UL and NRTL System No Longer Required for Lighting Manufacturers




UL and NRTL System No Longer Required for Lighting Manufacturers

UL and NRTL System No Longer Required for Lighting Manufacturers

Beginning as early as June 2013 UL and the NRTL System will no longer be required for Certifying and Testing of Lighting Fixture Housings, Components, and Assemblies.
The National Association of Independent Lighting Manufacturers (NAILM) will adopt the American Lighting Testing Authority's (ALTA) Testing Standard (TS84) at their Annual Meeting and conference this year in April at Lightfair 2013.
NAILM announced that it will file a Federal Law Suit against OSHA and NRTL Agencies for Anti-Trust violations which has allowed <5 NRTL agencies to Monopolize the testing and certification market which in turn has resulted in excessive fees. NAILM will add any Government Agency to the suit that refuses to accept Manufacturers that use ALTA as their certifying Agency and TS84 as their testing standard. 
UL spends several hundred thousand dollars a year Lobbying to protect their financial position which has resulted in a Monopolized Trade with significant barriers to entry. 
In April of 2008, UL met with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to promote their conversion from a Non-Profit to a For-Profit Status citing increased competition as the reason. Unfortunately for the Lighting Industry increased profit just allows for higher fees, which has been the reality of the change. The move was approved with no opposition by the CPSC. In that same year, 2008, UL nearly doubled their lobbying expenses to nearly $400,000.
Using its previous Non-Profit status and lobbying at the Federal level UL has influenced OSHA and the NRTL system to be for a select few. NRTL system requires high fees too excessive for small business and/or restrictions on applicants that might be able to afford the higher fees. For example, OSHA allows UL to let their listing manufacturers self-test, yet prevents any manufacturer from establishing their own NRTL. The Application fee alone represents several months overhead for a small testing lab.
NAILMs research has established that there are 100s of certified Electrical Testing Agencies (ie NETA) and 1000s of licensed and insured professional engineers, all capable of providing better safety for the industry while reducing costs by as much as 84%.
NAILM has developed a bullet comparison of UL/NRTL vs NAILM and the ALTA TS84 Standard.
If you have any interest in NAILM or the ALTA TS84 Standard message us on LinkedIn.
How Can You Help?
Let others know about NAILM by “sharing” this to your contacts and other industry leaders.
Join NAILM at Lightfair 2013 for an informational meeting, Message me and we will provide Agenda and meeting times.
Become a leader at NAILM , we need seasoned lighting professionals to help our organization support the lighting industry, Email us on what interest you may have and what role you could play.
Notify Electrical Contractors to begin looking for the Alta TS84 Mark on products and the need for them to be ALTA TS84 Certified.

Encourage Lighting Manufacturers to Join NAILM and adopt the TS84 Standard, strength is in numbers.

Remember it is Our Industry Not Theirs!

We are Not for Profit and Promote the Free Enterprise System.

Let us know how we can help improve the industry while increasing safety!


The NAILM and ALTA Team


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