To address the growing demand for energy-efficient lighting products and new 2012 lighting standards, CSA today unveiled a new 30,000 square-foot testing facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The laboratory provides testing and certification of LED and lighting products to more than 75 different standards as well as required third-party ENERGY STAR testing.
“This advanced laboratory facility will offer our clients a unique advantage in speed to market, as we can a provide full suite of service offerings in one location to address their overall needs for ENERGY STAR evaluation along with testing and certification of lighting products,” said Rich Weiser, vice president for US and Mexico operations, CSA Group. “This lab further expands CSA’s overall capabilities and capacity in the US to better enable it to deliver strategic regional and localized services to meet the growing demands of our clients in the rapidly growing LED lighting product market.”
The lab has the capacity to test thousands of lighting products for safety, light output, heat output, endurance, and light dispersion. The new lab is more than three times the size of CSA’s previous lighting lab in Atlanta and can test LED lighting products for use in homes, cars, boats, airport runways, flashlights, or streetlights, as well as more specialized applications such as to government or military specifications. The lab also provides full LM-79 testing, complete NRCan testing, and offers new automotive headlight testing.
To ensure that LED lighting products will last for thousands of hours, they are tested at room temperature as well as under adverse conditions in rooms heated to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20 to 25 percent of the energy of incandescent lamps and last up to 25 times longer than the incandescents they replace.
CSA International, a leading testing and certification organization, has been in the energy efficiency business for more than 40 years and has developed over 50 standards that support the advancement of the energy industry.
Recognized in the US, Canada, and around the world, CSA International certification marks appear on billions of products worldwide.