As the global energy economy grows so too does the demand for standards that transcend language and geographical borders. Math has been the universal language of energy efficiency, because Return on Investment (ROI) relies on fundamental levels of performance. A sustainable ROI requires consistency over time and the following standards define the overall “value” of LED tubes and the companies that produce the energy saving products. Linear fluorescent has dominated commercial ceilings world-wide since the middle of the last century, so this set of 10 LED tube standards for the Class A level defines a new level of performance to replace the less efficient fluorescent tube technology. This standard was also developed to assist property owners and managers in evaluating the different LED tube products and manufacturers on the market.
2013 International Class A-10 LED Tube Standards
The International Class-A “Advanced” LED Tube Standards include 10 Criteria that sets the benchmark for highest performance in the LED Tube industry.
#1: Efficiency: 100 lumens / watt or higher.
#2: Longevity: 50,000 hour rated life (L70) or higher with third party LM80 testing.
#3: UL Certification: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Classified, not just recognized LED Driver.
#4: CE Certification: Conformity European
Artificial Optical Radiation Directive: 2006/25/EC
Low Voltage Directive (LVD): 2006/95/EC
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive: 2004/108/EC
Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS): 2002/95/EC
#5: ISO-9001:2008 Certification: The International Organization for Standardization to foster consistency in LED Tube product delivery and quality assurance.
#6: Thermal Management: Heat Sinks with over 7” (17.78cm) of circumferential “perimeter” conductive surface.
#7: Power Supply: External Driver with multi-tube Driver Options for fixtures.
#8: Warranty: 5 years or longer on both the Tube and Power Supply.
#9: Rebate Ready Products: Performance Criteria across multiple regions and countries.
#10: LED Tube Light Quality and Control: Color Rendering Index (CRI) options for 80 or higher + Dimming down to 20% or lower + Beam angle adjustment within existing tombstone end brackets.