CSA International, a product testing and certification organization, has opened a new laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, that is 3X the size of its previous lab. The 30,000 square-foot facility will have the capability to test thousands of lighting products for safety, light output, heat output, endurance and light dispersion.
The laboratory provides full LM-79 testing, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) testing and third-party Energy-Star testing. It can certify a variety of lighting products from street lights and airport runway lights to automotive lamps and flashlights.
“This lab further expands CSA’s overall capabilities and capacity in the US to better enable it to deliver strategic regional and localized services to meet the growing demands our clients in the rapidly growing LED lighting product market,” said Rich Weiser, Vice President of US and Mexico operations for the CSA Group, the parent company of CSA International.
The CSA lab will test for compliance with new efficiency standards required by the Energy Independence Act of 2007. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has estimated that the new standards could save consumers $6 billion per year. By 2027, the DOE estimates an energy savings of $265 billion, which would reduce the necessary number of power plants by 40 while reducing electricity usage by 33%.
CSA International has developed over 50 standards that support energy efficiency. The organization plans to open two new lighting test laboratories in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China, this year.