UL is a global leader in testing, inspection, certification, auditing and validation. The UL Mark is the single most accepted Certification Mark in the United States, appearing on 22 billion products annually. Explore more about our Certification Marks below.
ENERGY STAR is a government agency that promotes environmental protection by focusing on energy efficient products and practices. Any product that has been qualified by ENERGY STAR must meet strict requirements to be considered energy efficient and reliable.
The ENERGY STAR program requirement for integral LED lamps (retrofit sources) was drafted in 2009 and an update was implemented in March 2010. Based on this latest requirement, in order to qualify for Energy Star rating, LED lamps must comply with the following requirements (summarized):
- Min. efficiency 40-45lm / W for PAR and MR type
- Min. efficiency 50-55lm / W for A type
- Color temperature with strict tolerance
- Color maintenance (stability) measured over 6000 hrs
- CRI of Min. 80 (77 on average)
- Power factor ≥ 0.7 if power >5W
- UL + FCC certification
- ≥ 70% lumen maintenance (L70) at 25,000hrs (min. initial test 6,000 hrs)
- PAR & MR type must have at least 80% light output within an angle of 120°
- A type must have an even luminous intensity distribution within 0° to 135° zone and at least 5% of total flux in the 135° to 180° zone
DESIGN LIGHT CONSORTIUM
The DesignLights Consortium™ (DLC) is a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), a regional non-profit founded in 1996 whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. The DLC promotes quality, performance and energy efficient commercial sector lighting solutions through collaboration among its federal, regional, state, utility, and energy efficiency program members; luminaire manufacturers; lighting designers and other industry stakeholders throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Over its 14 year history the DLC program has driven the lighting market towards innovation by providing information, education, tools and technical expertise for cutting edge technologies. Since 2010, the DLC has administered the Qualified Products List (QPL), a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high efficiency LED products for the commercial sector. Today, the QPL sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and Canada while informing manufacturer product development.
TÜV SÜD is recognized around the world as a leading independent product Certification Body, providing a variety of quality assurance, certification, and audit services. We can provide you with a basis for protection from product liability issues, while engendering confidence in your products through globally recognized and respected Certification Marks
TÜV SÜD is recognized around the world as a leading independent product Certification Body, providing a variety of quality assurance, certification, and audit services. We can provide you with a basis for protection from product liability issues, while engendering confidence in your products through globally recognized and respected Certification Marks.
The LM-79-08 Specification describes the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) approved method for measuring the Electrical and Photometric levels of Solid-State Lighting. It is based on tests that will measure an LED luminaire or integral lamp as a whole system according to a standard process, using specific measurement equipment.
It is the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) approved standard for measuring lumen maintenance of LED light sources. LM-80-08 apply to the LED package, array, or module alone, not a complete system, it is testing a component level. The standard does not provide guidance for extrapolation of testing results.
The IES is composed of a diverse membership, all with an interest in and a dedication to good lighting. 25% of the membership is involved in manufacturing (lamps, sources, luminaires, accessories); another 25% is composed of lighting designers and architects. The remaining 50% is composed of consultants, electrical and building contractors, distributors, and wholesalers, individuals working in affiliated lighting fields, those working for utilities and energy services, and people in government and education.
Over one thousand of these members serve on committees, most serving on the Society’s document development committees; these committees develop standards, design guides, technical memoranda, lighting energy management materials, guidelines and lighting measurement, testing and calculation guides.
The LED Lighting Facts program was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008 to promote the accurate and consistent reporting of LED product performance claims. Hundreds of market-available products are listed with the program each month. That’s an indication of how rapidly solid-state lighting is developing and how quickly new LED lighting products are pouring onto the market. The program’s ever-expanding reach is also reflected in the fact that there are now thousands of LED Lighting Facts partners, including manufacturers, retailers and distributors, lighting professionals, testing laboratories and energy-efficiency sponsors.
The LED Lighting Facts program is designed to ensure that the LED products you find on the market meet your expectations for performance. Manufacturers that list their products with LED Lighting Facts voluntarily pledge to report their products’ performance results. Those results appear on the LED Lighting Facts label, which helps retailers and other industry buyers make informed purchasing decisions for their lighting inventory.
LIGHTING DESIGN LAB
Today, Lighting Design Lab focuses on commercial & industrial lighting, and provides beginner to advanced adult education and technical consultations. As an interactive facility funded by major NW electric utilities & conservation partners, our services are free or supplemented so they are accessible to all businesses seeking guidance. Our goal is energy conservation education.
cUL mark is applicable for products in the Canadian market. Products with the mark indicate that they comply with Canadia nsafety standards which are basically same to reference standards of United States UL; of course, there are some differences in some products’ standards.
The FCC Declaration of Conformity or the FCC label or the FCC mark is a certification mark employed on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States which certifies that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC label is found even on products sold outside the US territory, because they are either products manufactured in the US and had been exported, or they were manufactured in other nations which have US as a prime market (e.g. Japan, China). This makes the FCC label recognizable worldwide even to people to whom the name of the agency Federal Communications Commission is not familiar.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.