LM-79 Testing Laboratory in India

LM-79 Testing Laboratory in India

ITC India Pvt Ltd Mohali (Punjab) is a NABL accredited under photometry discipline providing LM-79 Testing. It has a scope to test all the parameters in LM 79 such as total luminous flux, efficacy, CCT, CRI, color coordinates and Light intensity Distribution (LID).

Kind of luminaries tested by ITC & quality measures taken

Kind of Luminaries are tested by ITC

Type of Luminary

  • Lamps
  • Tube lights
  • Street Lights
  • Flood Lights
  • Solar Street Lights
  • Downlights
  • Panel Lights
  • Flame Proof Lamps
  • Spot Lights
  • LED Batten Lights
  • Hi-Bay Lights
  • Bulk Head
  • LED Strips

·        All Calibration is done from the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi ( NPL)Quality Measure at ITC

·        All personnel are trained through NPL, New Delhi.

·        Inter-Lab Comparison is done from reputed and approved Labs only.

·        Approved Lab in   LED lighting Facts: a program of the U.S. Department of Energy.

·        Environmental, Impact and Ingress Protection testing is also performed in the premises.

Pieces of equipment Used in LM 79


Integrating Sphere Goniophotometer


Sample test Report of LM 79

For reference, a full report with all the parameters issued by ITC India Pvt Ltd is attached. Do have a look for clarity. Download LM-79 Testing Report.

Major Standard Covered for LED testing by ITC India Pvt Ltd



Safety Standards


IEC 60598/ IS 10322, IEC 62031/ IS 16103 ; IEC 60968/ IS 15687, IEC 62560/ IS16102, IEC 61347-1/ IS 15885
Performance Standards IEC 62384/IS 16104

Photometry Standards


LM 79, IS 16106, IS 16107-2-1, IS 16103-2, IS 15111, IEC 60969
Facility of below mention category is AVAILABLE

« Environmental Testing

« Impact Testing

« IP Testing (Ingress Protection)

Why go for LM-79 Testing?

If you are a manufacturer or vendor and want to sell your product on the market. Then you must be needed a test report of your product which will give all the parameters electrical and photometric measurement issued by a NABL accredited laboratory http://www.itcindia.org.   LM 79 testing will give you a chance to improve your product by amendment in it if required. So, Testing LED luminaries are a necessary task to be performed in this competitive

  • LM 79 testing provides performance characteristics of the product.
  • Key types of measurements provide electrical characteristics, lumen output, the spatial distribution of light, and color attributes.

Special Features of LEDs

LED’s are a boon to this contemporary epoch. It is widely used because of its innumerable merits. Let us have a brief look at LED’s expediency to move further to discuss the Testing of luminaries as per LM 79.

  • Digital
  • Narrow spatial distribution of emitted light
  • Too large non-luminous part compared to conventional lighting products
  • Wider variations of size and dimension of the final product.
  • Integrated
  • Long Life
  • Robustness
  • Energy Efficient and low voltage operation
  • Provide new employment

Some of you may doubt that if you use a tested LED in your product than “Is it compulsory to go for LM 79 testing for luminaries?

Of course Yes, you have to go for LM79 Testing, even on the usage of Tested LED in your luminary. The LED’s are tested according to LM 80 which is a standard to test only LED’s. But in Luminaries, LED is one of the components used in luminaries. The other components of luminary are electrical, some connections, LED’s, optical, thermal and mechanical that make it a new product and requires testing as per LM-79 Testing which is a standard to test SSL and test the LED luminaries for measurements. To be competitive and for good business, you need to test your product as per LM 79,  as most of the purchaser requires a test report and prefer to purchase Tested luminaries only.

Now, it is clear LM 79 testing has a positive impact on the product. In brief, improvement can be expected, quality enhancement, real picture performance criteria of the product, help in enhancing business.

What does LM 79 cover and what it does not cover?

It covers the LED-based Solid-state lighting (SSL) goods with control electronics and heat sinks incorporated, that is, those devices that require only AC main power or a DC voltage power supply to operate. SSL products in the form of luminaries (fixtures incorporated light source) are covered in LM-79 Testing. This standard describes the test methods for individual SSL products.

It does not cover SSL products that require external operating circuits and external heat sinks such as LED chips, LED packages and LED module. Even this document does not cover the fixtures designed for SSL products sold without a light source and the performance rating of the product.


Who can perform LM 79 testing and what does it provide?

LM-79 Testing can be performed by laboratories ( www.itcindia.org  )  which are accredited through NABL and having their scope in testing because only issued report from such labs is relevant. For photometric parameters Integrating sphere is required and for Light intensity distribution Goniophotometer is needed. A lab having both the machines and valid accreditation with full scope has authority to issue Test reports presenting all the parameters present in the report discussed above.

LM-79 Testing provides us with the following parameters:

  1. Electric parameters: Input Voltage, power, current, power factor, frequency
  2. Photometry parameters: Luminous flux, Luminous Efficacy, Radiant power
  3. CIE colorimetric parameters: chromaticity coordinates(x), chromaticity coordinates(y), chromaticity coordinates (u’), chromaticity coordinates(v), chromaticity coordinates(v’), Correlated color temperature(Tc), DUV Value, color rendering Index(Ra)
  4. Light Intensity Distribution

Approved Method to do LM 79 testing:

  1. Procedure and conditions
  2. Maintained ambient temperature is 25°±1 °C with limited air flow.
  3. Power supply AC wave shape limit to harmonic RMS of 3 %
  4. Voltage regulation to ±2 %
  5. Seasoning and stabilization (discussed below)
  6. Testing orientation
  7. Electrical setting
  8. Instrumentation

All above are discussed below in details……

The total luminous flux (lumen) of SSL products shall be measured using an Integrating sphere or a goniophotometer. The method may be chosen depends upon what is needed to be measured.

Small sized LED luminaries the total flux and color measurements can be measured in Integrating Sphere. There is no need of the darkroom for installing Integrated sphere.

The method of mounting can be the primary path for heat flow away from the device and can affect measurements results significantly. The SSL under test must be mounted in integrating sphere so that heat conditions through supporting objects cause a negligible cooling effect. The product may be held by support materials that have low heat conductivity like Teflon. Even the supporting device does not disturb the airflow around the product. If any support is provided with the SSL, then the product shall be tested with support structure attached.

The SSL product under test shall be operated at rated voltage (AC/DC) according to the specification of SSL. If the product has the dimmable capability, measurements shall be performed at the maximum input power condition. If the product has multiple modes of operations including variable CCT, the measurement may be made at a different mode of operation if necessary, and such setting conditions shall be clearly reported. The integrated sphere owned by the ITC India Pvt is having a spectroradiometer.

LM-79 Testing with integrating sphere system: First of all the size of the integrating sphere should be large enough to ensure that the measurements errors due to the effect of baffle and self-absorption. ITC has an Integrating sphere with dia 2 m. The integrating sphere shall be equipped with an auxiliary lamp (quartz halogen lamp) for self-absorption factor. Before operating the integrating sphere must be calibrated against the reference standard lamp calibrated for total spectral radiant flux. No seasoning is required for new SSL products. Before measurements are taken, the SSL product under test shall be operated long enough to reach stabilization and temperature equilibrium. The time required for stabilization depends on the type of SSL product under test. The time ranges from 30 min to 2 or more hours for large SSL. The ambient temperature is maintained. The stabilization is judged when variation ( max-min) of at least 3 reading of the light output and electrical power over a period of 30 min, taken 15 min apart, is less than 0.5 %. Even the stabilization time used for each SSL must be reported.

The software generates the Lm-79 Testing report providing all the parameters: total luminous flux, CCT, CRI, color coordinates discussed above except the light intensity distribution( LID).

Click here to See (video) How to Do Lm-79 testing with integrating sphere

LM-79 Testing with Goniophotometer system: Now, For LID measurements goniophotometer is required,  which is generally used for relatively large size SSL products. It also provides the total luminous flux in the lumen as well. Darkroom is required for installation of Goniophotometer with temperature control. Working on goniophotometer is time-consuming as compared to Integrating sphere.

The LM-79 Testing report generated in Goniophotometer will provide all parameters including LID.

Hoping this article will be helpful……….. For any doubts visit www.itcindia.org

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