While lights and/or lighting products that you purchase are manufactured for light, they should also come with certifications for safety. There are various certifications and all our products have UL and ETL Listings for safety. Not all products have both of these certifications as it’s not required but having one will guarantee your light has been analyzed and tested for safety by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). That said, we are here to help you understand what UL and ETL certificates are and what they are for.
What Is A UL Certification?
UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories. You will notice there are millions of products around the world that have a small UL Logo on the products. Underwriters Laboratories is a non-profit certification agency that has been providing safety and security for people since 1894. This agency is an OSHA or Occupational Safety & Health Administration and Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory. Their focus is on creating safe living and working conditions. To do so, the lab must ensure that every product they test meets certain safety and quality requirements.
According to UL, their extensive services include the certification of a product, facility, a process or system that meet industry standards and requirements that, in turn, are recognized by UL.
To date, UL has well over 40 different kinds of certifications for safety including 1,614 set standards. They provide certifications such as ECOLOGO® that benefits the environment and others that benefit life and health including the Wellness certificate. The Wellness certificate guarantees that the products have been tested and meet the WELL Building Standard requirements.
Manufacturers apply for product testing and will receive various safety measurements which will include the UL Listed, Classified, or Recognized marks.
The UL Listing:
These marks will indicate that a given product has met UL’s set safety requirements to ensure there is a low risk from electrical or fire occurrences along with other hazards. Any product with these marks is considered an end product or finished product. At some point, a UL representative will show up, unannounced, to a manufacturer to ensure the product is still meeting their requirements.
When a product is stamped as UL Listed, it’s for damp, wet, or dry locations.
What Is An ETL Certification?
ETL stands for Intertek’s Electrical Testing Labs. Just like UL, Intertek is an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Lab focusing on creating safe working and living conditions. Products are tested to meet safety standards and then receive certification from Intertek’s ETL.
ETL has been around for a very long time and has over 1,000 labs in over 100 countries. It’s actually commonplace for lighting to have the ETL marks or measurements because it’s easier to get than a UL certification. Similarly to UL, Intertek’s Electrical Testing Labs will send out a representative, unannounced, to the manufacturer to ensure the product is meeting its requirements.
Intertek tests for various standards including UL, ULC, ASME, ASTM, ANSI, CSA, NFPA, NOM, and NSF. The company has 24 different certifications for anything from safety to health and even environmental purposes. Some examples include the Clean Air Indoor Air Quality and Green Leaf marks.
You will have great peace of mind knowing that both UL an ETL certifications are exceptional proof that a product is safe.