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The new international standard used to test the performance of LEDS is: IEC/PAS 62612:2009(E): Selfballasted LED-lamps for general lighting services - Performance requirements. As with other IEC
lighting standards this was produced by TC34 lamps and lighting equipment.
The IEC/PAS 62612:2009(E) standard specifies the performance requirements for self-ballasted LED
lamps with a supply voltage up to 250 V, together with the test methods and conditions required,
intended for domestic and similar general lighting purposes, having a rated wattage up to 60 W and a
rated voltage of up to 250 V AC or DC.
Self-ballasted LED-lamps for general lighting services - Performance requirements
LED lighting is an emerging technology which is not yet regulated for efficiency, but is subjected to
several labelling and endorsement schemes, including ENERGY STAR. Due to the fact that this is a
new area where the United States has been working to establish a technical lead, there are essentially
a new body of testing standards that are being produced. In addition, the organizations involved in
developing these standards including international standards groups, who are working to try and
ensure the standards developed will be broadly applicable. The groups who are supporting the
development of LED standards in the United States include:

American National Standards Institute

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
Canadian Standards Association, International
International Electrotechnical Committee
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (US)
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Commission Internationale de lEclairage (International Commission on Lighting)
US Department of Energy / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The graphic below, presented at a DOE workshop held in August 2009, illustrates the structure of the
standards-making bodies in the US.

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Figure 4

Structure of US standards-making bodies

The primary testing standards that have been developed out of this work to date include:

ANSI/NEMA C78.377-2008: Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting

Products - specifies the recommended chromaticity (color) ranges for white light LEDs with
various correlated color temperatures (CCTs).
NEMA.SSL-1: Power Supply - will specify operational characteristics and electrical safety
of SSL power supplies and drivers.
IESNA LM-79-2008: IESNA Approved Method for the Electrical and Photometric
Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products - specifies procedures for measuring total
luminous flux, electrical power, luminous efficacy, and chromaticity of SSL luminaires and
replacement lamp products.
IESNA LM-80-2008: IESNA Approved Method for Measuring Lumen Maintenance of LED
Light Sources - specifies procedures for determining lumen maintenance of LEDs and LED
modules (but not luminaires) related to effective useful life of the product.
CIE 127:2007: Measurements of LEDs - addresses LED luminous intensity measurement;
applies only to individual LEDs, not to arrays or luminaires.
IES RP-16: Addendum a, Nomenclature and Definitions for Illuminating Engineering provides industry-standard definitions for terminology related to solid-state lighting.

There are other testing standards currently in development; a partial list is provided here:

NEMA SSL-1, Driver Performance Standard

NEMA LSD-49, Solid-State LightingBest Practices for Dimming
UL 8750, LED Safety
TM-21, Method for Estimation of LED Life
LM-XX1, Approved Method for the Measurements of High Power LEDs

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Conclusion: overall, there is no significant variation between the standards being developed
internationally due to the fact that this is a new product and the standards development process is
recent. LEDS therefore appear to present an excellent opportunity for globally harmonised test
procedures providing efforts are made to ensure there is sufficient cohesion in the process.

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