This piece was originally published in the March/April 2019 issue of electroindustry.
Michael Erbsfeld, Program Manager–Lighting Systems Standards, NEMA
NEMA is the Secretariat for the American National Standards Lighting Group (ANSLG), composed of three Accredited Standards Committees (ASC): ASC C78 Electric Lamps; ASC C81 Bases, Lampholders, and Gauges; and ASC C82 Electric Ballasts and Drivers. These three ASCs cover lighting technology from incandescent to solid state.
The ANSLG had a dynamic year in 2018. ASC C78 published 13 Standards—a mix of two new Standards, two revisions, and nine reaffirmations. The committee has already published 11 reaffirmations and plans to publish two new Standards in 2019: ANSI C78.53 Performance Specifications for LED Direct Replacement Lamps and ANSI C78.54 Specification Sheets for Tubular Fluorescent Replacement and Retrofit LED Lamps.
ASC C81 spent 2018 drafting revisions to ANSI C81.61-2017 and ANSI C81.62-2017, which cover lamp bases and holders, respectively. These two revisions, to be published in the first half of 2019, will add new base and holder systems for tubular LED (TLED) lamps, including variants for non- grounded and low-voltage TLEDs.
In 2018, ASC C82 began tackling test methods for standby power and dimming energy efficiency for LED drivers. Dimming LED drivers are a critical energy-saving strategy and driver designers, testing houses, and regulators were lacking a measurement technique for energy estimation. The C82 committee has also been drafting a suite of Standards, the C82.77-X series, which covers electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). EMC is becoming much more relevant as the number of connected devices increases exponentially and the potential for electromagnetic interference increases along with it.
The ASCs will continue to be busy and publish more in 2019, including a mix of reaffirmations and revisions, as well as some new Standards, such as a proposed ANSI C82.15, which deals with LED driver robustness.
Participation in the ANSI Lighting activities is open to everyone and does not require NEMA membership. However, an annual working fee is assessed. There are two semi-annual meetings as a committee, but most of the standards work is accomplished by teleconference. NEMA’s Lighting Systems Division, as secretariat of ANSI ASC C78, C81, and C82, is looking for industry experts in the User, Producer, and General Interest categories to participate in standards development activities. Experts in the General Interest and User categories are highly desired to ensure balanced input from the industry and the publication of standards that take into account the unique perspectives of all involved parties.
Contact NEMA at email@example.com if you are interested. Please indicate your interest category and your area of expertise.