Indoor and decorative lighting in the marketplace
UL offers safety testing and certification, as well as performance testing for the wide variety of luminaires that exist for indoor and decorative lighting. In today’s market, indoor lighting encompasses many applications. Even though some products may be intended primarily for decorative purposes, key product performance attributes such as functionality, durability, energy efficiency and connectivity remain key concerns for manufacturers and consumers alike.
Task, accent and ambient lighting fixtures serve different functions in the home, with distinct differences in the way we use lighting in kitchens, bathrooms, offices, bedrooms, shared spaces and more. Serving as both aesthetic and functional necessities, there is a tremendous variety of indoor lighting products covering thousands of styles of ceiling fans, track and recessed lighting, chandeliers, sconces, pendants, table and floor lamps. In addition to styling, indoor and decorative lighting fixtures employ various lighting technologies, including incandescent, halogen, LED, fluorescent, solar and other types that add to the myriad of product choices consumers face.
While a variety of products and components fall under the indoor and decorative umbrella, UL has paths for safety testing and certification, and our experienced engineers are ready to walk you through the process.
Connected lighting for homes
As smart homes and buildings become more advanced and technology connects lighting and controls to home systems, safety and performance are increasingly important. From lighting systems to components like bulbs, plugs, switches and wall panels, affordable smart light options are quickly becoming more common in the market.
As lighting systems and IoT smart lighting take the industry beyond functional illumination to encompass multiple data and connection categories, the challenges of going to market are becoming increasingly complex. UL has local testing and Global Market Access solutions for manufacturers navigating connected lighting products.
Visit our page on Connected Lighting for more information on how UL can help you with cybersecurity, interoperability, testing to protocols, EMC wireless, and other testing related to connected lighting solutions.
The emerging lighting technologies that focus on the impact of light on health and well-being are growing rapidly. In residential applications, human-centric lighting (HCL) can impact mood and even circadian rhythms as new smart lighting that connects to your alarm system to encourage better sleep cycles is becoming more commonplace.
With people spending more time at home and indoors, quality decorative lighting sets the stage for creating a safe, secure and relaxing environment. Builders and contractors, consumers, lighting associations and industry publications all recognize the importance of lighting as a tool beyond mere illumination.
Visit our page for Human-centric lighting to learn more.
UL services for indoor and decorative lighting
UL offers a full range of testing and certification services for safety and performance through our worldwide network of laboratories and engineering facilities.
As the most recognized lighting certifier in the U.S. and issuer of IECEE CB Certificates worldwide, our safety testing for LEDs used in lighting products check for issues such as shock hazards, risk of fire and health concerns and biological hazards that could be caused by exposure to the electromagnetic radiation produced by these light sources.
Indoor and decorative lighting is commonly tested to UL 1598, the Standard for Luminaires, and UL 8750, the Standard for Light Emitting Diode (LED) Equipment for Use in Lighting Products to Standards, as well as to IEC, CSA and other international standards for your market needs.
In addition to safety testing, UL has a wide range of performance and energy efficiency testing services that help you demonstrate compliance with applicable industry, national and international standards, using data from an objective, independent source. We are accredited to test lighting products for energy efficiency programs such as Energy Star®, The DesignLights Consortium® and many more.