Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced plans to open a new 19,000-sq-foot laboratory in Brea, California. The facility is scheduled to open in July.
The new Photometric & Performance Testing Center will conduct testing of lighting products to various global energy-efficiency programs such as Illuminating Engineering Society LM-79, Energy Star, DesignLights Consortium, LED Lighting Facts, Zhaga, California Energy Commission and National Resources Canada.
The new laboratory will provide performance and quality assurance testing services for the entire supply chain in the lighting industry, including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, specifiers and designers. The lab will offer expanded photometric testing services with computer-controlled goniophotometers and integrating spheres to test luminaires and lamps.
Along with its safety laboratory, also located in Brea, UL will have the ability to provide more efficient, bundled safety and performance testing services to its customers.
The Brea lab complements UL’s existing Lighting Performance Centers of Excellence in Allentown, Pennsylvania, China, Italy and India. The safety science organization supports the global lighting industry with testing and certification services in more than 50 countries.
The new laboratory is International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission 17025 (ISO/IEC 17025)-accredited.