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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) calls for working cooperatively toward improving the efficient use of energy by lighting equipment and systems and improving lighting quality in the built environment.

IALD is an internationally recognized organization comprising independent and esteemed professionals dedicated to the very highest standards in lighting design. DOE's collaboration with IALD further strengthens the Department’s commitment to developing innovative, energy-efficient lighting solutions. To learn more about IALD, visit

The MOU highlights four key areas on which DOE and IALD will collaborate:

  • Promoting lighting design principles and technologies that improve lighting quality, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.
  • Developing and disseminating technical information to assist the lighting design community in the assessment and specification of SSL and other efficient technologies.
  • Jointly facilitating forums in which lighting designers can exchange ideas and information with DOE and provide input to DOE lighting program planning.
  • Encouraging professional lighting designers to participate in DOE lighting projects, such as GATEWAY demonstrations, with particular attention to helping DOE assess lighting quality.

IALD Activities

IALD is already working closely with DOE on several fronts. In addition, IALD partners with DOE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) on Next Generation Lighting Systems evaluations. NGLS evaluates today’s connected lighting systems in real-world installations, in order to identify challenges in installation and operation, reveal needed product improvements, and articulate principles and best practices that will reduce configuration complexity and enable system performance to meet expectations.