Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NEMA Publishes ANSI/NEMA FL 1-2009 Flashlight Basic Performance Standard

(ROSSLYN, Va.)—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI/NEMA FL 1-2009 Flashlight Basic Performance Standard. It is the first flashlight standard worldwide and introduces definitions and testing methods for flashlight basic performance as well as associated marking. It focuses on directional lighting, not lanterns or area lighting.

ANSI/NEMA FL 1 introduces a uniform way of defining, measuring, and marking basic flashlight performance. The clearly defined test methods and marking rules will help retailers and consumers gain a clearer understanding of the performance provided by a given product. The information will be useful to consumers across a variety of industries and interests, including firefighters, paramedics, police, military, security, outdoor sports and activities, agriculture, and mining. The standard includes an Adobe Illustrator file with icons optional for manufacturers’ use on packaging.

“ANSI/NEMA FL 1 is a breakthrough standard for manufacturers and users of flashlights,” said Peter Nario-Redmond of the Flashlight Standards Committee. “With the inclusion of guidelines for the proper use and styling of the voluntary icons, manufacturers will have the tools to simplify the flashlight purchasing process, making it easy to compare product performance.”

The contents and scope of FL 1 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $60, by visiting, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

Press/Public Relations Contacts:
NEMA Communications Department
Phone: 703-841-3222

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