Lighting-equipment demand fell 4.7% between the second and third quarters of 2016, according to data developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) for its Lighting-Systems Index (LSI), a seasonality- and inflation-adjusted composite measure of luminaires, ballasts, miniature lamps, large lamps, and emergency lighting shipped throughout the United States by NEMA members. NEMA used 2002 data to create the LSI’s 100-point benchmark.

According to Laurie M. Miller, NEMA’s director of statistical operations, the year-over-year LSI decline was even more dramatic: Third-quarter 2016 demand was 9.7% less than third-quarter 2015 demand. Demand fell for all monitored equipment: luminaires, ballasts, miniature lamps, large lamps, and emergency lighting.

National Lighting Bureau (NLB) Executive Director John Bachner commented, “The lighting market has changed and its rapid evolution shows no sign of let-up. Traditional lighting is being replaced by new technology, LED-based [light-emitting-diode-based] products in particular. For example, between the second and third quarters of 2016, halogen-lamp shipments fell 7.5%, compact-fluorescent-lamp (CFL) shipments fell 12.8%, and incandescent-lamp shipments fell 17.2%. By contrast, during the same period, LED A-line lamps shipments posted a 124.2% increase. The falling prices of many LED products make the lighting source’s energy efficiency, versatility, adaptability, and longevity even more attractive. In short, the electric-illumination industry is changing. I suspect that the metrics used to monitor its health will be changing, too.”

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A.L.P. Lighting Components, Inc.;
ATG Electronics;
Current, Powered by GE;
Forest Lighting;
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES);
Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company;
interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO);
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW);
Lighting Controls Association (LCA);
LumenOptix;
Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.;
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA);
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA);
OSRAM;
U.S. General Services Administration; and
Viscor, Inc.

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