The LIA and Acal BFi have created a goniophotometry luminaire testing scheme for lighting manufacturers looking to offer efficient third-party accredited luminaire performance testing.
The scheme is designed to speed up the product testing process, while providing clients peace of mind when it comes to validating photometric measurements such as lumen per watts and related performance claims.
The scheme is built around the Viso Systems LabSpion goniometer. This technology is designed to eliminate the need for a traditional goniometer and/or an integrating sphere, allowing testing to be performed quickly and accurately at manufacturers’ premises without the requirement for a controlled environment.
Participants will have the ability to scan light sources and luminaires quickly and easily, creating quality, easy-to-read light measurements and data. The equipment can produce data files in formats such as IES and LTD for use in lighting design software as well as CDL format for horticultural lighting data.
Full photometric scans take two minutes and once ready, the data is sent securely via a dedicated cloud server to the LIA Laboratory for validation. The LIA Laboratory will then be able to issue third-party accredited reports within 24 hours, without the need for product samples to be transported around the country or the world.
The Viso Systems LabSpion goniometer is also able to assist with product development, making it possible to measure prototypes as often or as much as desired before finally submitting data for approval by the LIA Laboratory.
Various financing or purchasing options exist, which typically amount to less than the cost of other third party testing or the upkeep of owning photometric equipment.
Initial sign up includes installation and full training of the Visio Systems LabSpion goniometer and unlimited third-party photometric reports. During this period, users are visited annually by a representative from the LIA Laboratory, who will assess the equipment and update staff as well as offering advice and support as required.
“Through this partnership, we have created an innovative solution for the lighting industry. This scheme not only makes the measurement of any light source easier than ever before, but also cost effective,” said Steve Davies, LIA CEO.