LM-79 establishes testing methodology to create a level field for product evaluation. It looks at 25C ambient, power supply, stabilization, orientation, electrical instruments, and testing equipment.
LM-79 defines what information is required; total light output, voltage, current, power, calculates efficacy, lumen distribution, CCT, CRI, spectral distribution, testing lab, and equipment used.
LM-79 requires that solid state lighting products be tested to “Absolute Photometry.” Conventional HID/Fluorescent uses “Relative Photometry.”
Absolute Photometry is lumen output of LED based luminaires and is dependent on the chip, thermal management, drive current, and optical system. LED based luminaires and lamps must be tested as a complete unit or system.
Only DOE recognized CALiPER testing laboratories results should be utilized.