The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (established in 1939) have announced the publication of a new standard titled, Recommended Practice for Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconferencing Rooms (ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17). The document is geared toward “…professionals involved in the design, construction, assessment, and support of videoconferencing environments.” It applies to new construction and retrofit applications.

Jointly produced by “…lighting experts from [the] IES and videoconferencing experts from AVIXA, the standard is ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved, demonstrating that the development procedures meet ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process.” The press release goes on to state, “This standard 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 at least three but no more than 25 primary seating locations, the principles can be applied to other applications as outlined.” The standard also provides guidance for other design considerations, such as finishes and furnishings that might impact a videoconferencing setup.

“IES was pleased to partner with AVIXA to create ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17. Their contributions enhance 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 contributions to make this standard a very useful document for designing lighting for small-to-medium-sized videoconferencing rooms,” said Pat McGillicuddy, Manager of IES Standards Development.

“Videoconferencing lighting has a great impact on the user experience,” said Ann Brigida, CTS, CStd, AVIXA’s Senior Director of Standards. “AVIXA and IES share the goal of creating an environment that will enhance this form of communication. We are looking forward to working with IES again on guidance that will benefit both AV and lighting system outcomes.”The document is available in PDF format from the IES at The list price is $40; IES members $28. AVIXA members can purchase the standard for $28 at For nonmembers of AVIXA, the purchase price is $40.