Safety and Approval Marks
The Verband Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V. is an internationally active technical and scientific association with over 35,000 members. One of VDE's central tasks is the testing and certification of electrical luminaires and luminaire control gears. The test is based on the association's own VDE standards, European standards (EN) and standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The ENEC mark identifies electrical products (in particular luminaires and the components installed therein) which comply with European safety standards. The standards mainly contain requirements for electrical and mechanical safety. Number 10, for example, stands for the VDE in Offenbach, Germany. With the approval mark, market access in the European Union and in many Eastern European countries is possible with only one testing and certification procedure.
CE marking is required by law for the sale of products in the EU. With regard to luminaires and control gears, CE means that the requirements of European directives are met and in particular the Ecodesign and EMC directives are complied with. As a visible result of this conformity the manufacturer is responsible for the CE marking on his products.
The EMC mark documents the electromagnetic compatibility of luminaires and their control gear. The EMC mark is awarded to electrotechnical products that meet the standards for electromagnetic compatibility. The EMC tests are based on VDE/EN/IEC/CISPR standards and further technical regulations.
The UL Mark stands for the proven conformity of an electrotechnical product with the safety regulations of the United States and Canada. The UL Electrotechnical Product Mark is proof that a representative number of a product has been tested by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and that the applicable standards and requirements regarding a potential risk of fire, electrical shock and mechanical hazard have been met. The UL Listing Mark is one of UL's most commonly used marks.