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Pole Mounted Luminaires

Connect with UL to discuss how we can help address safety and performance testing for your pole mounted luminaires and streetlights.

Pole mounted luminaires in the marketplace

As a part of the architecture of buildings and public spaces, pole mounted luminaires are an important segment of the lighting industry and are often expected to hide components and hardware within aesthetically pleasing, minimalist designs.

Pole mounted luminaires need to be accessible for technicians yet still fitted to protect components from debris, water, wildlife, and more. In addition to environmental factors and extreme weather conditions, pole mounted luminaires must also meet industry standards for energy efficiency, glare and other criteria for light distribution to ensure symmetrical and uniform area lighting. Using criteria from standards like UL 1598, the Standard for Luminaires, we can help with safety testing and certification, as well as performance testing.
While brackets, arms, poles and fixtures vary from application to application and come in a variety of materials and sizes, we have the experience to help you navigate the testing process.
Just like other infrastructure lighting, as mounted light poles evolve to include additional functionalities such as traffic and weather monitoring, wireless cellular signals, and other sensor and communication technology, the need for EMC and interoperability testing is also increasingly important. 

UL services for pole mounted luminaires

We offer a full range of testing and certification services for safety, performance and interoperability through our worldwide network of laboratories and engineering facilities. 

Our expertise and global network of laboratories can help you meet regional safety certification requirements, verify key product performance characteristics and qualify for utility rebate programs in the U.S. and other countries.  

For North American safety certification, pole mounted luminaires are evaluated for compliance with UL 1598, the Standard for Safety of Luminaires, including the applicable wet location requirements. Luminaires that incorporate the use of LED technology are also evaluated to UL 8750, the Standard for LED Equipment for Use in Lighting Products.

Additionally, many of these products are evaluated for Ingress Protection (IP), whereby they can obtain an applicable IP rating per EN 60529, which signifies the product’s ability to withstand penetration from moisture and dust.  

For global markets, pole mounted luminaires are regularly evaluated to the following standards and requirements:

  • CB certification IEC 60598-2-3
  • ENEC certification  EN 60598-2-3
  • ENEC+  EN 62722-2-1; EN 62717 modified by ENEC, plus EPRS 001, 002
  • IEC TR 62778 photobiological test
  • EN 62338 photobiological evaluation
  • EMC+EMF: EN 55015, EN 61000-3-2; EN 61000-3-3; EN 61574; EN 62493

Pole mounted luminaire for roadways may also be covered by the following SASO 2927 requirements:

  • IEC 60598-2-3, Safety 
  • IEC 62471, Photobiological risk evaluation 
  • IEC 60529, IP test
  • IEC 62262, IK test
  • ISO 9227, Salt spray (corrosion) test
  • ANSI C136.31, Vibration test

For performance testing, Design Lights Consortium (DLC) certification has become the model for utility rebate programs, under which infrastructure lighting including pole mounted luminaires is expected to comply with the new version 5.1 DLC requirements for solid state lighting. Typical tests performed include:

  • ANSI/IES LM-79 photometry testing
  • Backlight, uplight, and glare (BUG)
  • Controllability (dimming, integral controls, control communication)

Additionally, many municipalities have developed their own performance-based specifications that often include:

  • IP testing per IEC 60529
  • IK testing per IEC 62262
  • Vibration testing per ANSI C136.31

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