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SLL rejects merger with lighting engineers

The Society of Light and Lighting has effectively pulled the plug on the proposed merger between the SLL and the Institution of Lighting Engineers.

In a statement that will send shock waves through the industry''s institutions, the SLL said that a merger ''would not achieve the overall objectives of successful unification of the lighting profession''.

Lighting Council
The organisation is now throwing its weight behind the creation of the Lighting Council, an umbrella body for all organisations and institutions in the industry.

The statement describes the discussions between the SLL and ILE as ''very successful in that much has been achieved in terms of the two organisations working more closely together''.

It continues: ''To this end, there is now greater collaboration in the areas of education, technical and promotions. Last week saw the first joint meeting of the two organisations'' membership & education committees at Rugby, which will now be repeated twice a year… The SLL is completely committed to this and other initiatives of closer collaboration with the ILE.

Professionals in light
''The SLL understands that there was some expectation for a merger but is of the opinion that trying to merge the memberships of the SLL and the ILE would not achieve the overall objectives of successful unification of the lighting profession. SLL also has a commitment to providing access to a lighting discipline for general building service engineers (as against lighting specialists) within Cibse, a link which is of value to the lighting profession as a whole.

''However, looking at the wider picture, such an arrangement would exclude other important sectors within the lighting profession who by nature of their constitution would also not be able to merge with a new body. It is thought that a Construction Industry Council type model for lighting would result in the widest possible grouping of lighting interests, be they professional, manufacturing, education or research and the creation of such a grouping remains the SLL''s focus.

''The Society believes that the creation of such an all-embracing new representative group will give the lighting profession the wider and stronger voice that it deserves.''

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