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NEMA publishes standard for double-ended metal halide lamps.

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Dec 03, 2008 - On behalf of the ANSLG, NEMA has published ANSI/ANSLG C78.44-2008, American National Standard for Electric Lamps-Double-Ended Metal Halide Lamps. A proposed revision/consolidation of ANSI C78.1385-1998, .1386-1998, .1387-1998, and ANSLG SR92-2002, it specifies physical and electrical requirements for lamps operated on 60 Hz ballasts and requirements for ballasts, ignitors, and luminaries. Document includes lamps with arc tubes of quartz or ceramic material and consists of 3 parts and an annex.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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NEMA Publishes ANSI/ANSLG C78.44-2008, American National Standard for Electric Lamps-Double-Ended Metal Halide Lamps

Press release date: Nov 05, 2008

ROSSLYN, Va., November 5, 2008 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), on behalf of the American National Standard Lighting Group (ANSLG), has published ANSI/ANSLG C78.44-2008 American National Standard for Electric Lamps-Double-Ended Metal Halide Lamps.

This standard is a proposed revision and consolidation of ANSI C78.1385-1998, .1386-1998, .1387-1998, and ANSLG SR92-2002. It sets forth the physical and electrical requirements for double-ended metal halide lamps operated on 60 Hz ballasts to ensure interchangeability and safety. The data given also provides the basis for the electrical requirements for ballasts and ignitors, as well as the lamp-related requirements for luminaires. This standard includes lamps whose arc tubes are made of quartz or ceramic materials. Luminous flux and lamp color are not part of this standard.

ANSI/ANSLG C78.44-2008 has three parts and an annex: Part I covers general requirements and information. Part II contains the lamp drawings of each lamp size. Part III contains the individual lamp double-end data sheets that provide the specific lamp, ballast, and luminaire requirements of the standardized double-ended metal halide lamp type. Annex A contains the design and dimensions of luminaire simulators needed to measure double-ended metal halide lamps.

ANSI/ANSLG C78.44 may be downloaded at no cost, or a hardcopy purchased for $150.00 by visiting NEMA's website at www.nema.org/stds/c78-44.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax).

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