I would agree there needs to be better definition of localised lighting.
It can mean a desk light, free standing lamp near the task or even a luminaire on the ceiling over a task area.
Predetermined task positions mean localised lighting can be incorporated into the main design, specific tasks can be lit by workspace lighting units (free desk lamps or built in desk lights) or flexible free standing lighting units.
Whatever the definitions are there will be plenty of discussions and changes made but the lighting principles will be the same.
'Lighting designed to illuminate a functionally defined area with higher illuminance at certain specified positions, for instance those at which work is carried out.’ This is surely one of the most clunky descriptions of an exciting inovation that you are ever likely to hear. To be fair to the CIE, it’s never been a boundary smashing organisation, it instead tends to move at a grandfatherly pace towards the development of a comfortingly bland definition of whatever new ground has been broken. In a few years’ time the CIE is going to need a whole new definition of ‘localised lighting’. A horribly wasteful way of lighting It has been a design norm when dealing with an office space to always provide a working illuminance across the entire floorplate with a draconian uniformity of 0.7