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NEMA Publishes Two Standards for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment

03/3/2011 11:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

(ROSSLYN, Va.)—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published two ANSI C136 series standards for roadway and area lighting equipment:

  • ANSI C136.15-2011 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Luminaire Field Identification

  • ANSI C136.36A-2010 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Aluminum Lighting Poles

Both standards were produced by the ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting.

ANSI C136.15, last revised in 2009, provides marking guidance for outdoor luminaires using a variety of light sources. This revision incorporates labeling and marking guidance for solid state, fluorescent, plasma, and induction lighting. The standard is intended to be used by utilities and area lighting planners that install and maintain roadway and area lighting systems.

ANSI C136.36A, a new standard, details construction and performance specifications for aluminum lighting poles as used in roadway and area lighting applications. Other standards in the ANSI C136 series cover similar information for concrete (C136.36B) and steel (C136.36C) poles.

The contents and scope of ANSI C136.15 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $33, by visiting www.nema.org/stds/c136-15.cfm. For ANSI C136.36A, $53, go to www.nema.org/stds/c136-36a.cfm.

Both standards may also be purchased by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or global.ihs.com.

The ANSI C136 series of standards covers a range of topics related to roadway and area lighting, including filament lamps, vertical tenons, and vandal shields. To view a comprehensive list of standards in the ANSI C136 series, go to www.nema.org/stds/C136.cfm.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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