Zhaga Consortium signs liaison agreement with Global Lighting Association

June 17, 2013
Date Announced: 17 Jun 2013 The Zhaga Consortium has signed a liaison agreement with the Global Lighting Association (GLA), a grouping of national and regional lighting associations that together represent over 5,000 lighting manufacturers and US$50 billion in annual sales.The Zhaga Consortium is an international group of companies that is developing interface specifications for LED light sources. These enable LED luminaire manufacturers to interchange LED light sources from different suppliers. Zhaga and the Global Lighting Association believe that the global lighting industry – and users of the lighting industry’s products – will benefit in a number of ways from the availability of interchangeable LED light engines. These benefits include a wider choice of suppliers of compatible components, lower R&D costs for luminaire makers, and reduced risk concerning the availability of replacement parts."The lighting industry operates on a global scale, and the specifications being developed by Zhaga are for global use," says Menno Treffers, secretary-general of the Zhaga Consortium. "It is very important for Zhaga to be able to share the results of its work throughout the international lighting community, and the liaison with GLA provides a clear route to achieve this goal."The two parties will cooperate to make the lighting industry aware of the advantages and benefits offered by interchangeable LED light sources. As part of the agreement, Zhaga will provide GLA with regular updates on the activities and progress made by Zhaga. In turn, GLA will pass this information to its members and offer feedback to Zhaga. Zhaga’s liaison agreementsAs a cooperation of commercial companies from throughout the global lighting industry, Zhaga shares a number of common goals with other industry groups, trade organizations, standards-development organizations (SDOs) and government agencies.Zhaga’s liaison program enables coordination with other organizations in the lighting industry, allowing the liaison partners to have a closer understanding of each other’s respective work programs. This helps to avoid duplication, keeps members informed of important developments, and enables the promotion of shared goals. In addition to partnering with the GLA, the Zhaga Consortium has signed liaison arrangements with several industry groups including the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a non-profit research institute based in Taiwan, and the Istanbul-based Turkish Lighting Luminaires Manufacturers Association (AGID). For more information, see www.zhagastandard.org/about-us/liaisons.

Tim Whitaker Marketing Communications Director, Zhaga Consortium Tel. +44 (0)7825 216 329 Anne Vick, Communications Manager Global Lighting Association Secretariat Tel. +32 (0)2 706 8606 Email: [email protected] Web: www.globallightingassociation.org

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