The purpose of the Lighting Controls Section of the NEMA Lighting Division is to promote the benefits of the application of lighting controls, monitor and communicate about issues affecting lighting controls and the lighting systems they serve, provide a forum for manufacturers of lighting controls, lighting control systems and lighting equipment to address lighting control systems issues of mutual concern, and resolve technical, market, and application issues for products within the Lighting Controls Section scope.
The Lighting Controls Section scope includes devices, techniques, and protocols used for the control of lighting.
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Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international commerce. Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the purchaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.
NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. NEMA standards are offered and recommended to become American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute, usually under the canvass method. This decision rests with the particular subdivision or subdivisions concerned. NEMA standards are also often submitted for consideration as IEC Standards components or references. It is the intent of the association to continue its support of these, and many more, activities as the best method to continue providing sound and safe electrical products for the use of all.
The development of lighting control product standards falls under the auspices of the NEMA Wiring Device Section. However, the Lighting Controls Section members discuss and have technically-related activities in support of promoting the use and application of lighting control technologies.
Key technical activities include:
- NEMA Guide to Lighting Controls
- Ballast Dimming Protocol Standardization – ECHEON, BACNET, DALI, ESI AddressPro, ESTA, etc.
- Ballast In-Rush and Lighting Control Compatibility Issues
- Daylight Sensor/Photocell test procedures
- Monitoring developments in the National Electrical Code impacting controls
- Occupancy sensor test standards
The Section supports the work of the Lighting Controls Association (LCA) in promoting the benefits of controls and fluorescent dimming technology. NEMA serves as the administrator of the LCA.
Through NEMA, the Lighting Controls Section develops industry positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives that may affect member products, markets, and customers. NEMA's work has resulted in contributions to public policy development and in promoting competitiveness, technological progress, and public safety. On the Government Affairs homepage members can search for and e-mail federal representatives to convey opinions regarding energy policy or other issues related to the electroindustry.
NEMA Government Affairs provides specific services to its members and information in the areas of Environment, Health & Safety; Energy; and International Trade & Commerce.
Key governmental activities include:
- Supporting the adoption of ASHRAE 90.1-1999 by the Department of Energy and state governments
- Inclusion of lighting control specification in Federal Energy Management
- Program guidelines for federal buildings
- Promoting incentives in state programs for lighting controls
- Advising the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency on Lighting Control technologies in the Energy Star® Buildings Program
- Advocating market-based approaches to enhance the use and penetration of energy-efficiency technologies
- Supporting research into occupant satisfaction, productivity, and lighting control use
Membership in the Section is open to any NEMA member company that manufactures lighting control products and/or products used in lighting systems. NEMA operates on a fee-for-service basis. The Section establishes its projects and activities and approves an annual operating budget. Dues are divided equally among the members of the Section.