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UL Certified Lighting Explained

What is UL Certification?

UL Certification demonstrates that a product has been tested and meets the specific safety requirements established by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a globally recognized safety certification organisation. This certification category includes various types of certifications such as UL Listed, UL Recognized, and others, depending on the product and its intended use. In the United States and Canada, UL Certification is a mark of trust and reliability, indicating that electrical devices and components comply with rigorous safety standards. Choosing UL Certified products ensures adherence to stringent safety criteria and local building codes, facilitating smoother installations. It can also positively influence insurance evaluations due to the assurance of product safety and compliance. The value of UL Certification lies in its thorough evaluation processes, continuous oversight for compliance, and UL's dedication to advancing safety science.

Example Enhanced UL Certified Mark

Safety Standards

The safety standards UL Certified products meet are comprehensive and vary depending on the product category.

  • Electrical Safety: Includes testing for electrical insulation, wiring, and components to prevent electric shock and overheating.
  • Fire Safety: Assesses materials and design for fire resistance and ensures products do not ignite under normal or fault conditions.
  • Mechanical Safety: Verifies structural integrity and safe operation under mechanical stress or impact.
  • Thermal Testing: Ensures safe operation at maximum temperatures without causing burns or fire risk.
  • Environmental Testing: Evaluates performance and safety under various environmental conditions like humidity and temperature changes.
  • Compatibility Testing: Tests for electromagnetic compatibility to prevent or withstand interference.

To achieve UL Certification, a product undergoes a rigorous testing process, including:

  • Initial evaluation of product design and construction.
  • Relevant UL standard testing.
  • Ongoing factory inspections for continued compliance.

Understanding UL Certifications: Certified, Listed, Classified, and Recognised

UL (Underwriters Laboratories) offers several types of safety certifications, each indicating a level of compliance with strict safety standards. These certifications are crucial for manufacturers, consumers, and regulatory bodies to understand the safety and compliance of products and components:

  • UL Certified (Enhanced UL Certification Mark): This certification is awarded to products that conform to the latest and most rigorous UL safety standards, typically found on innovative and modern products. The presence of the Enhanced UL Certification Mark signals a product's compliance with cutting-edge safety requirements.
  • UL Listed: Indicates products have undergone testing by UL and meet established safety standards. The UL Listed Mark signifies that a product is safe for its intended use, primarily for end-use products. It's a guarantee of product safety and reliability for consumers and manufacturers.
  • UL Recognised: Applies to components that form part of a larger product or system. These components have been tested for specific conditions to ensure they meet UL safety standards when used in the final product. The UL Recognised Mark is a symbol of safety for components within a broader system.
  • UL Classified: Products with this certification have been evaluated for specific properties, uses, or conditions. The UL Classified Mark denotes that a product complies with the standards for a particular application or performance criteria, focusing on specialised products or usage conditions.

Each certification plays a vital role in product safety and compliance, providing assurance to consumers, manufacturers, and regulatory bodies about the safety and quality of electrical and electronic products.

UL Certified vs EU Standards

UL Certified marks and EU standards (such as CE marking) serve similar purposes in promoting product safety but operate within different regulatory frameworks and regions. UL Certification is prevalent in the US and Canada, focusing on North American safety standards, while EU standards apply within the European Union, adhering to its safety and health requirements.

Visual and Technical Differences

EU Fixture UL Fixture
Bulbs Bulbs not included Bulbs not included
Cable As specified Round cable only in black or brown
Ceiling Rose &
Wall Bracket
As specified Larger sizes automatically applied to orders
Lamp Holder E27 / E14 E26 / E12
Plug Type C / Type G Type A / Type B (What are these?)
Voltage 220/240V 110/120V


Any products depicting twisted fabric cable are sent with round braided cable. Cable colours are restricted to black and brown only.

Twisted cables are replaced with brown or black braided round cable.

Ceiling Roses and Wall Brackets/Backplates

Due to differences in junction box sizes between the US and Europe, as well as UL requirements and aesthetic considerations for covering the box, it's essential to ensure proper sizing of ceiling roses and wall brackets/backplates. This not only enhances the overall appearance of the fixture but also serves as a safety measure.

For this reason, we automatically replace the standard ceiling roses and wall brackets/backplates supplied with our light fittings to ensure they're the correct size for the junction boxes used in North America. This proactive approach guarantees both safety and aesthetics, aligning with our commitment to providing high-quality, compliant lighting solutions.

Pressed bracket replacement

The 3.9" (10cm) standard pressed bracket and the 3.34" (8.5cm) IP wall plate are replaced by the larger 4.7" (12cm) pressed bracket/ceiling rose.

Cast dome replacement

The 3.93" (10cm) cast dome is replaced with a larger, 4.6" (11.7cm) cast dome.

Cast cone bracket replacement

The 3.14" (8cm) cast cone and the 2.55" (6.6cm) sacred heart brackets are replaced with a larger 4.52" (11.5cm) cast cone bracket.

Rectangular wall brackets unchanged

The 5.5" x 1.57" x 0.78" (14 x 4 x 2cm) and 15.7" x 1.77" x 0.78" (40 x 4.5 x 2cm) rectangular wall brackets remain unchanged.

Always measure the junction box/mounting point to ensure that the ceiling rose or wall bracket is of suitable size. If you need any assistance, get in touch, and we'll be happy to help.

How to identify a UL Certified Product

A UL Certified product can be identified by locating the unique UL mark on the product or packaging. This mark includes the product's file number, the UL logo, and the word "Certified," signifying it has passed UL's safety evaluations.

Where to find our certification label

For our lighting fixtures, you can find the UL Certified label underneath the backplate or bracket of a wall light. For pendant lights, ceiling lights, or chandeliers, the UL Certified label is typically located inside the ceiling rose. Additionally, you'll find the quality control (QC) label in the same place, containing the manufacturing date and quality control details.

Where to find the UL Certified and QC labels on our light fittings

Why Is It Important?

Choosing UL Certified products when in the US or Canada is crucial for several reasons:

  • Safety Assurance: Ensures the product meets high safety standards, reducing risks of fire, electric shock, and injuries.
  • Compliance: Meets legal and insurance requirements, often necessary for building codes and regulations.
  • Peace of mind: Offers confidence in the product’s safety and reliability for both residential and commercial applications.

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