December 19, 2019
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI C78.53-2019
American National Standard for Electric Lamps— Performance Specifications
for Direct Replacement LED (Light Emitting Diode) Lamps. This new Standard describes
the electrical, mechanical, and photometric characteristics of LED lamps that
are direct replacements for existing ANSI Standardized non-LED lamps.
“This important new Standard
identifies key characteristics of direct replacement LED lamps that should be available
to consumers and application specialists. It covers general direct replacement
LED lamps and specific requirements for direct replacement LED lamps used in
tubular fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) ballasted systems,” said
Andrew Jackson, manager, Lighting Test Center Americas Signify North America
Corporation, and chair of the ANSI Electric Lamp Committee. “This Standard
provides information to help manufacturers better select and compare products
for specific applications, limiting confusion about LED direct replacement lamp
performance in existing luminaires and systems.”
The primary audience for this
Standard is manufacturers of LED electric lamps.
C78.53-2019 is available for $79 in hard copy and
electronic download on the NEMA website.
The NEMA Lighting Systems
Division, as the secretariat of ANSI ASC C78, Lamps, is looking for industry
experts specifically in the underrepresented categories of “Users” and “General
Interest” to participate in Standards development activities. Please contact
NEMA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and indicate your interest
category and area of expertise.