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NEMA publishes 2 papers on effects of EPAct 2005.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 16, 2008 - NEMA has published LSD 37-2008 Effects of EPAct 2005 on Mercury Vapor Lamp Ballasts and Lighting Systems: Frequently Asked Questions, a summary of the implications of the EPAct of 2005 on the availability of mercury vapor lamp ballasts. It also published LSD 43-2008 Luminaire Ballast Disconnects, a brief discussion of recent U.S. and Canadian electrical code changes requiring disconnects between certain luminaires and ballasts as well as effects to industry as a result of this change.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Lighting Systems Publishes Papers on Effects of EPAct 2005 on Mercury Vapor Lamp Ballasts and Luminaire Ballast Disconnects

Press release date: Apr 08, 2008

ROSSLYN, Va. - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Lighting Systems Division has published two papers that address lighting issues.

LSD 37-2008 Effects of EPAct 2005 on Mercury Vapor Lamp Ballasts and Lighting Systems: Frequently Asked Questions is a summary of the implications of the EPAct of 2005 on the availability of mercury vapor (MV) lamp ballasts. As of January 1, 2008, MV lamp ballasts are no longer manufactured or imported for sale in the United States. Existing inventories may be sold, but no more will be available after depletion of existing stock.

LSD 43-2008 Luminaire Ballast Disconnects is a brief discussion of recent U.S. and Canadian electrical code changes requiring disconnects between certain luminaires and ballasts as well as the effects to industry as a result of this change.

LSD 37-2008 Effects of EPAct 2005 on Mercury Vapor Lamp Ballasts and Lighting Systems: Frequently Asked Questions may be downloaded at no charge by visiting NEMA's website www.nema.org/stds/whitepapers/LSD37.cfm. LSD 43-2008 Luminaire Ballast Disconnects may be downloaded at no charge by visiting NEMA's website http://www.nema.org/stds/whitepapers/LSD43.cfm.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, São Paulo, and Mexico City.