The South African Institute of Lighting (SAIL) represents all that is new and at the forefront of lighting in the built environment in South Africa.
The initiative was formed when patrons of the lighting industry recognised a need for an organisation that provided a variety of both tangible and intangible benefits including:
- Up-to-date legislative information from SABS, the NRCS and government that was relevant to a variety of areas of focus in the lighting industry.
- Focus on individual lighting career path development
- Access to online lighting courses based on a building block principle to advance lighting knowledge and proficiency
- Online courses without time away from the office
- Courses registered with professional bodies for CPD accreditation
- Practical photometry course
- Course qualifications will be recognised within the built environment and this includes a Diploma of Illumination Engineering
- All this will be available at affordable prices.
- Membership status and qualifications will be recorded on the membership card which can be presented out in the field where it matters.
- Access to an array of industry events including: Monthly meetings, monthly breakfasts, Q & A sessions, Educational panels sessions, professional speakers, satellite events, golf days, network events, online seminars, showcase events as well as affiliate organisations events. This will provide valuable exposure to a variety professionals within the built environment.
- This will all be achieved through a modern framework making use of a variety of digital touch points including a members’ portal on the website, peer-to-peer social media (Facebook and LinkedIn), access to downloads, email notifications, meeting invitations, access to current information and international happenings in the lighting industry.
- Members will have access to a variety of free relevant built environment publications
Phil Hammond, Chairman of SAIL, said, “Having this dynamic organisation seated in the heart of the Cape sees it amidst some exciting new projects attracting international minds and knowledge into the built environment. We are all about promoting great execution and use of lighting practices and we will endeavour to contribute to the success of local collaborations in the built environment.”
SAIL’s goal is to provide real benefits to the members. Membership is open to all professionals working in the built environment including lighting professionals, contractors, architects, electrical engineers, interior designers, facility managers, students, artists and more. The primary focus of the organisation is to provide current information from a variety of areas including but not limited to exterior lighting, interior lighting, décor lighting, artistic lighting, stage lighting, commercial lighting, retail lighting, industrial lighting, hazardous area lighting, and street lighting.
“The main objective of its committee is to provide transparent objective comment and information that adds benefit to their members’ career paths. At only R500 per year for membership, the free publications alone more than make up the expense. Group membership is recognised for companies when three or more individual members apply for membership, each individual member would then receive a R20 discount,” Hammond said.
“We believe that rather than networking within our lighting industry, that success is born from networking within the greater built environment. What we see from our initial efforts is that SAIL is set to transform the way professionals see lighting in the built environment and indeed how lighting practitioners execute professional lighting projects and designs.”
Growth in the lighting industry will come from energy efficient projects executed with international standards, prospecting forward thinking and energy conscious markets.
“Low quality and substandard cheap imports do nothing, but dent consumer confidence and tarnish the evolving technologies in a market where consumer knowledge is at an all-time low,” Hammond concludes.