4.5% decline marks first drop in past two years

Rossyln, Va.-based NEMA recently announced that its Lighting Systems Index declined 4.5% during the fourth quarter of 2005. This marks the lowest reading for the index since the first quarter of 2004.

Of the five industry segments found in the index, emergency lighting, luminaire, and ballast recorded declines during the quarter, more than offsetting the gains for miniature and large lamps.