The two bodies say the lighting market is in a period of dynamic change, which presents challenges and opportunities to the industry. This change is being driven partly by new technology such as LEDs – and in future OLEDs – partly through the drive for energy efficiency – the growing influence of lighting controls – and partly through developments such as wider use of the internet.
The councils of the two associations believe that these changes will be more effectively managed by the industry through one association speaking with one voice. The objective is to increase the benefits and services to the members of both associations and, in the process, to the lighting market as a whole.
The operations of LIF and LA are largely complementary, with limited duplication and very little overlap in membership. In fact in recent years the two associations have increasingly co-operated on areas of common interest such as legislation and standardisation.
The consultation process is expected to take several months in order to ensure that members views are sought and taken into account.
Further information will be available when the consultation is completed.