Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LSD 54-2010, "The Strengths and Potentials of Metal Halide Lighting Systems." This new white paper, developed by the NEMA Lamp Section, reviews the beneficial characteristics of metal halide high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting, including high energy efficiency and viability in outdoor and other lighting applications. The paper argues for the inclusion of HID lamps in Energy Star requirements and for allocations of federal funding to help propel further research and development.

As described in LSD 54, other benefits of metal halide lighting include long lifetime, high maintained light levels, and the broadest ambient operating temperature range of any light source. In light of the attention given to solid state lighting, the section produced this paper to remind stakeholders that HID lighting remains an excellent choice for many lighting solutions.

"Continued breakthroughs in technology make metal halide a fantastic option for specifiers and consumers," says Pamela Horner, chair of the Lamp Section. "These lamps are now one of the most energy-efficient white light sources available on the market, and LSD 54 makes the case for increased use of and investment in this technology."

LSD 54 may be downloaded at no charge by visiting the NEMA Web site.

This publication joins around 40 other white papers in the NEMA LSD series, which covers a range of lighting topics. Other parts of the series cover subjects like ballast disconnects, occupancy sensors, and photoluminescent exit signage. To view a comprehensive list of NEMA LSD white papers, go to the NEMA Web site.