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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Roadway Lighting to Laminate Flooring

New York, Dec 29, 2003

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Roadway Lighting
Whether commuting or out for an evening on the town, every nighttime driver depends on consistent and effective street and highway lighting for safety. Standards provide guidelines for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of roadway lighting systems.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) C136 recently published ANSI C136.26-2003, Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment - Trouble-Shooting Guide for High-Pressure Sodium Luminaires, which covers medium and mogul multiple sockets as used in luminaires designed and intended for use in lighting roadways and other areas open to the public. High pressure sodium (HPS) lamps, a member of the high intensity discharge (HID) lamp family, are the most efficient white light source commercially available today, according to many utility operators, and are particularly prevalent in street lighting applications.

Laminate Flooring
With its shine, resistance to wear, and nearly endless decorative options, laminate is a popular choice in home design. Laminate employs a base of several layers of paper impregnated with special resins pressed together under high pressure into a highly wear-resistant composite material. The earliest laminate product was then glued onto a countertop, wall or paneling, for a decorative finish. Application on floors did not occur until technical advances increased the laminate's durability; today’s laminate flooring is at least twenty times stronger than that of countertops.

Laminate is a highly technical product and many imposter goods are available in the marketplace. Consumers can expect certain minimum performance qualities from laminate flooring, maintained by voluntary standards developed by the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). For example, ANSI/NALFA LF 01-2003, Laminate Flooring, Specifications and Test Methods, applies to the performance of laminate flooring. The standard will be useful in guiding manufacturers and educating consumers about minimum requirements of laminate flooring.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements.

As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.