NVLAP Lab Bulletin LB-72-2013, Calibration of Integrating Spheres and Goniophotometers and Associated Measurement Uncertainty, has been issued effective February 8, 2013. This bulletin applies to all lighting laboratories.
The EPA has revised the program requirements for decorative light strings (V 1.5). Accreditation to 22/D03, CIE Pub. 127:1997, and 22/D04, IES TM-16:2005, is no longer required. These methods have been removed from the Test Method Selection List and will be removed from existing scopes of accreditation at a laboratory's next renewal time.
NVLAP is now accrediting to in-situ temperature method (ISTM) testing. Test methods 22/S15-S17 have been added to the Test Method Selection List. This accreditation is only in support of lumen and color maintenance testing of solid state products and is not intended to convey competence in product safety testing.
Links to NVLAP DocumentsNIST Handbook 150:2006, NVLAP Procedures and General RequirementsNIST Handbook 150-1:2010-12, NVLAP Energy Efficient Lighting ProductsNIST Handbook 150 Checklist (Word version)NIST Handbook 150-1 ChecklistEEL Test Method Selection ListTest Method Review Summary (Excel)
This site has been established for applicant and enrolled laboratories in the Energy Efficient Lighting (EEL) Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP). On this site you will find important program information and links to documents required for successful participation in the program.
The Energy Efficient Lighting (EEL) Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) was established by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) in 1991 at the request of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to accredit laboratories that perform certain types of lamp and luminaire testing. The program has evolved to support EPA ENERGY STAR® and Department of Energy (DoE) lighting efficiency programs. NVLAP is recognized by the EPA as an ENERGY STAR® testing laboratory accrediting body (AB) and by DoE as a CALiPER accrediting body.
For information on the requirements of accreditation see NIST Handbook 150 which contains the general requirements for accreditation of laboratories. In addition, NIST Handbook 150-1 contains specific requirements for energy efficient lighting laboratories.
Proficiency Testing Requirements
Laboratories applying for IES LM-79 accreditation must participate in NIST solid state lighting proficiency testing. Testing must be successfully completed before IES LM-79 will be added to the scope of accreditation. Laboratories applying for IES LM-79 accreditation will be invoiced $2800 US for the cost of enrolment in the program.
Periodically, NVLAP initiates interlaboratory proficiency testing for incandescent, compact fluorescent, and linear fluorescent testing laboratories. The final report for Round 12 was released in April of 2011. The next round is expected to start in the summer of 2013. The approximate cost is $1,000 US and laboratories with these types of testing on their scopes will be notified and invoiced when the round begins.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How much does accreditation cost?
A: Laboratories no longer submit the on-site assessment fee with their applications. Based on the Test Method Selection List submitted with the application, assessor feedback, and the duration of the last on-site assessment, laboratories will receive an invoice from Universal Technical Resource Services (UTRS) shortly after completing the application. Additional information about fees for accreditation is published on the NVLAP Fee Structure page of the NVLAP website.
Laboratories located outside of the United States: Non-U.S. laboratories pay actual expenses for assessments and will be invoiced the full cost of the assessment shortly after submitting the application.
Dr. C. Cameron Miller, NIST Optical Technology Division, in front of the NIST 2.5 m integrating sphere for LED measurements.
References & InformationENERGY STAR® ResourcesCALiPER ProgramIlluminating Engineering Society (IES)ENERGY STAR® TM-21 Calculator
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