Through a partnership with Gamma Scientific, SGS Consumer Testing Services, a announced an expansion of its solid state luminaire testing services in North America to encompass LM-79 photometric measurements. Gamma Scientific is a manufacturer of precision light measurement equipment and LED testing solutions. Complete lighting service solutions – including safety, EMC, performance, ENERGY STAR® and photometric evaluations – will now be offered as a single consolidated source for faster service.
Safety, EMC and performance testing will be performed by SGS’ dedicated E&E lab in Atlanta, Georgia USA, with optional ENERGY STAR® energy efficiency testing under the same roof. Photometric testing will be handled at Gamma Scientific’s NVLAP-accredited laboratory (lab code 200823-0) in San Diego, California.
Gamma Scientific’s lab has LM-79 accreditation for total flux measurements (Luminous Efficacy) for SSL luminaries, and luminous intensity measurements for solid state luminaries. SGS notes that luminaire companies will be able to source all services from a single provider and deal with one account manager for faster communication and better accountability, enabling the creation of custom testing schedules to meet market demands.
SGS points out the specific advantages of working with Gamma Scientific for photometry testing include: Experience in performing photometry testing on LED and LED retrofit lighting products ranging from LED light bulbs to high bay fixtures and street lights; The availability of state-of-the-art equipment developed and manufactured by Gamma Scientific to provide total LED test solutions; The ability to test luminaires up to 30″ x 30″ for Luminous Intensity Distribution, with a new goniometer that allows testing of lamp tubes as long as 4 feet.