UL and Relux Establish Agreement Enabling Lighting Manufacturers to Share Verified Photometric Product Data
New UL Verified Mark provides peace of mind to industry professionals and end users.
BASEL, April 10, 2017 —UL, a global safety science organization, and Relux Informatik AG, a company focused on the development, production and marketing of lighting planning and product presentation software, today announced the signing of their agreement, based on the launch of the new UL marketing claim Verification program– which verifies photometric data against ISO/EN 13032 orLM 79– that for the first time enables lighting manufacturers to have third-party verification of their declared photometric data of their lighting products and share this information using Relux’s transparent, easy-to-use database. The database offers lighting professionals and end users the ability to conveniently search for the products they really need.
With this agreement and the launch of the UL marketing claim Verification program for photometric data, verified photometric data will be uploaded into the Relux database, satisfying both the needs of lighting professionals to have a transparent and clear picture of what they buy, and also the aim of lighting manufacturers to offer reliable products.
Navigating the lighting market is not easy, due to the broad range of product characteristics available. Until now, the lighting characteristics of products have been declared by each manufacturer, and may be difficult to compare or verify. However, to date using self-declared claims has been the only way for a lighting professional to search for products with specific performance characteristics.
As scientific research advances, light and its qualities have become more relevant to daily life; the biological effects of light are a common research topic, while the principles of “human-centric lighting” and circadian rhythms have become more frequent in our vocabulary. It is clear how powerful light can be – by giving a new life to cities, buildings and architecture; by providing security to unattended areas; as a tool to improve connectivity and progress in smart cities; and, above all, by allowing people to perceive reality in the truest way possible.
“Performance in the lighting industry is and will be an increasingly important factor in market product differentiation,” said Roberto Inclinati, global commercial leader in UL’s lighting division. “This marketing claim Verification program with the UL Verified Mark and the agreement with Relux support our effort to offer additional guidance to lighting designers, architects and all those professionals who demand quality lighting, UL believes that this new Verified Mark will enable manufacturers to stand out from the competition.”
“The strategic cooperation of Relux and UL will provide the highest level of transparency and correctly measured and verified data for lighting fixtures. For that purpose, Relux and UL will establish a system where users can check if declared photometric data are UL Verified, to help ensure the expected results. This new cooperation and the new Verified mark will improve the reliability and accuracy of the lighting simulations with Relux tools” says Markus Hegi, CEO at Relux Informatik AG.
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Relux Informatik AG, Switzerland, is an established company for the development, production and marketing of lighting planning and product presentation software. The company is active worldwide and works together closely with its representations. Relux is now a standard in contemporary lighting planning. The company was founded as a joint stock company in February 1998 by three luminaire manufacturers. Since 2010, Relux Informatik AG is an independent privately held company by his management team. Relux will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018. Relux Informatik AG, Switzerland, offers users innovative and high-performance lighting planning software with open interfaces and simultaneous access to current product data from luminaire, sensor and lamp manufacturers. Through the contributions paid by Relux members, these high-quality planning aids can generally be made available to users free of charge or for a small license fee in some cases.