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NEMA Publishes Two Solid-State Lighting Standards

Two new solid-state lighting standards have been released by NEMA, covering LED drivers and dimming of incandescent-replacement LED lamps, both directed toward designers, manufacturers and users of SSL products. They are:

  • NEMA SSL 1-2010: Electronic Drivers for LED Devices, Arrays, or Systems
  • NEMA SSL 6-2010: Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement—Dimming
  • Other related NEMA standards and white papers include:
  • SSL 3-2010: High-Power White LED Binning for General Illumination
  • LSD 44-2009: Solid State Lighting – The Need for a New Generation of Sockets and Interconnects
  • LSD 45-2009: Recommendations for Solid State Lighting Sub-Assembly Interfaces for Luminaires
  • LSD 49-2010: Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement – Best Practices for Dimming
  • LSD 51-2009: Solid State Lighting – Definitions for Functional and Decorative Applications

In addition, NEMA has unveiled “The 5 Ls of Lighting: The Consumer’s Guide to Choosing Energy-Efficient Lighting.” This educational guide to the transition to more energy-efficient lighting can be downloaded at