You have probably seen some of the marks below on products such as appliances or computer equipment. While these entities have been around for many years, the parameters for certifications on horticulture lighting are still in their infancy. It will be important to pay attention to these certifications as they continue to develop, specifically when it comes to obtaining electrical rebates.
What is DLC?
Design Lights Consortium – a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing commercial lighting solutions. As a partner of local energy efficiency groups and utility companies, DLC sets standards for fixtures intended to guide rebate incentives from member programs throughout North America.
What is UL?
Underwriters Laboratories – a safety certification company approved by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to perform safety and product testing on new products. UL sets standards for various product categories and awards the UL mark as proof of compliance to those standards.
What is ETL?
ETL is a nationally recognized certification program by Intertek to test and certify products to specific quality and safety standards. The ETL Mark is proof of product compliance to a set of performance criteria for a particular set of product characteristics.