NEMA Labels for Utility LED Fixtures
Article Courtesy of Robin Johnson – Sales Director – Lighting Solutions
ANSI C136.15-2020 Standards Change
Unless you are still wet behind the ears, you’ve grown accustomed to the yellow, red, and blue labels that tell us the HID Source and wattage on fixtures. We could tell from the ground what lamp wattage and source was needed without having to go up the pole. It was simple and there have been few changes over the last 40 years.
LED labels started as a white label with black text providing the actual wattage of the LED fixture. Later the label was rounded to the nearest 10 (i.e., a 73-watt LED has a label for 70 watts and a 95-watt LED has a label for 100 watts).
The labels are changing again, and you may start seeing these in your shipments. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and NEMA (National Electric Manufacturers Association) allow manufacturers to phase these in as they use up label stock.
What does the new label look like?
Per the ANSI C136.15 Luminaire Field Identification, it will add the color temperature and the lumen output. This helps us to recognize the changes in color temperature and lumen output that have been prevalent with LED upgrades. The wattage will continue to be rounded to the nearest 10 and lumens to the nearest 1000.
Just want to keep you in the know about industry changes! If you have any questions, please contact your Gresco Lighting Specialist.