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Industry-drafted Model Outdoor Lighting Legislation Introduced

01/18/2013 5:00PM

Sen. Cynthia Creem of the Massachusetts State Senate has introduced SD 844, which was spearheaded by an industry coalition led by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) to reduce nighttime skyglow and light trespass in Massachusetts while ensuring that customer choice and proper lighting quality is maintained.

In recognizing the importance of this issue, the industry coalition reached out to the International Dark-sky Association (IDA) for its input and support. IDA members in Massachusetts have played a strong role in this issue. Its participation was integral to the introduction of this bill.

SD 844 would take advantage of current lamp and luminaire technology and recognized lighting practices and standards to the maximum extent possible with optimal “total lifecycle costs,” assurance of good visibility, and minimizing energy consumption. In addition, SD 844 would provide the maximum latitude in selecting products and technologies while balancing the needs of energy efficiency, reduced light trespass, safety, and security. Providing latitude in selecting products lets the market determine the best product for the application and ensures that manufacturers are not adversely affected by unnecessary restrictions.

NEMA, IES, and IALD support SD 844 and encourage the Massachusetts legislature to pass the legislation for signature by the governor.


NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Nearly 400 members strong, its companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical  imaging and radiation therapy systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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