Electrical Business

News
NEMA joins others in Global Lighting Forum initiative for LED technology


October 19, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has joined other world lighting players in the Global Lighting Forum (GLF)—an initiative to coordinate and promote LED (light emitting diode) technology on a global level.

GLF held the inaugural meeting of its LED Working Group recently in
Shenzhen, China. According to GLF chair, Jan Denneman, LEDs hold great
promise to revolutionize lighting because of their inherent benefits of
energy efficiency, light quality, longevity and adaptability.

“LEDs will play a dominant role in nearly every lighting application,”
Denneman said. “The world will witness a revolution in lighting that
will help reduce energy consumption while enabling the development of
new lighting experiences.”

To ensure the smooth introduction of LEDs, GLF has instituted working
groups and other processes dedicated to the technology. GLF priorities
include:

• Liaising with stakeholders, including governments and international
organizations, to ensure that LED products provide consumers with a good
experience.
• Assisting with international standards development and encouraging the
harmonization of standards in different regions of the world.
• Producing educational material on solid state lighting, including the
development of best practice guides and a guide to solid state lighting
nomenclature.

GLF is an international forum of industry organizations representing
more than 5000 lighting manufacturers and $50 billion annual sales. It
includes Abilux (Brazil); China Association of Lighting Industry;
Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers Association (India); European
Lamp Companies Federation; Japan Electric Lamp Manufacturers
Association; Japan Luminaires Association; Lighting Council Australia;
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (USA); Taiwan Lighting
Fixture Export Association; and CELMA (a Europe federation representing
19 national manufacturer associations for luminaires and
electrotechnical components for luminaires), an observing member.