LED Lighting Testing Requirements

An overview of our testing services for LED lighting products

An overview of our testing services for LED lighting products

Comply with LED Testing Requirements

Significant technological improvements in the quality and performance of light emitting diodes (LEDs) have made it the preferred technology for lamps and lighting products used in consumer, commercial and industrial applications. LED lighting is more energy efficient, and the rapidly growing use of LED lighting will help to reduce energy demand in the coming years. However, as LED technology continues to evolve to meet the performance requirements of more demanding applications, LED testing requirements are changing and expanding to address this.

LED performance is a primary concern for commercial and industrial customers, and certification to specific performance standards can be used as evidence of compliance with buyer requirements. In addition, demonstrated compliance with the requirements of voluntary energy efficiency schemes, such as the U.S. ENERGY STAR program, can be important factors for marketplace acceptance. Finally, certain tests such as those addressing electrical and photometric safety are generally required for access to major markets, including the U.S. and the European Union (EU).

LEDs are subject to a wide range of safety and performance testing, including:

  • Electrical safety
  • Electromagnetic compatibility 
  • Energy Efficiency

In addition, performance testing related to the color and intensity of emitted light or exposure to extreme environmental conditions are important considerations for LED lighting products used in demanding applications such as transportation and infrastructure projects.

Concerns about the possible health effects from exposure to light generated from LEDs has also resulted in the introduction of photobiological testing of LEDs to ensure user safety.


Our Testing Services for LED Lighting Products

TÜV SÜD provides a comprehensive suite of testing and certification services for regulations, standards, and voluntary energy efficiency programs applicable to LED lighting products, including bulbs, modules and drivers. TÜV SÜD technical experts can also assist in product design and development, quality testing, environmental certification, and transport monitoring, as well as 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's services for LED lighting products include the following tests and certifications:

Service

Description

Performance Testing

  • ENERGY STAR®
  • DesignLights Consortium
  • California Energy Commission 
  • LM-79 photometry 
  • ISTMT
  • EU ErP Directive
  • IEC/EN 62612 performance requirements of LED self-ballasted lamp for general lighting which goes beyond 50V
  • IEC 62384 LED performance requirement of the module with alternating or direct current control gear

Product Certification

  • NRTL Mark - safety certification for the US and Canada
  • 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
  • EU CE Mark - The product passport to the EU market
  • UKCA Mark – The UK replacement to the EU CE Mark
  • 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 

Photobiological and Electrical Safety Testing

  • IEC/EN 62471 photobiological safety of lamps and lamp systems
  • IEC/EN 62031 safety requirement of LED module for general lighting
  • IEC/EN 60968 safety requirement of self-ballasted lamp for general lighting
  • IEC 62560 safety requirement of LED self-ballasted lamp for general lighting which goes beyond 50V
  • IEC/EN 61347-1 safety requirement and general usage of lamp control gear-part1
  • IEC/EN 61347-2-13 lamp control gear-part 2-13: the special requirement of LED module that uses alternating or direct current electronic control gear
  • IEC/EN 60598 the safety requirement of various light fixtures
  • IEC/EN 60838-2-2 miscellaneous lamp sockets-part 2-2: the special requirements of LED module connectors

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing

  • U.S. FCC Part 15 Subpart B
  • EN 55015 specificity of wireless interference, the limiting value and measurement
  • IEC/EN 61547 anti-interference requirement of common lighting fixtures
  • IEC/EN 61000-3-2 the emission limit of harmonic current
  • IEC/EN 61000-3-3 limit of voltage fluctuation and flicker

Chemical Analysis Testing

  • EU RoHS Directive testing
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) testing
  • Phthalate testing
  • Packaging heavy metal testing
  • EU REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) testing
  • Organic compound testing

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