NEMA Announces Global Lighting Forum Initiative for LED Technology

November 03, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a member of the Global Lighting Forum (GLF), has announced an initiative to coordinate and promote LED (light emitting diode) technology on a global level. In order to accelerate the uptake of LED lighting, GLF held the inaugural meeting of its LED Working Group recently in Shenzhen, China.

According to GLF Chairman 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."

In order 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; and producing educational material on solid state lighting, including the development of best practice guides and a guide to solid state lighting nomenclature.