Lamp Testing Labs

Achieve compliance with regulatory requirements and voluntary schemes

Most major economies around the world have adopted regulations that mandate minimum energy efficiency requirements for lamps and lighting products, in an effort to speed the removal of less efficient products from the market. At the same time, a host of voluntary certification and labeling programs enable consumers to identify and choose the most energy-efficient lamps and lighting products consistent with their needs.

These regulations and voluntary programs are being continuously updated to reflect the introduction of newer technologies that promise even greater energy efficiency. As a result, lamp manufacturers face significant challenges in ensuring that their products are accepted by regulators and the market at large.

Today, a variety of lamp technologies are available to meet a wide range of specific environment and application requirements. Lamp types include fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), lamps based on light emitting diode (LED) technology, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, and induction lamps. Lamp testing is conducted in a laboratory to assess compliance with various safety and performance-related issues, including:

  • Electrical safety
  • Electromagnetic emissions and immunity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Performance
  • Photobiological safety

Specific tests required by regulatory authorities or voluntary energy efficiency programs may vary, depending on the type of lamp technology and its intended use, as well as the geographic market in which the lamp will be sold. A detailed test plan can help to make the testing process more efficient by identifying all required testing and eliminating duplicate testing efforts. An experienced, independent testing laboratory can provide assistance in developing an efficient and cost-effective plan that addresses all testing requirements.

Our Services

TÜV SÜD offers a comprehensive suite of testing, certification and advisory services on the regulations, standards and voluntary energy efficiency programs applicable to lamps. TÜV SÜD technical experts can also assist in product design and development, quality testing, environmental certification and transport monitoring, and can provide customized services in support of global supply chain activities. The TÜV SÜD blue octagon certification mark is globally recognized as a symbol of product safety.

TÜV SÜD services for lamps include:

Service Description

Testing

TÜV SÜD testing laboratories are equipped to conduct specific tests consistent with the requirements of all applicable standards and voluntary schemes, such as:

  • Luminous flux and maintenance of luminous flux
  • Warm-up time
  • Correlated color temperature in the state of stability and x/y coordinates in the CIE 1931 chromaticity diagram
  • Determination of color binning (MacAdam ellipses)
  • Variations in color temperature and luminous flux over time
  • Lamp current
  • Power factor (ratio of active power to apparent power)
  • Lamp survival factor (LSF)
  • Color rendering index
  • Switching cycles

Certification

We offer the following certification services for lamps:
  • NRTL Mark - safety certification for the US and Canada
  • EU CE Mark - The product passport to the EU market
  • IECEE CB Scheme report - As a CB Scheme recognized laboratory, TÜV SÜD is able to provide manufacturers with CB reports, which can be converted into national certification of many countries
  • GS Mark - The Geprüfte Sicherheit mark is a German safety certification mark, it is widely recognized in Germany, Europe and across the world
  • TÜV SÜD EMC Mark - TÜV SÜD electro-magnetic compatibility certification mark, indicates that the product's compliance to electromagnetic requirements have been tested and its manufacturing processes have been strictly evaluated by TÜV SÜD
  • TÜV SÜD ErP Mark - TÜV SÜD ErP instruction certification mark, indicates that the product’s compliance to ErP instructions requirements have been met and manufacturing processes have been strictly appraised by TÜV SÜD
  • Australian C-Tick - Certification of electromagnetic compatibility for Australia and New Zealand
  • Japan PSE Mark - A mandatory mark required by all electronic appliances and materials that are sold in Japan

EU Directives and Regulations

TÜV SÜD’s lamp testing and certification services help you demonstrate compliance with requirements of directives and regulations in effect in the European Union (EU), including:

  • EU Directive 2009/125/EC - Eco design requirements for energy-related products
  • Regulation (EC) No. 244/2009 and No. 1194/2012 - Eco design  requirements for lamps, LEDs and related equipment
  • Regulation (EU) No. 874/2012 - Energy labelling of electrical lamps and luminaires

Other requirements

We can offer testing in support of all other international regulations and standards for lamps.

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