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LED Drivers – Your Key to the Global Market

By Michael Ritto / P.E. Business Development Manager for Lighting Components

Article on UL's Lumen Insights Issue 3 / 2015

It seems that the world is becoming smaller every day. Whether it’s through the internet, social media, or a quick flight to a foreign destination, the world has become more accessible. The same can be said for the lighting industry. More and more, we are seeing lighting products that are designed for use not only in the North American market, but also in the global market. LED technologies, specifically LED Drivers, are the components that are enabling easier connection to the global grid. Many LED Drivers have universal input ranges (i.e. 120 – 277 Vac and 50 – 60 hz), which allows for one set of components that can connect to any global utility infrastructure.

As the world becomes smaller, the number of things you must consider before sending your products into the global market continues to increase. Traditionally, simply having a UL Certification Mark was enough. Whether you had a UL Recognition or Listing, your LED Driver products were allowed to be used in or with any Luminaire entering the North American market. That’s no longer the case. But, did you know that UL, the leader in global market certifications, is able to help provide you with the guidance you need to bring your products to the global market?

With our Global Market Access (GMA) services, UL is the #1 National Certification Body for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) CB Scheme two years running. Evaluating your products to the IEC Standards and obtaining a CB Certificate gives your LED Drivers access to the markets of the 45 countries affiliated with the IECEE. Additionally, UL has offices strategically positioned around the world to help facilitate the issuance of Marks for Europe, Asia/Pacific, and South America. Specific marks include the CE Mark, D Mark, ENEC Mark, RCM Mark (Australia/New Zealand), CCC Mark (China), BIS Registry (India), PSE Mark (Japan), EAC Mark (Russia, Belarus & Kazakhstan Customs Union), and S-Mark (Argentina).

Safety is just one piece of the puzzle, though. Along with safety, manufacturers must also consider energy efficiency, environmental ratings, emissions and immunity, green ratings, interoperability, and performance. Through our close connections with government agencies, industry groups, and consortiums and standard development organizations, UL is well versed and often involved in the creation of many of these requirements. Our team of experts can help provide you with the guidance you need to maximize your product’s potential. UL is fully equipped to handle all of your performance testing needs. Our capabilities allow us to offer the full scope of testing across the entire Ingress Protection (IP) rating spectrum, as well as performance benchmarking and reliability testing, including NEMA SSL-7A, NEMA 410, and IEC 62384.