Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the LED Lighting Facts programme is designed to provide buyers with detailed information about the photometric performance characteristics of the solid-state lighting products they buy, including lamps and lamp systems incorporating LED technology. The program’s LED Lighting Facts label provides buyers with data on the following performance characteristics:
- Luminaire light output
- Efficacy (i.e., lumens per watt)
- Measured power (watts)
- Correlated color temperature (CCT)
- Color rendering index (CRI)
In addition to the above characteristics, manufacturers can optionally list information on two additional metrics, warranty and LED lumen maintenance.
Manufacturers who participate in the LED Lighting Facts programme generally provide an integrating sphere report using LM-79 test methods. As of 1 June 2012, the program only accepts test reports from testing laboratories listed on the program’s approved testing laboratories list. However, the Lighting Facts programme will soon allow manufacturers to group related LED lighting products into “families” and limit testing to a single product within a family. The LED Lighting Facts programme is also expected to implement market surveillance efforts and random verification testing to confirm the compliance of listed products.
The LED Lighting Facts label presents accurate and verifiable photometric performance data based on independent testing. As such, the LED Lighting Facts label enables buyers, specifiers and consumers to review and evaluate the photometric characteristics of individual LED lighting products, and to select those products that are most appropriate for use in specific applications. By providing buyers with essential performance information, lighting products that bear the LED Lighting Facts label have a competitive advantage over otherwise similar lighting products.
The LED Lighting Facts label
TÜV SÜD is a single source for testing and certification services related to the energy efficiency and photometric performance of lighting products, including LEDs and solid state lighting. We are an approved testing laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy’s LED Lighting Facts programme, and a recognised Testing Laboratory and Certification Body under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR programme. In addition, TÜV SÜD’s global Energy Efficiency Centres of Excellence are equipped to test and certify lighting products to worldwide energy efficiency requirements and standards.
TÜV SÜD offers a comprehensive suite of testing and certification services on the regulations, standards and voluntary energy efficiency and performance programs applicable to LEDs and all types of lighting products. TÜV SÜD technical experts can also assist in product design and development, quality testing, environmental certification and transport monitoring, and can provide customised services in support of global supply chain activities. The TÜV SÜD blue octagon certification mark is globally recognised as a symbol of product safety.
TÜV SÜD’s testing and certification services for lighting products include:
- Testing - TÜV SÜD is an approved testing laboratory under the LED Lighting Facts programme, as well as an EPA-recognised testing laboratory and certification body for ENERGY STAR recognition.
- Documentation - We can review the content of your product documentation and advise of any changes necessary to ensure compliance with LED Lighting Facts requirements.
- Regulations - TÜV SÜD technical experts keep up-to-date on regulations, standards and programmes applicable to lighting products worldwide, and participate in a number of key industry groups and trade organisations.
- Other requirements - We can offer support in complying with the requirements of other regulations and standards applicable to lighting products.
TÜV SÜD is a leading provider of comprehensive testing and certification services for electrical and lighting products. Our global network of technical experts, combined with our state-of-the-art testing laboratories, assure a single source solution for meeting all applicable requirements, standards and voluntary schemes. TÜV SÜD technical professionals are actively involved in international advisory boards and standards development activities, ensuring the most up-to-date knowledge of current and changing requirements.
Represented in over 800 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD has an unsurpassed track record of meeting and exceeding the requirements and expectations of our client companies. The TÜV SÜD brand and our distinctive blue octagon mark are instantly recognised around the globe as symbols of quality and safety, and will increase customer confidence in your brand.