Over the last year the demand for NEMA lighting controllers in India has really picked up. We at Inaluz India have been manufacturing and shipping NEMA compliant lighting controllers for a few years now, mostly to our clients in the USA and Europe. So, we are more than happy to see demand for these specific lighting controllers picking up in India. However, the awareness level and understanding around the NEMA lighting controllers in India is still vague, and in this post, we try to clear some of that.
NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) is an American body, that publishes electrical standards relevant to a wide spectrum of market segments. These range from building systems to lighting systems and many more. In India, we have equivalent systems to some of those ourselves, however there are many segments where there are no Indian standards.
One among the segments where we don’t have any Indian standards is certain types of lighting systems. More specifically street lighting systems. Given the push for smart cities and smart street lighting systems in India, it is perhaps best to adopt an existing standard that is tried and tested elsewhere. This tried and tested standard happens to be the standard ANSI C136.41-2013.
The ANSI C136.41-2013 is a standard that – “Describes methods of light level control between an external locking type photocontrol (or similar device) and a dimmable ballast or driver for street and area lighting equipment. Mechanical, electrical, and marking requirements are established for dimming, locking type photocontrols and mating receptacles.”
NEMA adopted this standard and published it in early 2014, and since then it has become the default standard for street lighting controllers in the USA. In India, the lighting controllers based on the ANSI C136.41-2013 are generally referred to as the NEMA Lighting controllers.
The ANSI C136.41-2013 standard has evolved over the years in the USA and is part of a much larger set of standards all related to street lighting. However, in India NEMA lighting controllers are a new concept altogether and the number of Indian manufacturers or lighting OEMs that have successfully adopted this format is relatively small.
We at Inaluz have however mastered this standard and we currently have a complete array of products based on different communication technologies and feature set for the different requirements that are emerging based on this standard.