Philips Lighting Electronics recently announced the expansion of its offering of high-efficiency Philips Advance brand electronic ballasts participating in the NEMA Premium Ballast Program. Consistent with Consortium for Energy Efficiency specifications and tested in accordance with ANSI standards, products eligible to participate in the NEMA Premium Ballast Program include either instant-start or programmed rapid-start fixed output electronic ballasts designed for use with 4-foot 32W T8 fluorescent lamps. The products that qualify for the program bear a special designation designed to help lighting professionals and end users recognize the market's highest-performing ballast products available. More information on the Philips lamps participating in the NEMA Premium program can be found online.

Eileen McGlone has been appointed Leviton's director of marketing for its commercial and industrial business. She will be responsible for building sales of the company's commercial and industrial wiring devices across its electrical distribution, retail, and end-user markets. McGlone has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing marketing and customer retention plans for a variety of companies.

EYE Lighting International has been awarded the ISO17025 accreditation that recognizes the technical excellence of its test and measurement laboratory. In addition to this coveted standard, the company also received two other ISO certifications and an OSHAS certification.

Lee Prince of London-based Light + Design Associates was named lighting designer of the year at Emap's Lighting Design Awards held March 12 in London. Awards were given in 15 categories—12 for lighting projects and three for product innovations. A full list of winners can be found online.

Thomas Lighting, a trademark of the Philips Group, has relocated its headquarters from Louisville, Ky., to Elgin, Ill. Located northwest of Chicago, the new offices are better connected with the Thomas Lighting Distribution Center to streamline ordering and shipping processes and improve customer service. While Forecast, another Philips group brand, shares the same office and warehousing facility as Thomas, the two will continue to operate as separate companies.

Cooper Wiring Devices, a division of Cooper Industries, has just announced that it has been certified as a Complete Control Partner with Universal Remote Control. The program certifies that URC custom automation solutions and Aspire RF wireless lighting control devices can be integrated and provide full functionality.

The National Association of Electrical Distributors is accepting applications for the June 13 Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) exam for inside and outside sales professionals. The CEP is a new certification program for distributors, manufacturers, and others in the electrical distribution channel. Applications are available at

Osram Sylvania has been awarded the 2009 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The company has been an Energy Star partner since 1999, and has won the Sustained Excellence Award four times. Additional details can be found online.