Historically, the most widely-used business model that modern off-grid lighting manufacturers use is to sell their product as a complete kit (i.e., including one or more batteries, solar modules, and light sources). In some cases the product is a single unit with an integrated battery, solar module, and light source, and in other cases the solar module and/or light source(s) are external to the battery, intended to be connected via a cable. For both of these product configurations, manufacturers have traditionally sold the complete product as a single, defined unit. Verifying the quality of these preconfigured kits was the original goal for Lighting Global Quality Assurance (QA).
Recently, Lighting Global has observed an increasing trend in manufacturers selling “product families”—a set of interchangeable components sold on a component-level basis or as “mix-and-match” kits. A benefit of selling products at the component-level is that users are able to tailor a complete system to their budget and lighting needs. In principle it is also less costly to scale-up these systems by purchasing extra components, rather than another complete (larger) product kit that is incompatible with the original one.
This document provides details of the Lighting Global framework for component-level testing and associated programmatic support for “product families” that are considered to have met the Lighting Global Quality Standards. The intention of this framework is to provide a low-cost, timely product verification alternative for manufacturers that sell “product families.”
Resource Type: Quality Standards and Policies