Shipments of Lighting Equipment Surge In First Quarter of 2006

ROSSLYN, Va., May 10, 2006, The NEMA Lighting Systems Index increased 7.2 percent
during the first quarter of 2006, climbing to its highest reading in nearly six years.
The topline index was supported by strong gains in domestic shipments of emergency lighting, fixtures, and fluorescent ballasts. By contrast, large and miniature lamps posted modest declines in shipments compared to the prior quarter.

Evidence suggests shipments of lighting equipment will continue to expand. However, the underlying demand drivers for lighting equipment, namely residential and nonresidential construction, will begin to move in opposite directions going forward.

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The NEMA Lighting Systems Index is a composite measure of NEMA member companies. U.S. shipments of a variety of lighting products, including lamps, luminaires, ballasts, emergency lighting, and exit signs, and is designed to track underlying demand for these types of equipment. Product shipments data are drawn from statistical surveys conducted regularly by NEMA and are adjusted for inflation and regularly recurring seasonal fluctuations.

NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion.

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