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IES, AVIXA jointly publish standard on lighting for videoconferencing rooms

August 2, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

August 2, 2018 — Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, have released the new standard, Recommended Practice for Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconferencing Rooms (ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17).

Created by lighting experts from IES and videoconferencing experts from AVIXA, the standard is ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved.

It provides lighting parameters and performance criteria for small-to-medium-sized single-axis videoconferencing spaces defined as one set of video displays and cameras. Although the standard is written to consider between three and 25 primary seating locations, the principles can be applied to other applications as outlined.

The standard provides guidance to professionals involved in the design, construction, assessment and support of videoconferencing environments. It presents performance criteria for the design and measurement/evaluation of room lighting.


RP-38-17 provides measurable lighting performance criteria so the system will:

• Offer minimum lighting performance requirements for optimum participant viewing of displays, presenter and task area
• Optimize lighting for cameras, thereby improving the images transmitted to remote sites
• Enhance videoconference communications, comfort and productivity

“IES was pleased to partner with AVIXA to create ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17. Their contribution enhances the value of the standard by providing both expertise from their standards writing committee members and also by offering the perspective of end users. IES appreciates their contribution to make this standard a very useful document for designing lighting for small-to-medium-sized videoconferencing rooms,” said Pat McGillicuddy, manager, IES Standards Development.

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