LED Standards & Regulations

As the general lighting landscape continues to evolve, LED lighting for general illumination is being adopted as a viable alternative to traditional lighting due to its unique characteristics and its energy savings potential.

New technologies require new standards and testing benchmarks. This section of our web site is designed to keep you up to date and informed on the progress of standards and regulation related to solid state lighting for general illumination and to provide resources and information.

The basics:

Why Standardization and Regulations?

From an industry perspective standards and regulations provide a platform for consistent language in regard to definitions, test methods, laboratory accreditation and for product design, manufacturing and testing.

From a governmental perspective, regulation helps ensure public safety, provides consumer protection, regulates energy consumption and monitors environmental issues.

Standards are voluntary and Regulations are mandatory.

Standards and Regulations

In this edition of the LED Lighting News, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors gives insight into industry standards and regulations, presenting information on how they provide a platform of consistent language in regards to test methods, definitions, laboratory accreditation and more.

Standards and Regulations - LED Lighting News from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

International Standards Organization

ISO-International Standards Organization

Industry bodies for LED Standardization in the US

Professional Associations
IESNA- Illumination Engineering Society of North America
IEEE- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Standard Organizations
UL- Underwriters Laboratories
ANSI- American National Standards Institute

Trade Association
NEMA- National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Government Agencies
DOE-Department of Energy
Energy Star Program
EPA -Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Standard Organizations
Organizations that are developing LED Lighting Safety Standards.

U.S. Government Regulations and LED Programs
Federal and local government regulatory positions

Energy Star


Energy Star is the national symbol for energy efficiency. It is a voluntary energy efficiency labeling program that establishes criteria manufacturers can use to promote qualifying products, guiding consumers in making informed decisions about products that save energy, relative to standard technology.

The Energy Star logo serves as a marketing platform for retailers, manufacturers, and utilities to promote energy efficient products. The designation is awarded to products that meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Energy Star Program Requirements for Solid State Lighting Luminaires