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Light strips have become increasingly popular in recent years, and they are now commonly used in homes and industries. Before a light strip can be launched into the market, it must undergo a series of rigorous tests to ensure that it is safe for use.

How can GTG assist you with the tests on light strip?

  • Insulation resistance test: the insulation resistance test is conducted to ensure that the insulation used in the light strip is adequate and can withstand high voltage without breaking down.
  • Dielectric withstand test: the dielectric withstand test is conducted to ensure that the light strip can withstand a high voltage without breaking down. This test is crucial because if the insulation fails, the light strip can become a fire hazard.
  • Ground continuity test: the ground continuity test is conducted to ensure that the light strip is properly grounded. This test is essential because a faulty ground can cause electrical shock and other hazards.
  • Leakage current test: the leakage current test is conducted to ensure that the light strip does not leak current to the ground. This test is crucial because if the light strip leaks current, it can cause electrical shock and other hazards.
  • Overvoltage test: the overvoltage test is conducted to ensure that the light strip can withstand a high voltage without breaking down. This test is crucial because if the light strip fails to withstand a high voltage, it can become a fire hazard.

(2) Photometric test

  • Luminous flux test: the luminous flux test measures the total amount of light emitted by a light strip. This test is important as it determines the brightness level of the light strip. The test is done using a photometer that measures the total light output in lumens.
  • Color temperature test: color temperature is an important factor to consider when choosing lighting solutions. The color temperature test measures the color of the light emitted by the light strip. This test is done using a spectrometer that measures the wavelength of the light.
  • Color rendering index test: color rendering index (CRI) is a measure of how well a light source can reproduce colors accurately. The CRI test is done using a spectrometer that measures the spectral power distribution of the light emitted by the light strip.
  • Flicker test: flicker is a rapid change in the light output of a light source that can cause discomfort and even seizures in some people. The flicker test measures the flicker frequency and amplitude of the light emitted by the light strip. This test is done using a photometer that measures the light output over time.
  • Uniformity test: uniformity is an important factor to consider when choosing lighting solutions. The uniformity test measures the variation in light output across the surface of the light strip. This test is done using a photometer that measures the light output at different points on the light strip.
  • Beam angle test: the beam angle test measures the spread of light emitted by the light strip. This test is done using a goniophotometer that measures the light intensity at different angles.

(3) Photobiological safety test

  • Spectral irradiance test: this test measures the spectral distribution of the light emitted by the light strip. It’s important to ensure that the light strip doesn’t emit any harmful wavelengths, such as ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) radiation.
  • Blue light hazard test: this test measures the potential for blue light to cause damage to the retina. Blue light has been linked to age-related macular degeneration, so it’s important to ensure that the light strip emits a safe amount of blue light.
  • Flicker test: this test measures the amount of flicker in the light emitted by the light strip. Flicker can cause headaches and eye strain, so it’s important to ensure that the light strip doesn’t produce any noticeable flicker.

(4) EMC test

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing is a type of testing that is done on electronic devices to determine their ability to function correctly in an environment where there are other electronic devices. EMC testing is done to ensure that electronic devices do not create electromagnetic interference (EMI) that could affect other electronic devices’ proper functioning.

  • Radiated emissions test: the radiated emissions test is done to determine the amount of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the light strip. The test involves placing the light strip in a special chamber where it is exposed to an electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic field is then measured to determine the amount of radiation that the light strip emits.
  • Conducted emissions test: the conducted emissions test is done to determine the amount of electromagnetic radiation that is conducted through the power supply cables of the light strip. The test involves connecting the light strip to a power supply and measuring the amount of radiation that is conducted through the cables.
  • Radiated immunity test: the radiated immunity test is done to determine the ability of the light strip to function correctly in an environment where there are other electronic devices. The test involves placing the light strip in a special chamber where it is exposed to an electromagnetic field. The light strip’s functionality is then tested to determine if it is affected by the electromagnetic field.
  • Conducted immunity test: the conducted immunity test is done to determine the ability of the light strip to function correctly when there is electromagnetic interference through the power supply cables. The test involves connecting the light strip to a power supply and subjecting it to electromagnetic interference through the cables. The light strip’s functionality is then tested to determine if it is affected by the electromagnetic interference.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) test: the electrostatic discharge (ESD) test is done to determine the ability of the light strip to function correctly when there is a sudden discharge of static electricity. The test involves subjecting the light strip to a sudden discharge of static electricity and testing its functionality to determine if it is affected by the discharge.
  • Surge test: the surge test is done to determine the ability of the light strip to function correctly when there is a sudden surge of voltage. The test involves subjecting the light strip to a sudden surge of voltage and testing its functionality to determine if it is affected by the surge.
  • Magnetic field immunity test: the magnetic field immunity test is done to determine the ability of the light strip to function correctly when there is an electromagnetic field created by a magnetic source. The test involves subjecting the light strip to an electromagnetic field created by a magnetic source and testing its functionality to determine if it is affected by the field.
  • Voltage dips and interruptions test: the voltage dips and interruptions test is done to determine the ability of the light strip to function correctly when there is a sudden dip or interruption in the power supply voltage. The test involves subjecting the light strip to a sudden dip or interruption in the power supply voltage and testing its functionality to determine if it is affected by the dip or interruption.

(5) Energy efficiency test

  • Luminous efficacy test: luminous Efficacy is the measurement of how well a light source produces visible light. It is calculated as lumens per watt and is the most crucial factor to consider while testing the energy efficiency of a light strip.
  • Power consumption test: power consumption is another essential factor to consider while testing the energy efficiency of a light strip. It is the measurement of how much power a light strip consumes while turned on. The lower the power consumption, the better the energy efficiency.
  • Power factor test: the power factor test measures the efficiency of the LED strip power supply. A higher power factor means that the power supply is more energy-efficient. To test the power factor, you can use a power factor meter to measure the efficiency of the power supply.

(6) Mechanical tests

  • Bend test: the bend test determines the flexibility of the strip and how much it can bend without breaking. The strip is bent over a certain radius to check its durability.
  • Torsion test: the torsion test measures the ability of the light strip to withstand twisting forces. The strip is twisted in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction to check its resistance to torsion.
  • Impact test: the impact test measures the ability of the light strip to withstand sudden impacts. The strip is dropped from a certain height onto a hard surface to check its ability to withstand impact.
  • Vibration test: the vibration test measures the ability of the light strip to withstand vibrations. The strip is subjected to vibrations of different frequencies and amplitudes to check its durability.
  • Compression test: the compression test measures the ability of the light strip to withstand compressive forces. The strip is placed between two plates and compressed to check its resistance to compression.
  • Tension test: the tension test measures the ability of the light strip to withstand tensile forces. The strip is pulled in opposite directions to check its resistance to tension.

(7) Environmental test

Environmental tests on light strips are conducted to assess their performance and durability under various environmental conditions. These tests help ensure that the light strips can withstand different factors and continue to function properly. Here are some common environmental tests for light strips:

  • Temperature test: light strips are subjected to extreme temperature conditions, including both high and low temperatures, to evaluate their performance and reliability. This helps determine if they can operate effectively in different climates.
  • Humidity test: light strips may undergo humidity test to assess their resistance to moisture. This is important, especially in areas with high humidity or where the light strips may be exposed to moisture or damp environments.
  • UV test: light strips may undergo UV test to assess their resistance to ultraviolet radiation. This is particularly important for outdoor light strips that are exposed to sunlight, as prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause degradation and discoloration.
  • Salt spray test: if the light strips are intended for outdoor or marine applications, they may undergo salt spray testing to evaluate their resistance to corrosion caused by saltwater exposure.

How can GTG assist you with the certifications or markings for light strip?

(1) UL certification

The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Certification is a widely recognized safety certification in North America. UL certification ensures that the product has passed rigorous testing and meets the safety standards set forth by UL.

(2) ETL certification

ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories) is a widely recognized certification organization that evaluates the safety and performance of electrical products. ETL certification is similar to UL certification, as both are Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) in the United States.

ETL is a mark provided by Intertek, a global testing and certification organization. When a light strip carries the ETL certification mark, it means that it has undergone thorough testing and evaluation by Intertek to meet applicable safety standards.

(3) FCC certification

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Certification is a requirement for electronic devices that emit radio frequency energy. FCC certification ensures that the product meets the radio frequency emission standards set forth by the FCC.

(4) CE certification

The Conformité Européenne (CE) Certification is a safety certification required for products sold in the European Union. CE certification ensures that the product meets the safety standards set forth by the European Union.

(5) RoHS certification

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Certification is a requirement for products sold in the European Union. RoHS certification ensures that the product does not contain harmful substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium.

(6) Energy Star certification

The Energy Star Certification is a program run by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Energy Star certification ensures that the product meets energy efficiency standards set forth by the EPA and DOE.

(7) TUV certification

The Technischer Überwachungsverein (TUV) Certification is a safety certification widely recognized in Europe. TUV certification ensures that the product has passed safety testing and meets the safety standards set forth by TUV.

(8) DLC listing

DLC (DesignLights Consortium) listing is applicable to LED light strips and signifies compliance with specific energy efficiency and performance requirements. It is often used for commercial lighting products to qualify for utility rebates and incentives.

(9) ENEC certification

ENEC (European Norms Electrical Certification) is a European certification mark that demonstrates compliance with European safety standards for electrical products, including light strips.

(10) SASO certification

The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) Certification is a safety certification required for products sold in Saudi Arabia. SASO certification ensures that the product meets the safety standards set forth by SASO.

(11) CCC certification

The China Compulsory Certification (CCC) is a safety certification required for products sold in China. CCC certification ensures that the product meets the safety standards set forth by the Chinese government.

(12) BIS certification

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Certification is a safety certification required for products sold in India. BIS certification ensures that the product meets the safety standards set forth by the Indian government.

(13) SAA certification

The Standards Association of Australia (SAA) Certification is a safety certification required for products sold in Australia. SAA certification ensures that the product meets the safety standards set forth by the Australian government.

(14) PSE marking

The PSE (Product Safety Electrical Appliance & Material) marking is a certification mark used in Japan. It indicates that a light strip has been tested and certified to comply with the safety standards set by the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law of Japan.

Why the biggest brands trust GTG Group?

GTG Group (Global Testing Group) is a certification company that offers testing and certification services to different industries. Our expertise in light strip testing and certification has made us a trusted name in the industry.

(1) Independent and impartial testing

GTG Group is a third-party testing company, which means we are not affiliated with any specific manufacturer. This impartiality can provide camera manufacturers and consumers with confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the testing process, and ensure that the camera meets the required standards.

(2) Confidentiality and security

GTG Group understands the importance of confidentiality and security when it comes to testing and certification. We ensure that our clients’ data and information are kept confidential and secure at all times. This ensures that our clients’ intellectual property and trade secrets are protected.

Contact GTG Group today for light strip testing and certification to avoid any legal issues that may arise from using a faulty light strip.

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