Bonita Springs, FL, January 1, 2017 – Global Tech LED announced today that their engineering lab has been accepted into the UL Client Test Data Program [CTDP] under UL’s Data Acceptance Program [DAP] last week after a successful audit by UL. The UL Client Test Data Program is a program qualifying labs to test and provide certified data for submissions for UL certification. “This was my number one priority, seeing how valuable the lab would be to our company and our future” says Michael Prainito, CTO at Global Tech LED, “We have been working diligently at building this lab for a long time. Our efforts were validated when we were approved on the first audit, which is very difficult to achieve.”
When submitting a product for UL safety certification, a company must provide test data from a UL certified testing lab. For most companies that means going directly to UL to run the necessary tests for UL safety certification. Going through such a process takes a large amount of time and money making the process of UL certification, in many circumstances, slow and cumbersome. UL labs test for a large amount of clients, tests get added to the queue in a first come first serve process. This often results in waiting weeks, or longer, for the tests to start.
“Having a lab in house that is part of the UL Client Test Data Program means greatly increased efficiency and reduced time to market for new products, which is of great importance in the evolving world of LED lighting” says Geoffrey Pfeiffer, Senior Manager of Engineering and Compliance at Global Tech LED, “The cost savings are massive, when you consider how quick we can obtain UL approval(s), which helps to keep our products competitive in the lighting market.”
UL safety certifications are doubly important for high output LED lighting as they are also needed for any product to qualify under the DLC (Design Lights Consortium) for energy rebates and incentives. In many areas of the country where energy costs are higher, sales of LED lighting systems rely heavily on being qualified for rebates. Without the DLC qualification, an LED product cannot compete with others that qualify for rebates.
Global Tech LED looks forward to a record breaking year in the speed and efficiency of attaining the necessary test data to submit for UL safety certification as well as for DLC qualification. The future looks bright with Global Tech LED.