NEMA and ASSIST focus on solid-state lighting adoption

July 19, 2005
Industry organizations like ASSIST and NEMA's solid-state lighting section fulfill an essential role as solid-state lighting technology moves towards the marketplace. LEDs Magazine spoke with Chips Chipalkatti from Osram Sylvania about the activities of these groups.
Joule LED lighting system Although LEDs have successfully penetrated a number of markets, notably the mobile-phone and automotive industries, there is still a way to go before solid-state technology is widely adopted in the global-lighting industry. An essential aspect of this is the role of industry organizations, of which there are several in the US.

The National Electronic Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has a dedicated solid-state lighting (SSL) section in which participants are involved in developing SSL infrastructure. Operating at a different level is the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), which is run by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

LEDs Magazine spoke with Chips Chipalkatti, head of corporate innovation management at Osram Sylvania, who is chairman of NEMA's SSL section and is also closely involved in ASSIST.

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