News: Lighting Options for Your Home: Transition to Energy-Efficient
Lighting and 5 L's of Lighting
- Energy Efficiency
- Meetings & Events
- Market Economics
- Industry Advocacy & Programs
NEMA's Lighting Systems Division contains the product sections
noted to the left. Please click on the product to view the related
standards, documents, news, and more.
The Division provides the organizational framework for
manufacturers of lighting equipment to work together on projects
that impact their industry and their businesses.
To view a Lighting Division brochure highlighting activities and
programs, click here.
One of the major outcomes of this cooperative effort is the
establishment of technical standards and codes. Related issues,
such as product compatibility, conformity assessment and safety,
are also addressed. Legislative and regulatory matters also are
dealt with on an industry-wide basis. The collective industry voice
through NEMA speaks with more authority than any one company could.
Collecting and disseminating statistical information is a third
industry-wide project which provides new tools and resources for
Supported by the expertise of Lighting Systems Division members,
NEMA is secretariat for the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) lighting standards program for C78 (Lamps), C79 (Bulbs), C81
(Lamp Bases and Holders), and C82 (Ballasts).
NEMA is also the secretariat for the CANENA Lighting Technical
Harmonization Committee (THC34) which is working on North American
standards for lamps, ballasts, and fixtures. Several U.S.-Canada
bi-national standards projects are also underway.
Internationally, NEMA members provide leadership in the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee
34 on ballasts, lamps, luminaires, and controls. The Lighting
Systems Division is active in the International Commission on
Illumination (CIE) work on the art and science of lighting.
Division representatives are also involved in and review technical
work of other organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories, CSA,
ASTM, IEEE, NECA, IESNA, NAED.
NEMA’s members are in the energy efficiency business. As such, NEMA
has exercised influence and played a key role in the legislative
and regulatory arenas for many years. The Division is:
- Advising the Department of Energy (DOE) and executive agencies on
lighting research and market transformation needs
- Participating in the climate change discussions with the
Administration and Congress
- Monitoring energy-efficiency rulemakings and standards affecting
lighting products by DOE and states
- Promoting the national voluntary luminaire rating and information
program under the National Lighting Collaborative
- Supporting adoption of new ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 lighting provisions
- Advising the DOE Federal Energy Management Program on energy
efficient lighting recommendations
- Coordinating with the DOE and Environmental Protection Agency on
Energy Star Buildings and Energy Star voluntary product labeling
- Advocating market-based approaches to enhance the use and
penetration of energy-efficient technologies
Members of the Lighting Systems Division believe that
environmentally sound policies and intelligent manufacturing go
hand in hand. Key division priorities in the environment include:
- Addressing fluorescent lamp disposal issues and legislation in
- Promotion of proper management of spent lamps.
Through NEMA, member companies are able to develop and implement
tailored, industry-specific market and statistical programs that
benefit participating companies. Reports include:
- Product Orders and Sales
- Market Forecasting
- Shipments by Trading Areas
- Channels of Distribution
- Financial and Operating Ratios
- Wages and Benefits
- Foreign Trade
The association also conducts economic analyses on the impact of
legislation and regulations on member products, and monitors and
reports on key industry market indicators. All programs comply with
NEMA statistical confidentiality policies.
Industry Advocacy & Programs
The Division is a sponsor and supporter of several activities