Certifications 101: A Roadmap to LEDs for Horticultural Environments

When it comes to the world of LED lighting-no two manufacturers are exactly alike. This can make navigating through the volume of information particularly challenging. Certifications provide growers with an objective way to “check off the boxes”.

Which Certification Should You Be Looking For?

First off, it’s important to know that not all certifications are mandated (or even necessary). This means that the lighting manufacturer will often choose which certification to apply for, a decision which is usually based on their target application and product specifications. For example, a reputable manufacturer may choose to invest in a higher grade certification instead of a more standardized one because it incorporates all of the requirements of the standard certification, while also verifying additional factors that are critical for the industry.

This Means That:

A. Most reputable manufacturers will choose a handful of certifications.

B. Exercise caution when reviewing if your chosen light is certified. Some manufacturers may either falsify the certifications, make broad claims (certifying one product but not the others), or over-market lower end certifications (making their lights sound better than they actually are).

Thankfully, a quick search on the Certification website will help weed out those lights who make false certification claims. Before crossing the light off your list, remember not all manufacturers are certified under their public name. For example: Our certifications are listed under our registered name not our public name: Aelius LED. Most certifications require regular renewal, so ask to see a copy of the most recent paperwork if you can’t find what you are looking for online.

This is why most of the top LED manufacturers have chosen only a handful of certifications. These manufacturers know the needs of their customer base and so they choose the certifications that will check off those boxes. But, how do you know which certifications are right for your business?

In our last post, we begin dissecting the labels with our discussion about ingress rating and what the numbers behind the IP mean. However, Ingress rating is just one component to consider when choosing your lighting.

The Basics:

Demand for LED lights in the indoor growing space has skyrocketed due to their consistent performance, low heat output, and energy efficiency. High humidity, high temperatures, pressurized sprays, watering, and air-born contaminants all place LED lights under an extreme amount of pressure.

When selecting your lights you need to not only make sure that they are safe but that they consistently perform.

Certifications help growers get past the marketing hype by quickly highlighting who are the reputable LED manufacturers in their space. At the same time, they provide the purchaser with a road map to help decipher which lights have been authorized for their specific environment or country and identify the reputable LED manufacturers in their space.