The solid-state lighting industry is in flux: the National Electrical Manufacturers Association has embraced new lighting solutions using LEDs, while the US Congress is being asked to fund further development, writes Kathryn Conway of LED Consulting.
The recent formation of a Solid State Lighting Section signals the start of a dynamic era for the Lighting Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association
(NEMA).The launch of this industry group is timely because the United States Congress
will soon deliberate whether or not to include support for solid-state lighting research in its pending energy bill and appropriations.
The need for a new NEMA section was first discussed in April, when 24 manufacturers and an additional 10 participants from government, academia and consulting firms convened at NEMA's headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia.Although LEDs are a relatively new light source, and as yet undefined as a lighting product category, all present easily came to a consensus on the benefits of working together to advocate advances in technology, applications and standards through a well-established entity.
...Kathryn M Conway is principal of LED Consulting, Nassau, NY.
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