Certifications & Safety



Illuminex Lighting looks for and promotes the use of products that have been provided and tested for approval and certification or listing acceptance by the following recognized organizations that are dedicated to product and consumer safety. These are some of the organizations that we look to and their requirements are used all over the world however some are considered more useful or appropriate in certain geographic regions.


Underwriters Laboratory (UL) provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising and training services to a wide range of clients, including manufacturers, retailers, policymakers, regulators, service companies, and consumers. With offices in 46 countries it has participated in the safety analysis of many of the last century’s new technologies, most notably the public adoption of electricity and the drafting of safety standards for electrical devices and components.

The ETL Mark is proof of product compliance (electrical, gas and other safety standards) to North American safety standards. Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) across the US and Canada accept the ETL Listed Mark as proof of product safety. Intertek (ETL mark) is an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) recognized NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) and is accredited as a Testing Organization and Certification Body by the Standards Council of Canada and has more than 60 laboratories across North and South America, Europe and Asia to deliver electrical safety testing and product certification.


The CE mark, or formerly EC mark, is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Aras (EEA) since 1985. The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA. This makes the CE marking recognizable worldwide even to people who are not familiar with the European Economic Area. It is in that sense similar to the FCC Declaration of Conformity used on certain electronic devices sold in the United States.

CSA International (Canadian Standards Association) is a  provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA’s marks appear on billions of products worldwide and is accredited  by national agencies including as an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory and by the ANSI American National Standards Institute.




As a guideline towards product reliability and performance, approvals or certifications by independent organizations can play an important part in the purchasing decision. A few of the most commonly recognized and used are the Design Lights Consortium (the DLC), Energy Star (ES), the Lighting Facts Label and testing by the Lighting Design Lab (LDL). Following is a brief description of each organization.


Lighting Facts is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy that showcases LED products for general illumination from manufacturers who commit to testing products and reporting performance results according to industry standards.

The Lighting Design Lab is a commercial & industrial lighting (not-for-profit) education facility funded by major NW electric utilities & conservation partners. We promote energy efficient lighting through consultations, evaluations, mockup demonstrations, and classes.


The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), a regional non-profit founded in 1996 whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. The DLC promotes quality, performance and energy efficient commercial sector lighting solutions through collaboration among its federal, regional, state, utility, and energy efficiency program members; luminaire manufacturers; lighting designers and other industry stakeholders throughout the U.S. and Canada.

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.  It is most typically concerned and standards suite to consumer, meaning residential, lighting products and applications.