The Guide

This guide describes the mechanical aspects of common recessed or downlights, and their requirements to produce Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed luminaires for the North American market. UL is an American safety consulting and certification company that created UL1598¹, the principal specification governing luminairessetting the standards for the lighting industry. It is however important to note that companies other than UL are able to test to these standards such as Intertek, and Electrical Testing Laboratory (ETL).

Downlights are typically made up of a common core of mechanical components. Depending on the luminaire design, wiring, lumen output, and heat generated, these can all have an impact on the mechanical requirements imposed by UL. For this reason, individual mechanical components cannot be UL listed or certified. Tripar’s product line however is designed to meet all the mechanical aspects imposed by UL15981. As such, where appropriate, this guide will refer to Tripar specific item numbers and provide links to them.

As Tripar is the largest metal stamping company specializing in the lighting industry, we offer many solutions and existing products to meet these requirements, developed over many years, and fully tooled. As such, this guide provides both generic information and requirements for this market, as well as Tripar specific solutions.

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