SEOUL SEMICONDUCTOR Earns EPA Recognition for Conducting LM-80 Testing

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- An important requirement for its customers seeking ENERGY STAR® approval of their LED luminaires - Demonstrates Seoul Semiconductor’s commitment to serving the U.S. lighting market SEOUL SEMICONDUCTOR, a leading global LED manufacturer, announced its recent addition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s list of recognized laboratories for conducting LM-80 testing of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LM-80 testing is a fundamentally important requirement to ensure lumen maintenance standards are met by LEDs intended to be used in luminaires targeted for ENERGY STAR certification.

Achieving LM-80 certification is an important step in showing Seoul Semiconductor's commitment to the U.S. lighting market and in meeting the exacting standards set to protect consumers.

Today, SEOUL SEMICONDUCTOR, a leading global LED manufacturer, announced its recent addition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s list of recognized laboratories for conducting LM-80 testing of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LM-80 testing is a fundamentally important requirement to ensure lumen maintenance standards are met by LEDs intended to be used in luminaires targeted for ENERGY STAR certification.

According to the announcement, the global LED maker is now officially recognized to provide the solid state lighting market its LM-80 test reports, the LED reliability evaluation standard of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program. So far, only a handful of firms around the world have obtained the certification. Seoul Semiconductor joins the list as a 1st party testing lab authorized to test its own LEDs and modules.

IES LM-80 is a standard testing method for measuring Lumen maintenance (light depreciation over time) of LED light sources over a 6,000 hour time frame. LM-80 testing is a meaningful way to provide comparable measurements of lumen maintenance and eliminate confusion occurring from each LED manufacturer using different test methods.

To be recognized by the EPA for LM-80 testing and test its LED technology and products on its own required a significant investment in test equipment, procedures and personnel to perform the tests. This investment shows Seoul Semiconductor’s commitment to providing high-quality, reliable LED emitters and modules while meeting local standards and requirements around the globe.

Brian Wilcox, VP of Sales for North America, said, “Achieving LM-80 certification is an important step in showing Seoul Semiconductor’s commitment to the U.S. lighting market and in meeting the exacting standards set to protect consumers.” He added, “As one of the world’s leading LED providers, we are dedicated to complying with the industry standards and government regulations that will help speed LED adoption in the general illumination market space”.

About Seoul Semiconductor
According to the 2011 LED market reports issued by IMS Research in the U.K. and Strategies Unlimited in the U.S., SEOUL SEMICONDUCTOR is the world’s fourth largest LED supplier, holding more than 6,000 patents. In particular, it owns a wide range of LED technology and production capacity in areas such as deep UV LEDs and non-polar LEDs, as well as Acriche, the worlds first commercially-produced AC LED. At present, it provides high-quality LED products through 40 overseas branches (including three local corporations) and 150 domestic agencies and distributors.

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