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The Earth Hour 2016

Posted by on 23 March, 2016 in Brillant news

HdlT2016Organized one week earlier than usual, the Earth Hour was celebrated Saturday, March 19th, all around the world. It was a quiet year on the social networks but also in Westmount where IDA Quebec was participating to its first public activity.

Despite the 25-year anniversary of the Committee “Westmount Healthy City”, the 10th celebration of “Earth Hour” in Westmount was rather discreet. Visitors do not show as in 2015 and the officials have missed the call – except Mr. Jacques Chagnon who gave a short speech at the beginning to retire immediately after.

IDA Quebec was represented again by Pierre Tournay and Mihai R. Pecingina.

The tradition has been respected. The Scottish bagpipes announced the arrival of Earth Hour (immediately after the presentation of the anniversary cake).

The lights around the Victoria Hall Centre were turned off. The sky was very clear so those present could take full advantage of telescopes in the nearby park.

The surprise of the evening was on the display of Westmount Hydro: the representative told us that the City is interest in the purchase of amber or PC amber LED. We’re expecting news with optimism.

And you? How have you spent the Earth Hour?

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The 2015 IDA Québec Award

Posted by on 7 February, 2016 in Brillant news

DSC05937The 4th of February, the Montreal section of IES organized at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum the gala to reward the winners of the “Prix-Lumière” – the most beautiful lighting projects of 2015.

For a second consecutive year, IDA Québec presented during the evening its own prize for the best lighting project. This year the winner was Louis-David Houle, engineer for exp, for his lighting project on Lavigerie Boulevard in Sherbrooke.

In his speech preceding the award, the President of IDA Quebec, Mihai Pecingina, who was accompanied by Isabelle Lessard, secretary of the organization, invited lighting designers to feel no fear of the “dark-sky” concept and to try to understand that it is very easy to achieve an acceptable installation from the point of view of the protection of the night environment by adjusting four parameters simultaneously: the quantity, direction and the color of the light and the duration of operation of the installation.

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The P4930-100-9 standard published for public consultation

Posted by on 18 December, 2015 in Brillant news

norme BNQAs previously announced, the draft of the standard P 4930-100-9 Outdoor Lighting – Light Pollution Control is now at the stage of public consultation.

You can consult the “Public Consultations” section of BNQ’s Web site [] and download (in French only) the draft standard as well as the feedback form provided for this purpose.
Please send your comments to the

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The new standard for the reduction of the light pollution

Posted by on 24 October, 2015 in Brillant news

DSC05394Tuesday, October the 20th, BNQ presented the new norm on the light pollution reduction.

The presentation (click here for the pdf (french only): Lunch-éclair-Norme BNQ 20 octobre 2015) aimed more technical subjects, from standardization aspects to how the values proposed were calculated.

Mr. Daniel Langlais, Eng. BNQ was assisted by Patrick Martineau, Eng. Hydro-Québec, which presented the lighting technical part.

A record number of 60 people attended the conference presented October’s Lunch-éclair by IES Montreal.

At the same time the participants learned that the publication of the norm for public revision was pushed to mid-November.

Follow the BNQ site to access the content of the norm.

Mr. Mihai Pecingina, Germain Gauthier and Yvan Desaulniers, IDA Quebec members, assisted to the conference.

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