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Does your product do what it says on the tin?


The Lighting Association Laboratory launches its Verification Scheme with a touch of market surveillance for good measure.


* the lamp depicted is to illustrate a point and is not intended to represent any particular manufacturer.


Cheaper Price – but what about the claimed specification?


In today’s competitive market, we are faced with a wide choice of lighting product offers. A key aspect when making a buying decision is often the price. So, if you have a choice of product offers, all with more or less the same performance claims, is it always wise to go for the cheapest solution? The Lighting Association has therefore launched its Performance Verified initiative to prove safety, performance and life with a market surveillance aspect designed to expose rogue products for what they are. All the information will be posted on a free access website in support of the manufacturer’s claims. End users can search this facility by criteria to find, for example, the most efficient GU10 lamp in a particular colour range.


www.lalabverified.com


Performance Performance verification really does mean looking at the data on the product labels, pack or data sheet. We will look at :


• Total Lumen Output. • CCT and Ra • Power (circuit watts) consumed • Efficacy • Centre beam intensity • Beam Angle


Once a product is verified the LA will allow the use of the logo for safety and performance only.


Life


Not an easy one, often particularly for solid state lighting products where 50K – 100K hrs are routinely claimed. Really? When we see certain system and driver designs we do wonder. Life will be verified at a real 6000 hr test duration – of the actual product – in a working environment. Data will be published to show the lumen maintenance achieved at 6000 hrs. It will also be possible to publish data beyond 6000 hrs for those products that are held on extended test.


Market Surveillance – Finding questionable products


Safety Products have to comply with safety standards.


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Performance verified products will be sampled from time to time to assure continued compliance. A small additional fee is built into the


performance verified charges which will fund random market surveillance of general products in the market place. The results of measurements made will be published on the website.


Benefits :


• Manufacturers Can demonstrate how good their products are. Create USP over poor competition. (can others prove their claim?)


• Customers Your customers can be assured that it’s not just a manufacturers say so.


• Consumers Have a place where they can compare products supplied by different manufacturers easily on the www.LaLabverified.com website


• Specifiers Can look for independent approval from alternative suppliers who might offer interesting designs, but who may not have a large company brand name to rely on.


We have the support of many organisations both in the UK and Europe for this initiative. Presentations to both Government bodies and industry have been welcomed with applause. Something had to be done and the Lighting association has done it!


For further information email stevep@lightingassociation.com


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