Verified or not? Does the description on the box really tell you what’s in the box?

‘Whether it’s lamps, luminaires or lighting controls; the key words are ‘meaningful’ and ‘independent’,’ warns general manager Mark Salt. ‘Many people believe that the CE Mark is the only certification that is required but it’s important to bear in mind that suppliers ‘self-declare’ the CE Mark. There is no independent verification of safety or performance,’ he adds.

He also notes that the CE Mark is focused on safety through compliance with several EU Directives that do not encompass performance parameters such as light output, lamp life and energy efficiency.

‘Safety issues are clearly of vital importance but, in terms of providing the customer with a lighting system that delivers on expectations, it is essential that these performance criteria are also subject to independent verification. For example, the lumen output of lamps should correspond to manufacturers’ figures and luminaires should deliver the expected photometric performance,’ he continues.

Through its LIA Labs Verified scheme, LIA Laboratories provides a complete accredited testing, verification and certification service for all lighting equipment from lamps/LED modules and control gear through to luminaires. Equipment verified by the scheme, which operates in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust (EST), gets a certificate and can carry the LIA Labs verified and EST brand. Verified products are also published on LIA Labs’ certification website with full report details.

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