Lighting standards

I read the article discussing Robert Catone's work on cleanroom lighting [“Lighting designer says standards committees are in the dark,” CleanRooms, January 2000, p. 4] in which he states that “there have not been any standards or recommended practices drafted on cleanroom lighting.” Not true! Actually, a draft was produced under the IEEE working group P1429. This standard was to cover recommended practice for the design of cleanroom electrical systems. It included chapters on the design and specification of electrical systems, including normal and emergency power, fire/chemical/gas detection, hazardous areas, EMI/RFI and lighting.

Participants included a balanced mix of semiconductor producers, equipment suppliers, consulting engineers and contractors. Coordination was taking place with the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) and SEMI.

Unfortunately, the document only reached the 70-percent completion level before lapsing into dormancy recently. The IEEE and IEST are looking to complete the document. Should anyone wish to volunteer to restart the working group and complete the draft they can contact me at [email protected].

Brian Rener, P.E.
Past Chairman, IEEE P1429


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