Birthday greetings from International Electrotechnical Commission

Birthday greetings from International Electrotechnical Commission

Birthday greetings from International Electrotechnical Commission


International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has sent warmest congratulations on the 25th anniversary of BOOS company.

Dear Mr. Boos,

the group has made its mark on Russian cityscapes by creating innovations to illuminate buildings and cultural landmarks, as well as roads, streets, parks and tunnels, throughout the country.

Architectural lighting

Architectural lighting design, a discipline that brings together architecture, interior design and electrical engineering, has been around for a long time. The increasing availability of electricity – and therefore electric lighting – in the 1920s gave some of the most famous architects of the era – Walter Gropius of Bauhaus fame is one of them – the idea to use lighting sources in their creations. Since then, technological innovations and the limitless creativity of designers have made lighting an integral part of building architecture. Today, complex lighting solutions can enhance and strengthen interior and exterior environments, creating dramatic and spectacular spatial effects.

A new dimension

How much light is required, how space and objects will be affected by the colour of the light, the distribution of light within the indoor or outdoor space, the effect it creates are elements that have to be taken into account in the design process.


Behind the scene, but essential to the lighting sector, are standards. A good part of the standards used by the Russian lighting sector are national adoptions of IEC International Standards. IEC Technical Committees (TCs), and in particular IEC TC 34, which has developed International Standards for luminaires and lighting installations for almost 70 years, are keeping abreast of new technologies in this field.

…and conformity assessment are essential

Proper and safe lighting conditions not only rely on IEC International Standards, but also on two IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, IECEE and IECQ. IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, provides a global platform for testing and certifying lighting products. For its part, IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has put in place the IECQ Scheme for LED Lighting.

The importance of lighting, outdoor or indoor, in industry or in residential areas, is set to expand further in the future, owing in no small part to International Standards prepared by a number of IEC TCs and CA Systems that provide assurance that they comply with international technical and regulatory requirements.

Russia at the forefront

Russia has a long tradition of excellence in lighting technologies, with, among others, VNISI, the Russian Lighting Research Institute, and the faculty of Lighting Engineering of MPEI, the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, at the forefront of research, development and education in this field.

Talent, creativity, expertise, know-how have always been abundantly available in Russian universities and institutes. This is certainly true for the lighting sector where engineering and technology have to be matched with creativity and innovation to produce high-performance solutions and dramatic effects.

Georgy Boos, CEO of the Boos Lighting (BL) Group, one of the leading entrepreneurs in the lighting sector in Russia, combines all those qualities. He graduated from MPEI with a degree in electrical engineering of lighting equipment and worked at VNISI as an engineer until he set up his own business.

The pursuit of excellence

In 1991, Boos, together with his father, founded Svetoservis, a lighting equipment research and production company, of which he became CEO two years later. Today, Svetoservis is under the leadership of the BL Group, a holding company that also comprises GALAD, a manufacturer of lighting products, and OPORA ENGINEERING, whose products include outdoor lighting support legs, cantilevers, cellular communications antennas, information stands, lightning protection structures, and so forth.

BL Group: 25 years in the limelight

In 1994, the Moscow government made the decision to establish in a unified lighting environment and entrusted the BL Group with the task of creating architectural and art illuminations for many buildings in the capital. The hotel «Ukraine» was the first building commissioned and was followed by the major city landmarks. The rest is history… More than 6 000 lighting projects have been completed, not only in Moscow but also in many Russian cities. Recently, the BL Group developed the illumination concept of the Olympic Park in Sotchi for the 2014 Winter Games.

In addition to his business activities, Boos has also had a successful career in politics. From 1995 to 1998 and from 1999 to 2005, he was a Deputy of the State Duma. From 2005 to 2010 he was Governor of the Kaliningrad region.

Throughout his career, Boos has been the recipient of many honours and awards recognizing his achievements both as a politician and as CEO of the BL Group.

IEC is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The IEC is one of three global sister organizations (IEC, ISO, ITU) that develop standards for the world. It provides a platform to companies, industries and governments for meeting, discussing and developing the International Standards they require.