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UL To Open Photometric And Performance Testing Center In Brea, California

05/01/2015
UL, a global safety science organization, plans to open a new 19,000-square-foot laboratory to provide manufacturers increased testing capacity and shortened turn-around times in Brea, California.

The state-of-the-art Photometric and Performance Testing Center will allow UL to provide more responsive and efficient service to regional customers in the western United States, company officials said. The lab 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 UL laboratory in Brea will also provide performance and quality assurance testing services for the entire supply chain in the lighting industry, including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, specifiers, and designers. “The International Organization for Standardization/ International Electrotechnical Commission 17025-accredited lab will enhance UL's ability to deliver industry-leading turnaround times for verifying product performance. The lab will offer expanded photometric testing services with computer-controlled goniophotometers and integrating spheres to test luminaires and lamps,” company officials said.

"We are excited to bring localized performance testing services to a very important region within the lighting industry," said Todd Straka, business development director, Global Lighting. "The rapid pace of innovation for LED technology continues, and we understand how critical time-to-market is for our customers. Along with our safety laboratory, also located in Brea, UL will have the ability to provide more efficient, bundled safety and performance testing services to our customers, which will help them to more efficiently navigate the testing and certification process and ultimately get their products to market faster."

The Brea lab will complement UL's other North American Lighting Performance Center of Excellence in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as well as UL's other global Lighting Performance COEs in China, Italy and India that each provide high-quality evaluations of LED product performance.

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