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AMPERE CUSTOM LED LIGHTING SOLUTIONS

When it comes to choosing a provider of custom creation of LED lighting in your home or office, there is much more to be considered than just how it will add beauty or custom functionality to your space.

With the introduction of LED into the market, it is now easy to purchase and install lighting virtually anywhere you want it. However, there are still many safety concerns and rules that govern what can be used in these applications as well as staying within code compliance that are being “overlooked” by many companies claiming to be experts in the field.

Ampere has over 20 years in business with Class 2, low-voltage devices and systems. Ampere’s policy is to be transparent with local and state government when it comes to products used in creating a customized solution for your project. We always want to provide the highest quality materials combined with aesthetics to produce your exact desires, while also staying within the safety guidelines and codes.

Things to Remember:

Most importantly, it is not easier to get forgiveness than permission when it comes to electrical inspections! Get your inspector involved early in the process and Ampere will show them what is being used to receive the assurance needed to easily pass the inspection.

Many inspectors already understand the use of UL1598 compliant, Type C luminaire configurations but there are “gray area” issues that may need to be dealt with. Inspectors are trying to keep you safe and they do not approve something that seems unknown or dangerous.

Ampere is always willing to provide the proper information to agencies or inspectors to let them know we use safety compliant components together to form your solution.

Below are some important things to ask a custom lighting solutions provider before choosing one. Choosing a provider based solely on lowest price, without asking if they use compliant devices or NRTL listed equipment can often end in disaster.

LED Testing And Certifications:

Although there are many tests not required to pass code inspection, these tests are crucial to the appearance of colors and many important aspects of the light.   There are regulations that govern how lights should behave, which safety regulations they need to follow, and what their true light output specifications are and Ampere works with suppliers that provide verification of tests that guarantee uniformity of output and longevity of the lifetime of LED’s.

Through the use of many tests and certifications, customers can rest easy knowing their products have been tested and approved for safety and effectiveness. The important tests and certifications for LED lights are described below. 

 

Certifications available for LED lighting-

  • CE- The European Commission (CE) mark is used to certify an industrial product for sale in the European Union. The CE mark certifies that products have passed EU safety, health, and environmental tests. 
  • DLC- The Design Lights Consortium is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting solid-state lighting and accelerating adoption of new lighting technologies for commercial environments. If a product is DLC certified, it has passed all of their internal testing related to product reliability and effectiveness. A huge perk to DLC certification is that it gives the consumer the ability to find accurate test results for the products on the DLC database, meaning they will know exactly what they are getting out of their lights. 
  • ETL Listed- The Edison Test Laboratories (ETL) mark is proof of compliance to North American safety standards. All 50 states of the USA and Canada accept the ETL listing as proof of product safety.
  • Energy Star- Energy Star certification is used to certify that a product produces 75% less energy than a comparable incandescent, lasts 15 times longer than an incandescent, has brightness equal or greater than existing technologies, will maintain its light output over greater time periods, and has excellent color quality. Energy Star certification is hard to find on LED products for cheap, and also allows for Instant Rebates from Xcel Energy (applies to Colorado only). 
  • UL Listed- If a product is UL Listed, it means that product has been tested by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and has passed their process for safety. UL listing opens the door to many utility rebate opportunities and proves that a product has been rigorously tested by a trusted organization. 

 

Other Important tests- 

  • LM79 - Conducted by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), this test is an approved method for measuring an LED luminaire or integral lamp as a whole system using specified equipment to ensure consistent results. This test provides the total luminous flux, luminous intensity distribution, electrical power characteristics, lumen output efficacy, and color characteristics like CRI and CCT. 
  • LM80- Also conducted by IESNA, this test is the approved standard for measuring lumen maintenance of LED sources. This test can apply to any piece of the LED system rather than the entire system itself, and is used by the Energy Star program to determine the rated lifespans of LED lights.