TÜV SÜD becomes 1 of 28 approved LED Lighting Facts approved labs

June 20, 2012
TÜV SÜD has been added to the list of approved testing labs for LED Lighting Facts. As of June 1, LED Lighting Facts will only accept test reports from its approved laboratories.
TÜV SÜD America, part of the global TÜV SÜD testing, inspection, and certification organization, has been approved to supply manufacturers with the data they need to submit for the LED Lighting Facts program.
Testing Laboratory Partners can be certified for testing in between one and four categories: LM-79, total flux and color, LM-79, intensity distribution, in-situ temperature measurement testing and LM-80 testing.

TÜV SÜD is approved in these first three categories. “Though participation in the LED Lighting Facts program is voluntary, it is important for lighting manufacturers to participate in the program,” stated Jason Chesley, sales manager for energy efficiency at TÜV SÜD America. “Participation shows consumers that the manufacturer is committed to accurate reporting of their products’ performance, and supportive of higher quality products in the LED lighting marketplace,” added Chesley.

Starting June 1, 2012, LED Lighting Facts only accepts test reports from Testing Laboratory Partners on the Approved Testing Laboratories list. TÜV SÜD joins twenty-seven other testing labs on the worldwide approved laboratories list. Sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), LED Lighting Facts is a voluntary pledge program to assure that LED lighting products are represented accurately in the market. Taking the pledge allows manufacturers to include the LED Lighting Facts label on product packaging or in product literature. The LED Lighting Facts program was designed to give lighting professionals confidence in the performance of the solid-state lighting products they buy.

In April of this year, the DOE added two optional metrics to the Lighting Facts label, a LED lumen maintenance and warranty. These can now be listed in addition to the original five metrics: lumens, watts, efficacy, color rendering index and correlated color temperature.