Boxborough, Mass. - TÜV Rheinland, a global provider of compliance testing and certification, has introduced its Smart Lighting Program to test new products for safety, EMC and wireless standards. Offering global expertise and streamlined solutions, the testing program is expected to speed up time to market for lighting manufacturers. This will become even more important as demand for Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth, and Zigbee-connected products grows, and the number of apps and devices that control these smart lights increases.
“TÜV Rheinland created the Smart Lighting Program to provide lighting manufacturers the technical guidance and necessary data for a speedier time to market,” said Sagar Patel, LED and lighting program manager, in a statement.
“Manufacturers want to know at a very early stage if a new product meets all the requirements for intended markets and if there are any failures pertaining to regulations, performance or interoperability. These failures can cause considerable hurdles and delays with product launch,” Patel further stated.
Lighting products covered under the program include general-purpose luminaires, self-ballasted lamps, and associated components such as LED drivers and controllers. The program will test products for safety, EMC, and a full portfolio of Wi-Fi, Wi-Sub, Wi-Gig, ZigBee and Bluetooth standards. Companies making ZigBee- and Wi-Fi- compatible devices currently use TÜV Rheinland for testing needs because it is the only test lab approved for both organizations, according to TÜV Rheinland.
In addition to its U.S. facilities, TÜV Rheinland operates four laboratories in the European Union (EU) and six in Asia, providing testing capabilities at or near a manufacturer’s target markets. Manufacturers can also leverage other testing tools such as the ZigBee Test Tool, which can be used as a field device to perform profile testing.
The organization tests lighting products to a variety of requirements including safety, EMC, international approvals, wireless standards, performance testing, Energy Star, DesignLights Consortium and LED Lighting Facts programs. It also tests to the European Union’s RoHS and REACH directives.