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NEMA Publishes New Performance Requirements for Electric Lamps

03/27/2018 1:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI C78.5-2017 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Specifications for Performance of Self-Ballasted Compact Fluorescent Lamps. Developed by the ANSI Committee for Electric Lamps, this revised standard contains performance requirements for the compliance of self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps up to 60 W.

“ANSI C78.5 is intended for domestic and similar general lighting purposes,” said Mark E. Duffy, Ph.D., manager, Global Industry Standards, Current, powered by GE, and chair of the subcommittee that revised C78.5. “A major change to this standard is harmonization with IEC 60969-2016, which specifies methods and conditions required to show compliance of self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps.”

ANSI C78.5-2017 is available in hard copy or as an electronic download for $56 on the NEMA website. 

NEMA's Lighting Systems Division, as the secretariat of ANSI's ASC C78 for Electric Lamps, is looking for industry experts in the User and General Interest categories to participate in standards development activities. Contact NEMA at nemalighting@nema.org if you are interested. Please indicate your interest category and your area of expertise.


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

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