What is the North America LED market access

- Jun 13, 2017-

LED lighting products exported to North America also need electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, energy efficiency and chemical testing requirements in compliance with U.S. regulations. But these demands differ in varying degrees from the eu directive:


A. electrical safety test

The U.S. department of labor's occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) requires the product must be used in the workplace (NRTL) approved by the national laboratory testing and certification to ensure the personal safety of users, so most of the electrical products must comply with the NRTL mark to enter the United States market, and OSHA namely authorized international certification body as NRTL a releasing authority shall, in accordance with the applicable product standards for testing and certification; For the Canadian market, sold in Canada, or imported into Canada electrical products must be validated, test must be approved by Canadian standards committee (SCC) laboratory.

The north American lighting standard is significantly different from the European IEC, and the electrical safety tests in North America do not need to consider EMF requirements. The north American standard of lighting is usually defined in terms of installation and location.


B. energy efficiency test

Some areas of the United States offer varying degrees of financial support for energy star or dlc-certified lighting products; America's current energy efficiency test LED bulbs and lamps and lanterns are mainly concentrated in the LED lamps and lanterns of DLC and energy star, LightingFactslabel they belong to voluntary requirements, the U.S. federal minimum energy efficiency requirements (DOE) is not yet the LED bulbs and LED lamps and lanterns is incorporated into the control range. But in California, mobile LED lamps must meet the state's special energy requirements.


C. FCC/ICES test requirements

The FCC is the United States federal law for telecommunications products of the upper limit value of radio disturbance (EMI) characteristic of compulsory certification, but not with EMS (radio interference) test requirements; The FCC certification test for LED lamps is quite different from the EMC certification test in CE.

FCC authentication way into Verification (self Certification), Declarationof Conformity (announcement declared) and Certification (Certification) three models, what authentication way, depends on the type of the product, such as LED panel light products FCC test standard for the FCC 47 CFR part 15 b, authentication type: Verification. Need to pay attention to, LED lamps and lanterns of FCC certification is divided into Class A (LED lamps and lanterns) used in the industrial, commercial environment and the Class B (resident environment use LED lamps and lanterns) two kinds, the test limit of two kinds of completely different, CE certification of radio disturbance test is only one kind of limit standard, limit and is similar to A Class B in the FCC, more than A 9 k - 30 MHZ electromagnetic radiation test.


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