National Electric Code

"A nationally accepted electrical installation code to reduce the risk of fire, developed by the National Fire Protection Association." - Advance Ballast Glossary

National Fire Protection Association

  • Abbreviated NFPA. The organization that drafted and maintains the National Electric Code (NEC).
  • "The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.

    Codes and Standards
    NFPA is widely known as a codes and standards organization - that's the backbone of what we do, and it always will be. Our mission is to provide you with the information and knowledge you need to do your job well in today's ever-changing environment. Our 300 codes and standards are designed to minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation around the world. It's more than 200 technical code- and standard- development committees comprise more than 6,000 volunteers who vote on proposals and revisions in a process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. NFPA provides free online access to its codes and standards." - National Fire Protection Association website (11/8/16)

National Stock Number

Abbreviated NSN. Known outside the USA as NATO Stock Number.


The traditional industry standard name given to the correlated color temperature of 3,600 degrees kelvin.