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Super Bright’s In-House LED Light Testing Methods

Super Bright LEDs employs skilled engineers and experts to test LED lights before they’re sold. Our in-house test lab is stocked with numerous pieces of equipment that provide important specifications about each product, such as brightness, color temperature, and operating temperature. Testing methods include the use of integrating spheres, spectrometers, Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, and an environmental chamber. In addition to this equipment, our technicians perform burn-in tests and durability tests that can last anywhere from two weeks to several months.

Integrating Spheres

integrating sphere

This light-measuring device has a white reflective coating that’s designed to distribute a beam of light evenly throughout the inside of the sphere. A spectrometer (light-measuring device) receives data from sensors in the sphere and translates that data into lumen, peak wavelength, CCT, and CRI readings displayed in a computer program.

Our test lab is equipped with four spheres that vary in sizes for measuring large and small products. Small components and single LEDs require the use of our handheld spectrometer with built-in integrating sphere.

Environmental Chamber

environmental chamber

Our state-of-the-art environmental testing chamber utilizes a 30-cubic-foot enclosure to reproduce the full ranges of temperature and relative humidity found within commercial and industrial LED lighting applications. Data collection (photometric & electrical) occurs while a device-under-test cycles through specified environmental extremes. Chamber temperature ranges from negative 35° C (negative 31° F)  to 200° C (392° F), and humidity ranges from 10 to 95 percent.

FLIR Camera

FLIR photosThis handheld device is used to measure the heat that is emitted from our LED products. The camera creates a thermal image that pinpoints where heat is coming from and how hot the area is. It is most often used for measuring internal product temperatures from drivers and components.

Durability Tests

durability tests

To ensure that our products will perform under normal and extreme conditions—and to have a little fun—our technicians put them through a round of applicable tests. A selection of LED lights is time tested in the environment that each product is designed for. For example, waterproof boat lights are submerged in water, and weather-resistant landscape lights are installed outside. Depending on the type of product and its impact/weather rating, our technicians might drop, run over, freeze, burn, or even saw it in half to test the product’s durability.