DEKRA opens first CB test lab for LED lamps in accordance with IEC 62560

Date Announced: 28 Apr 2011

-- LED safety now tested in Asia

Stuttgart / Shanghai -– Asian manufacturers and suppliers of LED lamps can now have their products tested onsite for electrical safety. As the first test and certification office in Asia, DEKRA offers CB tests for LED lamps with an electronic ballast according to the new IEC standard IEC 62560.

DEKRA was officially recognised by the IECEE in March 2011 – a further milestone in strengthening its leadership position in the area of testing and certification of LED products. The range of services for LED products is now complete: with two ultramodern mirror goniometers, the "LED Technology Assessment Center" in the new DEKRA office in Shanghai tests the electrical and photo-biological safety as well as the performance of LED lamps. At the same time, DEKRA is introducing the global test mark "LED Performance", which is designed to indicate the differences in quality for LED products.

For suppliers and manufacturers in Asia who want to distribute their products in Europe or other parts of the world, this development provides considerable cost benefits: the product time-to-market can be reduced significantly, since no translation requirements or time delays need to be scheduled in and samples no longer need to be shipped worldwide.

Previously, DEKRA has tested LED lamps with an electronic ballast in test laboratories in the Netherlands, Italy, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Testing as per the IEC 62560 standard in accordance with the CB scheme of the IECEE and the European CCA and ENEC schemes is mandatory as of February 2011. In addition to electrical safety tests, all LED products must conform to IEC 62471 and IEC/TR 62471-2 with respect to photo-biological safety.

The test laboratories in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong are the first Certification Body Test Laboratories (CBTL) for LED lamps in Asia. LED lamps are a direct replacement for traditional incandescent lamps, which are being gradually withdrawn from the market worldwide. The required tests can also be carried out onsite and the test reports and certificates issued by the associated certification offices are recognised throughout the world.

About DEKRA:

DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organisations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. Over 24,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, temporary work as well as out- and new placement. In 2010 DEKRA generated sales totalling around 1.8 billion euros.

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