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NEMA Addresses SSL Dimming Challenges

NEMA Addresses SSL Dimming Challenges

The NEMA Lighting Controls and Solid State Lighting Sections have co-produced a white paper on the subject of dimming screw-base integrated ballast LED lamps. It is designated LSD-49 and is titled "Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement—Best Practices for Dimming". NEMA and the SSL industry hope that by issuing guidance as early as possible on this subject, SSL technology can avoid the pitfalls associated with less than compatible self-ballasted CFL and Dimmer combinations. Read more [...]
Are you ready for the self-service society?

Are you ready for the self-service society?

The IDEA Standards Committee has been addressing a quiet evolution in our industry and unless you are actively involved, their work may have gone unnoticed. Seems we are quickly moving from a full service, to self-service society.  The technology and options to conduct business online have grown exponentially since the early 1990’s.  Whether managing your money at a bank, online shopping for the holidays, paying your utility bills or any other service that you used to stand “inline” Read more [...]
Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Do you want to save 4.48-7.95 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon annually (equivalent to removing approximately between 3-5.4 million automobiles annually)? Do you want to save 25 to 42 Terawatt hours (billion kWh) per year (equivalent to 3 to 6 nuclear power plants or 6 to 10 coal-fired plants)? Do you want to drive innovation and spur technology? If you do, see NEMA’s newly unveiled consensus agreement outdoor lighting standard. Today, Senator Bingaman, Senator Murkowski, Senator Read more [...]
Dishwasher Safe Typing

Dishwasher Safe Typing

NEMA standards make appearances in a number of places—lighting, medical imaging equipment, motors, and many other product categories.  I recently heard about a surprising use of a NEMA standard—a dishwasher safe, waterproof computer keyboard. The company says the products are manufactured to NEMA 4X specifications.  This refers to NEMA 250, Enclosures for Electrical Equipment (1000 Volts Maximum).  I haven't purchased one of the keyboards, so I can't vouch for Read more [...]
Daytime Lamps Not Required

Daytime Lamps Not Required

In this morning's Federal Register you may not have noticed an item having to do with automobile safety. After eight years, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a denial of a petition by General Motors to require all cars in the U.S. under 5 tons to have daytime running lamps. DOT, through its own studies, has not been able to find an appreciable safety benefit from drivers having their headlights on at all times during the day. Apparently, the government feels daytime lamps Read more [...]
The Lesson of Unintended Consequences

The Lesson of Unintended Consequences

Those of you interested in economic policy who are not familiar with Henry Hazlitt's fable of the broken window, now is the time to learn it.  I was reminded of it, and the late, great Hazlitt's wonderful book "Economics in One Lesson," after reading a recent Economist editorial, "Piling On."   The fable, and the Economist editorial, both focus on the law of secondary (or unintended) consequences.  Simply put, any purposeful action will lead Read more [...]
Why a Memorial Day?

Why a Memorial Day?

Memorial Day did not start out as a celebration day, a party day, a shopping day or even a time to thank those who have served or who are serving the Nation. It was meant as a time of remembrance and honor for those who had given the ultimate sacrifice in protecting us while in the service of this country. Originally called Decoration Day, specifically for Northern solders killed during our Civil War, it was later expanded after WW1 to include all men and woman who had made the ultimate sacrifice Read more [...]
Home Energy Use – Energy Star Retreating Now?

Home Energy Use – Energy Star Retreating Now?

Now that we have entered May, the thermometers are starting to trend upward. In some regions of the country the cooling season has already started while in more northerly climes the heating season is drawing to a close. At the same time, on Capitol Hill the debate is raging on what measures to take to decrease U.S. energy usage and increase U.S. energy efficiency in the face of climate change. It is remarkable and unfortunate that the Environmental Protection Agency Read more [...]
The American Public and Capitalism

The American Public and Capitalism

American business may be in more trouble than it presently thinks. I'm not talking about the economic collapse, which has manufacturers and other businesses on edge, wondering when we'll see a light at the end of the tunnel. And I'm not talking about the emergence of an activist Congress, whose leaders are talking about such bogeys as higher corporate tax rates, elimination of secret union ballots, and a cap and trade system that may add substantially to the cost of to Read more [...]
Misinformation at a California Conference

Misinformation at a California Conference

This week I flew to the West Coast to make a presentation on behalf of several NEMA sections at a solid waste management industry conference.  The morning after my arrival, I took the opportunity to stroll the conference exhibit hall, where a number of waste industry product and service providers were manning display booths, handing out literature, and chatting with colleagues and potential clients.  I was unfamiliar with most companies in the hall, but recognized one Read more [...]