This document explains how manufacturers can obtain valid test results for use by Lighting Global from a qualified test lab, as well as how a test laboratory can become approved to produce test results that will be accepted by the Lighting Global Quality Assurance (QA) program.
Product Testing Process
1) Random Sampling (Quality Test Method – QTM testing only): Samples of the product are selected from warehouses and other locations according to the guidelines described in the latest version of Lighting Global’s product sampling policy. This process will continue to be coordinated through Lighting Global with our network of sampling agents.
Lighting Global will pay for the random sampling, but the manufacturer is responsible for shipping the product samples to the test laboratory (this responsibility includes all costs associated with the shipping process, including any import duties, taxes, and other fees). Random sampling is not a requirement for ISM testing.
2) Laboratory Testing: The samples may be tested according to different procedures depending on the design of the product. Pico-solar products (products with peak power rating of less than 15 W) are tested according to the latest version of IEC/TS 62257-9-5. Solar home system kits, which for the purposes of Lighting Global are products with peak power ratings between 10 W – 100 W, are tested according to the Lighting Global Solar Home System Kit Quality Assurance Protocols. For products with peak power ratings between 10 W- 15 W, manufacturers may choose which methods they would prefer be used.
Resource Type: Quality Standards and Policies