UL 8750 Safety Standard for LED Lighting is Published

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent product safety certification organization based in Northbrook, Illinois, has published ANSI/UL 8750 “Safety Standard for LED Equipment for Use in LED Lighting Products.”The first-edition standard creates a global platform of safety requirements for LED lighting equipment as well as the entire supply chain of components used in lighting products employing LED technology.“UL 8750 provides manufacturers a single,much-needed safety standard for testing their LED products and related components sold in the United States,”said Alberto Uggetti, general manager, UL Lighting Business. In North America, several Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs), including UL itself, are authorized to conduct product safety testing and certifi cation of LED products according to standards that now include UL 8750.The evolution of LED lighting technology created the need to address potential safety concerns, including the risk of overheating, electric shock and fire. In response, UL hosted a lighting stakeholder summit with more than 100 representatives of industry,government and testing organizations to discuss the proliferation of LED technology and its future use in lighting design and manufacturing. Using the insight gained from the summit, UL published the first of three Outlines of Investigations, or safety requirements, in January 2007 , which eventually became UL 8750.

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