New Additions to the ETL
Building Lighting Controls now listed on the ETL
A welcome change to Building Lighting Controls means more ways to save
The 2023 refresh of Building Lighting Controls criteria has brought about a significant change as they transition from unlisted to listed on the ETL. This means that eligible building lighting control products must now register on the ETL, providing evidence that they meet the requirements of the new criteria.
Read on for more about this sub-technology, the reasons behind the change, and how it can be used to save energy and money.
Building Lighting Controls: what they are
Building lighting controls are an essential component in non-domestic buildings and are used in many areas including washrooms, meeting spaces, and hallways. They do not cover technology outside of the building, like streetlights for example. The controls specified for eligibility on the ETL will deliver savings irrespective of the luminaire types installed by utilising either;
- Presence detectors with associated controllers that monitor occupancy or movement of personnel, and automatically switch off lighting, or dim it down, when the area is unoccupied.
- Daylight detectors with associated dimming controllers that monitor daylight availability, and automatically dim lighting, by reducing its power consumption, to the level needed to sufficiently illuminate the area.
It’s also worth noting that while building lighting controls help you save energy, the controls and detectors need to be installed correctly to ensure lighting is optimised efficiently.
An ETL listing aligns all products to the highest standard
Purchasing an ETL-listed Building Lighting Control product ensures that you are investing in the best in its class for energy efficiency now that the criteria have been refreshed. The previous criteria included technologies like timers, which are now deemed to be inefficient in a post-Covid, hybrid working world.
BS EN 52120-1:2022 is one of the standard that governs lighting controls in a building. The standard provides a scale from Class D to Class A – with A representing the highest standard and the one that the ETL criteria adheres to. The ETL aligns with the highest requirement, class A, which includes presence and daylight detectors – these are considered the two product categories that meet the highest energy efficiency standards.
Choosing Building Lighting Controls
The criteria review process involved extensive consultation with industry experts, ensuring that the chosen criteria reflect the latest advancements in energy efficiency. This was made possible through collaborations with the lighting industry.
As part of this process, we liaised with manufacturers who we met through the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), who gave us valuable input into the development of the criteria. These manufacturers were also able to provide evidence of products’ energy efficiency for us to consider. You can find out more about the LIA here, and the SLL here.
With the updated criteria, only top performing products are listed, ensuring that customers have access to high-quality and energy-efficient options. You can read the full criteria here. If this is what you offer as a manufacturer or supplier of building lighting controls, then be sure to apply to get listed on the ETL today.
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