Ballast/Driver/Lamp Testing

  • ITL is equipped to perform electrical measurements to determine various operating characteristics and parameters of LED drivers, ballasts, lamp starters and other lighting related equipment.
  • Please contact us with your specific needs for an estimate or quote.

LED (SSL) Driver Electrical Testing

  • Operating Characteristics
    • Operating Parameters:
      • Input Volts, Amps, Watts
      • Input Power Factor
      • Input Current THD (%)
      • Output Volts, Amps, Watts
      • Output Voltage ripple (Pk-Pk)
      • Output Current ripple (Pk-Pk)
  • Open Circut:
    • Open CKT Input Volts, Amps, Watts
    • Open CKT Input Power Factor
    • Open CKT Input Current THD (%)
    • Open CKT Output Volts, Amps, Watts
    • Open CKT Voltage ripple (Pk-Pk)
    • Open CKT Current ripple (Pk-Pk)
  • Short Circut:
    • Short CKT Input Volts, Amps, Watts
    • Short CKT Input Power Factor
    • Short CKT Input Current THD (%)
    • Short CKT Output Volts, Amps, Watts
    • Short CKT Voltage ripple (Pk-Pk)
    • Short CKT Current ripple (Pk-Pk)

Standardized Energy Program Tests for SSL Products

ITL can provide test programs specifically tailored for national, state, or local energy program requirements. Two of the most requested programs are for the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) and ENERGY STAR®.

  • DesignLights Consortium® (DLC):
    • Driver Input Volts, Amps, and Watts
    • Driver Input Power Factor
    • Driver Input Voltage Total Harmonic Distortion (V-THD)
    • Driver Input Voltage Total Harmonic Distortion (A-THD)
  • ENERGY STAR®:
    • Start Time in Milliseconds
    • Light Output Operating Frequency in Hertz
    • Dimming Range, From 100% to the Minimum Continuous Output in Percent, if the Driver Incorporates a Dimming Function
    • Driver Input Power Factor
    • Off-State Power Consumption, in Watts

Fluorescent

Ballast Electrical Testing, Includes:
  • Ballast Input Power
  • Ballast Input Power Factor
  • RMS Input Voltage and Current
  • Input Total Harmonic Distortion
  • Individual Harmonics, Both Voltage and Current (33 for Electronic, 17 for Magnetic)
  • Lamp Power
  • Lamp Current Crest Factor
  • Inrush Current

Ballast Electrical Testing, second and subsequent samples of the same catalog number/lamp application, per sample

Ballast Factor, First Sample Second and subsequent samples of the same catalog number/lamp application, per sample

Ballast Electrical and Ballast Factor, ordered together Second and subsequent samples of the same catalog number/lamp application, per sample

Lamp/ballast starting characteristics ordered with electrical testing

Lamp/Ballast starting characteristics alone Second and subsequent samples of the same catalog number/lamp application, per sample

Hid (Mercury Vapor, Metal Halide, High-Pressure Sodium)

  • ANSI High-Pressure Sodium
  • HPS Ballast Report Includes:
    • Input and Output Electrical
    • Check of Wiring Connections
    • Dielectric Test
    • Total Ballast Losses
    • Lamp Volt-Watt Trace (Trapezoid Compliance)
    • Lap Current Crest Factor
    • Regulation Data
  • ANSI Mercury Vapor or Metal Halide
  • Mercury Vapor and Metal Halide Typical Ballast Report Includes:
    • Operating Parameters:
      • Input Volts, Amps, Watts
      • Input Power Factor
      • Input Current THD
      • Lamp Volts, Amps, Watts
      • Lamp Current Crest Factor
      • Lamp Amps Peak
      • Ballast Power Loss (W)
      • Extinguish Volts
    • Static Parameters:
      • Open Circuit Input Volts, Amps, Watts
      • Open Circuit Output Volts RMS
      • Open Circuit Output Volts Peak
      • Short Circuit Input Volts, Amps, Watts
      • Short Circuit Output Amps
      • Current Slope
      • Off Time
      • Current Overshoot
      • Sustaining Voltage
      • Leakage Current
  • Ignitor (starter) Characterization:
    • Pulse Magnitude
    • Pulse Duration
    • Pulse Timing
  • Tabulation of applicable ANSI standards with pass/fail criteria (additional cost)

 

Please see the sample reports for these tests, which are also available as downloads in PDF format.