Original Post: LED Light Bulb Certifications: Who is Doing it and Why?
All Euri Lighting LED bulbs come awarded with some type of certification, but what do those certifications mean, and who is handing them out?
Sometimes it seems fairly obvious, like the Energy Star labels you see everywhere-- who doesn't have one these days? But some certifications appear merely as encrypted watermarks, their acronyms unfamiliar and their awarding companies unknown to the typical consumer. So we've compiled a list of our product certifications for you-- what they are, who is behind them, and where you can dig deeper for more information.
An Energy Star certification ensures that the product you are buying has met the standards of energy efficiency as set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while delivering exceptional features to the consumer. Consumers will save on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
An Energy Star light bulb uses 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, lasts 10-25 times longer, and saves $30-$135 in electricity costs over its lifetime. It will also produce 70-90% less heat than an incandescent bulb, making it safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with cooling the home or office. These bulbs have met strict quality testing and efficiency standards by third party accredited labs. LED bulbs have been qualifying for the Energy Star certification since 2009, and in 2016, the EPA is hosting webinars on Energy Star Lighting, available online here.
Euri products that have an Energy Star certification are usually marked with a lowercase 'e' in their model number, ie: EA19-2000e.
The UL Certification Mark is a label given to products for meeting standards set by UL, one of the world's oldest safety organizations, founded in 1894, as the Underwriters Laboratories. UL provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising, and training services to manufacturers, retailers, policymakers, regulators, service companies and consumers, and is approved to perform safety testing by the United States federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). UL has been performing standards testing on LED bulbs since 2007, advising consumers on Risk of Shock, Risk of Fire, and Biological Hazards as described on all Euri Lighting Packages.
The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) awards certification for products who have met their standards on efficiency in the lighting industry. Its panel develops commercial sector lighting solutions through the collaboration of federal, regional, state, utility and energy efficiency program members, luminaire manufacturers, lighting designers, and other industry stakeholders through the United States and Canada. Visit their website for more information on their requirements for the LED lighting industry.
The ETL Listed Mark is provided as proof of product compliance to North American safety standards by Intertek, another network of laboratories across North and South America, Europe and Asia to test, inspect and certify companies and products. Intertek is an OSHA-recognized Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and is accredited as a Testing Organization and Certification Body by the Standards Council of Canada.
With making incandescent bulbs obsolete, a new regulator has been introduced to the lighting industry-- the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Traditionally, the FCC has only had its grip on the radio and television industries, but as both fluorescent lighting and LED technology produces waves on the radio frequency spectrum, the FCC has the right to set standards on how these products do so-- otherwise, turning on your bedroom light might interfere with licensed radio operations (think police communications and airplane pilots)! Maybe it doesn't sound like a big deal, but the FCC threatens to charge fines of up to $16,000 each day that devices interfere with those radio waves!
LED lamps radiate radio frequency energy unintentionally, and must be filtered properly to pass FCC Rule Part 15. LED bulbs are officially registered as wireless computer devices, fit with radio chips on their internal circuit boards, and must be regulated as such for consumer use. Read more about the standards here.
The Title 24 Compliant certification is a strict standard held by the California Building Standards Commission, authorized by California Building Standards Law, governing the design and construction of all buildings in California relating to fire and life safety, structural safety, and access compliance. It has 12 parts that regulate in part all electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy efficiency, fire codes, and green building standards. Euri Lighting LED downlights are certified as Title 24 Compliant, rated on energy efficiency and lumen output.
The International Electrotechnical Commission prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The IEC developed Ingress Protection (IP) codes that rate the protection against liquids and dust on electrical equipment and enclosures. These codes represent different forms of environmental influence, the first digit represents the degree of protection against dust (solids), and the second digit represents the degree of protection against liquids. A rating of IP65 means that Euri Lighting's LED PAR38 is "totally protected against dust ingress" and "protected against high pressure water jets from any direction with limited ingress permitted."