UL’s new program offers greater flexibility and safety in lighting products supply chain, reducing time and expense of lighting recertification
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 25, 2016 — UL,a global safety science organization, today announced the launch of its new Class P LED Driver Program. UL is the first Standards Development Organization to officially offer this type of program, giving luminaire suppliers and manufacturers of LED drivers increased flexibility in their supply chain. The program defines evaluation and testing guidelines for standardized LED driver constructions and ratings, allowing luminaire manufacturers to source alternate LED drivers without having to recertify their products. By further addressing the temperature considerations of an LED luminaire system, the Class P LED Driver Program will allow luminaire manufactures greater flexibility in LED driver substitution.
Manufacturers can benefit from a flexible supply chain in multiple ways. End-product luminaire manufacturers using an LED driver certified under the program may source multiple LED drivers without the need to resubmit for UL testing and recertification. This helps ensure continuity in the supply chain if an LED driver manufacturer discontinues a part. Certification under this LED Driver Program also increases flexibility in cost, as manufacturers can search for less expensive alternative components without incurring recertification costs. Finally, this new program offers manufacturers the ability to provide their end users with multiple options for supply voltages, dimming, and other LED driver features.
“UL is pleased to offer the Class P LED Driver Program to luminaire suppliers and manufacturers as a way to allow the industry to be more flexible in the marketplace, increase speed to market, and reduce certification costs,” said Michael Ritto, P.E., business development manager of UL’s lighting division.
“Our customers have traditionally relied on UL’s experience in the lighting industry to help sharpen their competitive edge,” said Ritto. “Now they can leverage UL’s lighting expertise worldwide, as our global market access program services provide efficient, cost-effective entrance to more than 50 countries.”