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NEMA Premium Lighting Programs


NEMA Premium Fluorescent Ballast Program

The NEMA Premium Electronic Ballast Program provides the method for identifying the most efficient T8 fluorescent ballasts available in the market and identifies models that are consistent with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) specifications for high performance lamps and ballasts, tested in accordance with ANSI C82 Standards. Products eligible to participate in the new NEMA Premium Electronic Ballast Program include either instant-start or programmed rapid-start electronic ballasts designed for use with four-foot 32 Watt T8 fluorescent lamps. Products qualifying for this program bear a special mark that will help lighting professionals and end users to recognize the market’s highest performing electronic ballast products available and will help support energy efficient objectives.

This program not only promotes a more energy efficient environment, but also assists lighting professionals and end users in recognizing the highest performing ballasts products on the market. NEMA anticipates that the NEMA Premium Electronic Ballast Program, by making high efficiency ballasts readily identifiable, will help alleviate market and supply-chain barriers that inhibit higher penetration of energy efficient ballasts nationwide.

NEMA Premium Exit Sign Program

The NEMA Premium Exit Sign Program provides the method for identifying efficient and effective models that are consistent with NEMA performance standards and tested in accordance with applicable UL and CSA Standards. Participating products eligible for the NEMA Premium Exit Sign Program are those which illuminate an integral legally required legend that meet NEMA’s more stringent ‘EM-1 Standard for Premium Exit Signs’. These signs are for installation in accordance with the National Electrical Code (ANSI/NFPA 70) and the Life Safety Code (ANSI/NFPA 101), including exit signs intended for use near the floor. Qualified products of this program bear a special mark that will help lighting professionals and end users recognize the market’s highest performing Exit Signage products available and will help support energy efficient objectives.

This program not only promotes a more energy efficient environment, but also assists lighting professionals and end users in recognizing the highest performing, safest, internally lit Exit Signage products on the market.

For more information contact:

Megan Hayes, Lighting Systems Division, Technical Program Manager.