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Membership benefits

Succeeding in the field of laser displays requires an unusual mix of artistic talent, technical acumen and business savvy. ILDA's publications, awards programs, conferences and committee activities are designed to help Members become more successful.


One of ILDA's greatest benefits is one that doesn't fall under any particular category: it's the ability to meet your peers and discuss issues as colleagues, rather than competitors. ILDA's annual conference, its committees and its information networks open the door to countless opportunities to forge partnerships, explore new options and network with the many talented people who comprise the laser display industry.


All Members are publicly listed at ILDA's website and any printed membership roster under their appropriate category of Corporate, Nonprofit, Individual or Student. The listings include company and contact name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, email and website addresses, and a description.

Any Corporate or Affiliate branch offices which maintain local staff, facilities and equipment (e.g., not just sales reps) can have a cross-reference back to the main office listing. For more information, see our policy on branch office listings.


Members have complete access to all seminars and workshops at the annual ILDA Conference. This includes the Lase-Off (an open exhibition of laser artwork), the Advanced Technology Workshop, Industry Trade Show, the Awards Banquet and other events.

Members: Please note that Conference registration is extra -- it is not included in the membership fee. What your membership does give you is  1) access to all programs -- some of which are not available to the general public, and 2) reduced registration rates compared to the general public's rates.


ILDA Members are laser experts who have joined the Association in order to improve their business and the entire laser industry. You can let clients know that you are a professional by using the ILDA Member logo on your website, brochures, letterhead and other marketing materials.

ILDA Members are also bound by the Code of Ethics. The Code and ILDA's enforcement help reassure customers and clients that they will be treated fairly and professionally.

Members: Follow the highlighted links for more information on proper use of the logo and to download copies of the logo.


The ILDA Awards for artistic achievement and new technology are open only to Members. Competing in the Awards allows Members to measure their skills against world standards. The "award-winning" companies often use this fact in advertising and marketing. Winning an ILDA Award quickly communicates that the company has indeed been recognized by its peers as having created world-class displays and technology.


ILDA Members will be on the "ILDA List" to receive e-mail from ILDA's office and from other members. One benefit is that ILDA Members are the only ones to know about inquiries passed on from people who write to ILDA, looking for laser show companies and equipment. If you do one laser show, or sell one piece of equipment based on an inquiry, that could pay for your entire ILDA membership for the year!

The ILDA List is also a forum for exchanging ideas and seeking solutions to laser-related problems. When you need a user manual or obscure part the day before a show, the ILDA List can be a lifesaver.

To find out more about the ILDA mailing list, click here.


Requests received by ILDA are passed on to Members via our private e-mail list. This ILDA Inquiries & Referral Service happens many times a month. Perhaps there will be an inquiry for a show in your service area, or for equipment that you manufacture or distribute. If just one sale a year comes out of you answering these inquiries, you have paid for your ILDA membership right there!


Members can submit their news, photos and success stories for ILDA's press releases webpage.

This is a way to help spread your marketing efforts. It also helps with search engines, since having a link at ILDA is a factor than can improve ranking.



ILDA Members can take advantage of discounted rates on equipment and services. Click here for more details.

Members also pay significantly lower rates for ILDA-provided events such as the Annual Conference, ILDA's Laser Safety Officer course, and registration for the ILDA Accredited Lasershow Professional Company program.


ILDA Members have access to the insurance expertise of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA).  Members interested in obtaining insurance quotes from someone familiar with the laser, lighting and entertainment industries should consult the Members Only section of this website.


ILDA Members create technology standards that stimulate display industry growth by reducing the complexity of show production. Members can download copies of all current Standards for free. There is a small fee for non-members to purchase copies of the Standards.


In addition to the Technology Committee, there are other ILDA committees working in various areas. These include Safety, Awards, and Professional Status. By volunteering for these, you get to work with other active leaders, to help shape ILDA and the laser display industry.


The ILDA Code of Ethics requires members to treat clients, and each other, in a fair and professional manner. This consumer protection helps reassure customers that they will be treated fairly by ILDA Members. This gives clients a reason to choose ILDA Members over other laser companies.

In the event of a dispute, the Ethics Committee can act to reach a fair settlement. ILDA does take ethics seriously; members have been suspended or dropped as a result of Ethics Committee findings. While ILDA hopes that clients and Members don't have to take advantage of this benefit, it is nice to know that ILDA Members are held to a higher standard.


ILDA Members have been instrumental in helping establish/modify procedures and standards of national and international governmental agencies. For example, ILDA was instrumental in developing new regulations for outdoor laser light shows after incidents in the mid-1990s. These procedures, originally developed for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, have gone on to be adopted by the E.U., Canada, U.K. and other countries.

Having an entire industry association stand behind a proposal is a definite benefit. Sometimes the voices of single companies are not heard as well by regulators.


You may have an issue of special concern. One of the great things about ILDA is that it allows you to tackle this issue with your peers, and to get results with an industry-wide impact. In this respect, ILDA can be a "self-help" association. You get out of it, what you put into it.

  • To give an example, in the early years of computer laser graphics, different companies had different names for the same feature. A single image was called a "frame" at some firms, and a "cel" at others. One ILDA Member working with graphics felt there should be an industry-wide standard for the various terms. His proposal for a "Terminology Standardization Committee" was approved by the Board.
         Over the next year, he and a few like-minded ILDA Members worked to draw up the official "ILDA Laser Glossary". The Glossary defined about 50 key terms and the sometimes subtle distinctions between them.
         The resulting direct benefit for the member was less work when writing manuals, tutorials, ads, etc. A larger, more indirect benefit was that ILDA Members came to speak the same language and thus be more unified as an industry.

There have been a number of other instances where ILDA Members saw a need, and helped develop a solution under ILDA's banner. If you see areas where ILDA sponsorship can provide a solution, figure out how best to help. Perhaps it is in an existing committee, or creating a new committee, or tackling the problem in another way. Contact the Executive Director and/or the Board, and find out how ILDA can help you reach your goal.



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   Most-used website pages

Home page
What's new with ILDA  (latest news)
Become a Member  (for non-members)
Become Accredited (for laser show companies)
Renew for this year  (for Members)
Member Management website
Contact us  (address, phone, etc.)

Safety links & articles


    For laser show clients

Find a laser display company:
ILDA Membership directories
      Members new & renewed for 2014
          2013  2012
          2011  2010  2009  2008  2007
Submit an inquiry about a specific project
      Why hire an ILDA-related company
      Contact ILDA

See our Members' work:
      Places to see laser shows
      Latest shows and projects
      New products and services
Press releases from our members
      Sign up for Laserist list email
      Laser art book: "World of Manick Sorcar"

Articles by and about ILDA

Why use lasers:
Complete Guide to Laser Shows
      Why lasers?
Atmospheric beam effects
Animated graphics
The show

Consumer protection:
 ILDA Accreditation helps ensure qualifications
      ILDA Code of Ethics protects you
      Ethics Complaint Form (file a complaint)
      Ethics Complaint List (active complaints)
      What does it mean that a company is an ILDA Member?

      Internet and eBay fraud warning
      Safety links & articles
      Laser effects on cameras and camcorders
     Are you being harassed by lasers?

For laser pointers:
        Safety warning: "DVD Laser Flashlight Hack"

        Laser Pointer Safety website

Inquiries and referrals (find a company, book a show, ask a question)

   For all laserists

Become an ILDA Member
ILDA Pro (IAPLC) accreditation

Laser Safety Officer course
Online Store website
ILDA mailing lists:
      ILDA and Laserist mailing lists
      ILDA BuySell mailing list
Safety links & articles
U.S. regulatory info
      U.S. national laser laws and regulations 
      Local laser laws and regulations
      2011 relaxation of CDRH reporting requirements
      U.S. laser laws affecting importers
      CDRH-ILDA letters, Nov. 2007
      Discussion of U.S. import laws

Audience scanning
      Audience scanning: Measurements and MPE levels
      Audience scanning: Suggested practices

      Audience scanning: Regulations and practices
Technical standards
Links to related sites


   For ILDA members

Members-Only pages:
How to get a Members-Only password
      New Member information
      ILDA Award photos for Members
  ILDA logos for Member use
  ILDA logo policy
      ILDA marketing materials (flyers)
 Insurance & shipping liability
      Avoiding damage to cameras and projectors
     "Undergraduate Photons" paper
 ILDA Bylaws
      Types of voting
 Board meeting minutes:
            2014    2013
            2012    2011
            2010    2009

            2008    2007 
            2006 and earlier

     ILDA tradeshow reports:
            SIB, April 2008 in Rimini
            Show-way, Feb. 2008, Bergamo
            LDI, Nov. 2007, Orlando
            PALME, May 2007, Dubai

Member Management website
Password help

Update your listings
      Quick and easy renewal process

Membership information:
      Member Management website (renew, conference registration, etc.)
      How to check your Membership status & listings

      How to update your Membership listing
      How to renew your Membership

      How to make payments via PayPal or credit card
      Membership FAQ
      Branch office policy
Restrictions on Individual & Student Members

Membership benefits:
      Membership listings
Annual Conference
Use the ILDA Member logo
Enter the ILDA Awards
Receive inquiries
Member Discount Program
Help set standards
 Access to ILDA Standards
Work on committees
Ethics Committee
 Input to regulatory agencies

Member Discount Program
Ethics and business:
      Code of Ethics
Code of Business Practice
Code of Bus. Pr. FAQ
      Ethics Complaint Form
Intellectual property tips

      2010 warning - OpenGL artware piracy

Accreditation & certification programs
      Required elements
      "ILDA Professional" IAPLC program

Laser safety basics



   About ILDA

Contact us
Permission to reprint ILDA material
What we do:
     Our mission
     Protecting the industry
     What does it mean that a company is an ILDA Member?
     ILDA's power and limits

     Articles by and about ILDA

Board, Executive Director & committees:
Board and Executive Director
Board duties
      Running and voting for the Board
      Volunteer opportunities
      ILDA's power and limits

Our history:
     Founding meeting, 1986
     Founding Members, 1986
  ILDA timeline, 1986-present
List of past ILDA Award winners
List of past ILDA Conferences
List of past Board members
     Current "What's new" page (for this year)
     Past "What's new" pages:
            2012  2011  2010
  2009  2008

            2007  2006


   The ILDA Conference

Nov 2013, Aalen, Germany
Future conferences

Previous conferences:
     2012 Nov., San Antonio, Texas
2011 Nov., Moscow
          Post-conference report
Pre-conference information:
          Overview, registration, attendees

     2010 Sept., cruise #2 from Miami
          Tim Walsh's diary
          Pre-conference information:
               Overview and registration
               Reservations and travel
      2009 June, Amsterdam
          Overview and photos
          Technology Workshop
           Pre-conference information:
               ILDA Member registration
               Non-member registration
 2008 Sept., cruise from Miami
            Post-conference report
            Tim Walsh's diary

            Pre-conference information:
                Photo preview
                Reservations and getting there
          Conference registration
       Sponsorship opportunities
                Logo contest (deadline 6/30)
      2007 March, Heshan, China:
           About the 2007 Conference
           List of attendees
2006 March, Rimini, Italy
List of past conferences

About conferences:
      Conferences: A general overview
      Conference hosting guide

   The ILDA Awards

2013 Award winners
2012 Award winners

Previous ILDA Award winners

List of all artistic & tech winners
     List of all Career Achievement Award winners
     Winners by year:
                              2013   2012   2011

2010  2009  2008  2007  2006
2005  2004  2003  2002  2001
2000  1999  1998  1997  1996
1995  1994  1993  1992  1991
1990  1989  1988     

Awards overview
Judging guidelines

2014 entry forms
2013 entry forms

2012 entry forms
2011 entry forms
ILDA Award trophy photos (Members only)


   The Laserist magazine