For over 120 years, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has worked hard to find ways to ensure safe living and working environments. To do so, UL uses advanced science to inspect, test and certify consumer products. UL certified products truly set the standard for safety, giving end users peace of mind.
Born out of Intertek, ETL is one the the world's largest laboratories specializing in testing, inspection and certification. The company provides total quality assurance in the products they examine and are a symbol for safety in the lighting industry. A product featuring an ETL certification validates the expert level of testing the product has received, in order to verify that it meets North American safety standards.
As part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Star began as a way to identify energy-efficient products. However, over the past 24 years, it has quickly proven itself as a dominating force in the energy conservation effort. The program, which works to reduce pollutions, has changed the energy landscape and resulted in billions of dollars in energy savings. By educating the public and providing the necessary tools, Energy Star helps organizations and consumers choose certified products that will ultimately save them money, while positively impacting the environment.
In 1998, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) was founded on the principle that energy efficient solutions should extend to commercial lighting products. In collaboration with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), DLC certifications put a stamp of approval on high-performance, energy-efficient products, while providing tools, resources and technical expertise to the lighting industry. DLC shows dedication to the lighting market by pushing innovation and providing cutting-edge technology to the masses.
The IP Code (or International Protection Rating, sometimes also interpreted as Ingress Protection Rating*) consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures. IP65 signifies that the fixture is protected from total dust ingress, as well as low pressure water jets from any direction.
IP66 signifies that the fixture is protected from total dust ingress, as well as high pressure water jets from any direction.
The California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality. These measures (Title 24, Part 6) are listed in the California Code of Regulations. The California Energy Commission is responsible for adopting, implementing and updating building energy efficiency. Local city and county enforcement agencies have the authority to verify compliance with applicable building codes, including energy efficiency.