LAI banner shortly to all lighting professionals. We have had excellent engagement with the other lighting-related professional bodies on this and the intention is to conduct joint CPD events over the course of the year.

“With Brexit looming we have also looked further afield. We have had a number of discussions with the European lighting representative body and, while these will continue, we have forged a much closer relationship the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) in the UK. We see that we have a great deal in common with one another and plan to develop mutually-beneficial ties to maximise our shared strengths and interests.

“That said, LAI is also about the lighting community, the people within the industry. To that end we have become involved in the Peter Church Rememberance Golf Outing. This is a joint initiative between Peter’s wife, Louise, their daughters Megan, Olivia and Laura, Reg Farrell and LAI.

“At the request of Louise and the family it is being organised as a charity event, the objective being to raise funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Childrens’ Hospice, Leopardstown and Our Lady’s Hospice & Cares Services, Harold’s Cross.

“Venue is The Castle Golf Club in Dublin and the date is Friday, 22 September 2017. It is €600 to enter a team (to include golf and buffet). There are also sponsorship opportunities of €100 per tee box. Fill details are available at www.laoi.ie

“As the foregoing indicates, LAI has gained considerable momentum since its relatively recent formation, and the industry response has been tremendous. New members are coming on board at an increasing rate with LAI now firmly recognised as the voice of lighting in Ireland.”

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Peter Church Memorial Golf Outing

Peter Church SquareThe Peter Church Memorial Golf Outing is a joint initiative between Peter’s wife, Louise, their daughters Megan, Olivia and Laura, Reg Farrell and Lighting Association Ireland. Peter’s reach and influence extended far and wide within the electrical industry and, while renowned and respected for his business acumen, he is also remembered for his generosity of spirit and the friendships he forged.

This outing is the perfect opportunity for his many industry friends and colleagues to remember Peter and to commemorate his life. At the request of Louise and the family it is being organised as a charity event, the objective being to raise funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Childrens’ Hospice, Leopardstown and Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross.

Venue is The Castle Golf Club in Dublin and the date is Friday, 22 September 2017. Format is a four-ball team event with a shot gun start at 2pm so that all participants finish at the same time. This will be followed by a full buffet meal, the presentation of prizes, a raffle and the charity presentation. Main prize is donated by Louise and the girls.

It is €600 to enter a team (to include golf and buffet) with sponsorship opportunities of €100 per tee box.

To enter a team contact: Deborah Fitzpatrick at 087 – 273 7878, email: deborah@fantasylights.com or

Christine Mulhall. Tel: 01 – 452 4182; email: christine@switch.ie