Lighting products, components exported to EU gain competitive edge with third-party certification
Boxborough, Mass. – TÜV Rheinland, a global testing, inspection, and certification organization, recommends that lighting products and component manufacturers who export to the European Union (EU) consider the benefits of the ENEC and new ENEC+ mark certifications. The voluntary marks signify that an independent laboratory assessed a product to applicable safety and performance requirements, increasing the confidence of the customer, retailer and local authority in the product.
Manufacturers of fixed and portable general-purpose luminaires, recessed luminaires, road and street lighting, floodlights, LED modules for general lighting, self-ballasted lamps for general lighting services as well as manufacturers of associated components such as transformers, information technology equipment and controls can all benefit from the ENEC certification scheme.
Unlike the mandatory CE Mark, representing a self-declaration from the manufacturer or importer that the product complies with applicable regulatory requirements of the European Directives, the ENEC and new ENEC+ marks involve third-party testing and certification, annual and ongoing factory inspections and market surveillance. While the ENEC mark has validated safety claims for more than 20 years, ENEC+ has been developed to support the advancement in the LED technology and address, verify and validate the long-term performance and benefits claims. ENEC+ is based on an evolution model, so as the technology progresses, the requirements of the mark will evolve simultaneously. It is available for both manufacturers of LED and traditional lighting sources seeking to highlight performance claims. To be eligible for the ENEC+ certification, a product must be first ENEC certified.
“The ENEC certification scheme is a way for manufacturers to increase product acceptance and demand; for importers and retailers to assure that their products are completely safe and perform as promised; and for customers to make purchases with confidence,” said Sagar Patel, LED and Lighting Program Manager at TÜV Rheinland. “This is particularly important to LED component and fixture manufacturers because the industry is in the stage where it must prove the new technology can be trusted to gain market-wide acceptance.”
ENEC approved testing laboratories meet stringent initial and ongoing assessment requirements. The testing can only be performed in the EU, and TUV Rheinland North America can arrange for lighting products to be tested to the ENEC and ENEC+ certification scheme in the company’s laboratories in Germany and Hungary.
To take advantage of the ENEC and ENEC+ certification benefits and to learn more, contact Sagar Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra Kato, LED Lighting Sales Program Manager at TÜV Rheinland at email@example.com.
About TÜV Rheinland Lighting Testing Services
TÜV Rheinland is approved by the OSHA as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and by the Standards Council of Canada as a testing and certification organization. The company’s cTUVus mark is officially recognized as an equivalent of the UL, CSA and ETL marks. The company’s US laboratories are conveniently located from the East to West coasts, with four laboratories in the European Union and six in Asia extending the company’s testing capabilities for lighting products to international clients at or near their target markets.
The organization tests lighting products to a variety of requirements such as Product Safety, EMC, International Approvals, Wireless, Performance Testing, including IPxx, UV, In-Situ Temperature test, Photometry testing to LM-79; ENERGY STAR®; DesignLights Consortium® and LED Lighting Facts® programs; as well as to the RoHS and REACH directives.
About TÜV Rheinland
Founded in 1872, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality, efficiency and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The company maintains presence in 69 countries, employs 19,300 people and has an annual revenue of more than $1.9 billion (€1.731 billion). TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.
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