Thursday, May 28, 2009

Texas Passes Bill Restricting Lighting Design

A new bill passed by the Texas Senate outlawed lighting design as we currently know it. Texas House Bill 2649 states that: "A person may not perform or offer to perform lighting design services unless the person is:
(1) licensed as an engineer under this chapter;
(2) registered as an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer under Subtitle B, Title 6; or
(3) licensed under Chapter 1305.
(b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the installation or operation of lighting fixtures.

The bill is scheduled to take effect on September 1.

Read some of our industry's reaction and the bill in its entirety:
Live Design
Architectural Lighting


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