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Lighting Standards: What Do They Mean?

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Have you ever wondered what all those standards and certifications mean when it comes to lighting? We’ve put together a list that explains many of them! These certifications can be helpful in your product decision-making process as they relate to product safety, testing, warranty, durability, and other important details. Now you can buy with confidence that a product suits your specific needs.

 

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Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS): RoHS Compliant

RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Certain materials used in electronics and electrical products have been deemed hazardous to people and the environment and, therefore, must be limited. For a product to be RoHS compliant, testing must be performed and documented to show limited or no use of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Download our statement regarding RoHS.

 

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Warranties

Super Bright LEDs, Inc. offers a minimum 2-year warranty to protect against manufacturer defects and malfunctions. Longer warranties are available depending on the product. If you experience failure of an LED or other component not caused by negligence, abuse, unauthorized repair, or disassembly, we will replace the product within the warranty period. If the same product is no longer available, a product of equal value may be substituted.

Read more here.

 

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Lifetime Warranty

Super Bright LEDs, Inc. offers a Lifetime Warranty on a variety of products to protect against manufacturer defects and malfunctions. If you experience failure of an LED or other component not caused by negligence, abuse, unauthorized repair or disassembly, we will replace the product. If the same product is no longer available, a product of equal value may be substituted.

Read more here.

 

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CE: Meets European health, safety, and environmental standards

In order for certain products within controlled categories, such as electrical and electronic devices, to be legally sold in the European Economic Area, they must bear a CE label, which stands for Conformité Européenne (European Conformity). Products with this label meet environmental, health, and safety standards put into place by European legislation.

 

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UL Listed: Safety and environmental certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC is an independent testing agency that works to verify product safety and quality. A UL-Listed label means that product samples have been tested by UL and that the product meets their Standards for Safety requirements.

 

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UL Recognized: Product component safety and environmental certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC is an independent testing agency that works to verify product safety and quality. A UL-Recognized label ensures that a product component, such as a power supply or LED light strip, has been tested and verified as safe to use in a UL-Listed product. UL-Listed product samples are tested by UL and meet their Standards for Safety requirements.

 

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UL Classified: Safety and environmental classification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC is an independent testing agency that works to verify product safety and quality. UL tests specific properties of product samples to ensure that they adhere to applicable UL requirements, Standards for Safety, and other national and international organization’s standards.

 

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DLC: Listed as a quality, energy-efficient product by the DesignLights® Consortium (DLC®)

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC®) partners with energy-efficiency groups and utility companies to establish a set of standards for commercial LED light fixtures. The product is tested and must meet quality, energy-efficiency, and performance requirements to be added to the DLC’s Qualified Products List. For more information, click here.

 

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DOT Approved: Approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT)

The Department of Transportation (DOT) sets strict guidelines in respect to external vehicle lighting that must be followed in order for a light to be street legal. Vehicle fixtures, such as headlights and tail lights, that have a DOT mark are legal, safe, and considered to provide suitable illumination for street use.

 

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SAE: Follows guidelines set forth by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

An SAE mark means that the Society of Automotive Engineers has tested a product to ensure that it follows guidelines, standards, and practices in regard to design, construction, and materials. SAE’s requirements do not guarantee that the product will be street legal. The product must be approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) before it is considered legal for street use.

 

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SAE International Class 1: Classified for use as emergency vehicle lighting by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Vehicle warning lights are ranked by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) according to class. A Class 1 LED light delivers the most amount of light (in comparison to class 2 and class 3 lights) and is ideal for emergency lighting on ambulances and fire trucks as well as police and rescue vehicles.

 

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ISA Approved: Approved by the International Solid-State Lighting Alliance (ISA)

Products that have an International Solid-State Lighting Alliance (ISA) label are approved as quality, energy-efficient LED lights that help to create a sustainable society.

 

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ETL Listed: An ETL-Listed product meets national safety standards

A product that bears an ETL-Listed label has been evaluated by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and meets national product safety standards. An ETL certification is accepted in the U.S. and in Canada.

 

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E4: Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) approved for street use

E4 is a type of Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) mark that signifies that a product was tested in the Netherlands against international standards. A product that bears an E4 label is approved for street use in Europe or in any country that accepts ECE testing on vehicle products.

 

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FCC: Complies with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. Won’t cause harmful interference.

Products with a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) label meet all requirements and rules set forth by the FCC and won’t cause interference with other electronic devices. According to FCC’s website, “The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.” Products that generate radio frequency (RF) energy, such as RF remote controls and certain LED light bulbs, are tested to ensure that they are within the FCC’s guidelines and limits and do not cause harmful interference.

 

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IC Rated: Suitable for contact with insulation

Recessed lights that have an insulation contact (IC) label can come into contact with insulation in a wall or ceiling without creating a fire hazard. An IC-rated light’s housing prevents the light from overheating and is designed to separate internal components from insulation or other flammable materials. Recessed lights that do not have an IC label must be installed at least three inches from insulation.

 

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SAA: Standards Australia (SA) compliance

Standards Australia (SAA) is a company that establishes guidelines and rules known as Standards. In an effort to create a sustainable environment, these Standards are designed to ensure that products are safe and function consistently. Products with an SAA label were tested and comply with set Standards.

 

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IP (Ingress Protection) Rating:

Ingress protection classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion, dust, accidental contact and water. As ratings increase, all previous protections apply in addition to the protections of the higher rating.

What is IP rating

IP65

The weatherproof product allows zero entry of dust. It is protected against jets of water and may allow limited liquid entry.

IP66

The weatherproof product allows zero entry of dust. It is protected against strong jets of water and may allow limited liquid entry.

IP67

The waterproof product allows zero entry of dust. It is protected against the effects of immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter.

IP68

The waterproof product allows zero entry of dust. It is protected against long periods of immersion under pressure.

IP69K

The waterproof product allows zero entry of dust. It is protected against high-temperature, high-pressure water and steam.

 

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LM-79/LM-80: Tested for photometric, electrical data, and lumen depreciation using guidelines set forth by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES)

Products that are LM-79 certified have been tested for photometric and electrical data by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized laboratory. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) created LM-79-08—Approved Method: Electrical and Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products—to establish guidelines and procedures for the testing of solid-state lighting (SSL) products such as LED fixtures. Procedures are listed for luminous flux, electrical power, luminous intensity distribution, and chromaticity.

Products that are LM-80 certified have been tested for lumen depreciation by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized laboratory. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) created LM-80-08 to establish guidelines and procedures for the testing of solid-state lighting (SSL) products, such as LED packages, modules, and arrays (not complete fixtures). Procedures are listed for testing lumen maintenance over a period of time.

 

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UL 844: Meets requirements from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC for use in hazardous (classified) locations

UL 844 requirements cover fixed and portable luminaires for installation and use in the following hazardous (classified) locations in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70:

  • Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups A, B, C, and D
  • Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, and G
  • Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G
  • Class III, Divisions 1 and 2
  • Class I, Zones 1 and 2, Groups IIA, IIB, IIB plus Hydrogen and IIC, and Zone 20, 21, and 22

These requirements cover luminaires for use only under the following atmospheric conditions:

  • A minimum ambient temperature of minus 25°C (minus 13°F)
  • An oxygen concentration not greater than 21 percent by volume; and
  • A nominal barometric pressure of one atmosphere

 

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ATEX: Meets European Union (EU) directive requirements for the manufacturing, installation, and use of electrical and mechanical equipment in potentially explosive environments

This product meets health and safety requirements set forth by the European Union (EU) Directive 1999/92/EC regarding the classification of hazardous zones in the workplace. It also meets the requirements of Directive 2014/34/EU regarding the sale of equipment in the EU market that will be used in explosive atmospheres.

 

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