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NEMA Launches ANSI-accredited Lighting Systems Committee.

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August 27, 2014 - Having received approval from ANSI Executive Standards Council as Accredited Standards Committee (ASC), ASC 137 Lighting Systems Committee is allowed to write American National Standards within its scope. This entails development of standards and specifications for indoor and outdoor lighting systems installed in an application with consideration of human health and comfort, personal security, physical environment, energy consumption, and daylight integration.

NEMA Launches New ANSI-accredited Lighting Systems Committee

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
1300 N. 17th St., Suite 1847-T
Rosslyn, VA, 22209

Press release date: August 25, 2014

ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces the launch of ASC 137 Lighting Systems Committee. This committee has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Executive Standards Council as an Accredited Standards Committee (ASC). This approval is the culmination of a multi-month process and will allow the committee to write American National Standards within its scope.

According to NEMA President and CEO Kevin Cosgriff, the launch of this committee puts NEMA at the forefront of efforts for development of codes and standards for lighting systems technologies. ASC 137 will develop and approve standards under its defined scope:

To develop standards and specifications for indoor and outdoor lighting systems installed in an application with consideration of human health and comfort, personal security, the physical environment, energy consumption and daylight integration. Such a system includes components (e.g., luminaires, sensors/controllers, and windows or skylights) and associated software designed to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality, and that may be interconnected to provide control, monitoring functions, and interface with related systems.

“Standardization for compatibility, interoperability, performance, and system security are crucial to accelerating the adoption of lighting systems,” Cosgriff said.

NEMA Technical Director Megan Hayes added that development of American National Standards, via the consensus-based process approved by ANSI, will allow all stakeholders to have input into the standards being developed. This will lead to faster adoption of these critical specifications.

Contact Megan Hayes at to learn more about or to join this committee.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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