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NEMA publishes standard for HID lamps.

Press Release Summary:

Aug 29, 2007 - On behalf of American National Standard Lighting Group, NEMA has published ANSI_ANSLG C78.380-2007 standard, which describes system for designation of high-intensity discharge lamps, including compact, enclosed-arc discharge light sources such as mercury, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium lamps. Standard also includes proposed addendum to use National Electric Code® as normative annex to assign physical codes for lamp and luminaire attributes.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Publishes ANSI_ANSLG C78.380-2007 American National Standard for Electric Lamps- High-Intensity Discharge Lamps, Method of Designation

Press release date: Aug 21, 2007

ROSSLYN, Va.-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), on behalf of the American National Standard Lighting Group (ANSLG), has published ANSI_ANSLG C78.380-2007 American National Standard for Electric Lamps-High-Intensity Discharge Lamps, Method of Designation. This is a proposed revision of ANSI C78.380-2005.

This standard describes a system for the designation of high-intensity discharge lamps, including compact, enclosed-arc discharge light sources such as mercury, metal halide, high-pressure sodium, and similar types of lamps. For convenience, low-pressure sodium lamps are included, although technically they are not high-intensity discharge lamps.

ANSI_ANSLG C78.380-2007 incorporates two significant changes. The first is a proposed addendum to use the National Electric Code® as a normative annex to assign physical codes for lamp and luminaire attributes. The second involves the administration of the lamp designation program.

ANSI_ANSLG C78.380-2007 may be downloaded at no charge, or a hardcopy purchased for $60.00 by visiting NEMA's website at nema.org/stds/c78-380.cfm#download or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), or 303-397-2740 (fax).

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, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.