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NEMA Publishes Two Roadway And Area Lighting Equipment Standards
June 10, 2009

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published two new roadway and area lighting equipment standards, ANSI C136.25-2009 Ingress Protection (Resistance to Dust, Solid Objects, and Moisture) for Luminaire Enclosures and ANSI C136.35-2009 Luminaire Electrical Ancillary Devices (LEAD).

ANSI C136.25-2009 provides guidance for protecting luminaires from ingress based on the anticipated environment and explains how to describe the enclosure’s degree of protection. The standard also includes suggested ratings for ANSI C136 equipment.

ANSI C136.35-2009 presents information on the electrical and mechanical interchangeability of electrical devices mounted on or in luminaires, brackets, or remotely mounted on the support structure of the luminaire and that may draw power from the luminaire.

“These two additions to the ANSI C136 series meet important needs for utilities and area lighting planners looking to protect lighting systems from the environment or effectively use ancillary devices,” said Becky Rainer, chair of the Roadway and Area Lighting Committee that produced the standard.

The contents and scope of C136.25 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $48, by visiting http://www.nema.org/stds/C136-25.cfm. The contents and scope of C136.35 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $36, by visiting http://www.nema.org/stds/C136-35.cfm.  Both may also be purchased by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or global.ihs.com.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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