Lighting Standards Keep Up with a Changing Industry

Lighting Standards Keep Up with a Changing Industry

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry.

Karen Willis, Senior Lighting Program Manager, NEMA 

ASC C136 Develops New Standards for Changing Industry

As the outdoor lighting industry continues its rapid acceptance of light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires, utilities, municipalities, and other end users see enormous potential. New technologies have expanded the use capabilities from distinct on/off schedules to dimming abilities, remote control of lighting, and adaptive street lighting for specific conditions and events.

In anticipation of the flexible options that LED technology allows, the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) C136 Roadway and Area Lighting drafted two new standards to measure and report the energy consumed at each outdoor luminaire. The proposed standards, tentatively titled Revenue Grade Energy Measurement within a Locking Type Control Device and LED Drivers with Integral Energy Measurement Means will address a growing need in the industry: minimum acceptable performance criteria for energy measurement in each luminaire.

Additional proposed standards under development by ASC C136 include the following:

  • 42 American National Standard for Roadway and Area LightingSSL Cobra Head Retrofit Mechanical and Electrical Interchangeability
  • 48 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting—Remote Monitoring and Controls
  • 54 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting—Occupancy Detectors, Motion Sensors and Vacancy Detectors for Area Lighting

ASC C136 is open to all materially affected and interested parties. To achieve and maintain balance, it actively seeks additional members in the user and general interest categories. If interested, contact Karen Willis.

ASC C137 to Publish First Standard this Year

Since 2014, NEMA Lighting Systems Division member companies have recognized the need to address lighting industry standards from a systems perspective. ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) C137 Lighting Systems was formed in 2015. The committee initiated the ANSI process (notifying the industry of the intent to develop a standard) in 2016 for four documents and expects to publish its first standard in 2017.

The ANSI ASC C137 has 43 voting organizations with more than 100 members. Current projects include:

  • a zero to 10 V dimming interface for LED drivers, fluorescent ballasts, and controls standard;
  • minimum requirements for installation of energy efficient power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting systems standard;
  • security for parking lot lighting systems standard;
  • energy measurement data use case development;
  • minimum compatibility requirements for parking lot lighting systems;
  • a terms and definitions document; and
  • a lighting systems data model review.

ASC C137 is an active committee that meets quarterly across the United States, usually at member facilities. The committee actively seeks members in the underrepresented general interest and user categories. If interested, contact Karen Willis.

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