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Solid State Lighting


The Solid State Lighting Section encompasses products and technologies including but not limited to the following:

  • Semiconductor Light Sources - Lighting Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Laser Diodes, Organic LEDs, and any other semiconductor light source. It will be generally understood that “semiconductor light source” refers to lighting devices that utilize semiconductors as a light source and not necessarily the semiconductor itself.

Working jointly with other NEMA Sections, the SSL Section will also cover in its Product Scope those aspects of the following which pertain to the unique requirements of Solid State Lighting Devices:

  • Fixtures
  • Luminaires and associated hardware
  • Power supplies
  • Mechanical and electronic controls
  • Software for operation or control

The member companies in the Solid State Lighting Section are committed to providing high quality, energy efficient, and safe lighting products to the public and works to ensure that the interests of the lighting consumer and lighting industry are addressed in technical, government affairs, and market activities in NEMA.

Technical Activities

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.

Government Affairs

Through NEMA, the 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.


Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.

NEMA operates on a fee-for-service basis. Each product section establishes its projects and activities and approves an annual operating budget. A fee is then established using an annual average of net domestic sales of products within the NEMA scope. The section has a tiered dues structure to assist small manufacturers.

Partnering Organization - The Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA)

The Alliance, administered by NEMA, was formed to foster government-industry partnership to accelerate the technical foundation, and ultimate commercialization, of solid state lighting systems. The Alliance works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Solid State Lighting program: http://www.netl.doe.gov/ssl/

For information on the Alliance, go to www.nglia.org or contact Craig Updyke at nglia@nema.org.


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