The application of CSA SPE-1000:21 to lighting products, including advanced LED lights, plays a crucial role in ensuring their safety and compliance. The standard recognizes situations where conventional certification might not be practical or available, especially for lighting products with custom configurations or limited production runs.
It applies to limited quantities, as little as one unit and a maximum of 500 units/model/year/manufacturer’s facility and is performed on a complete system. The Model Code addresses the construction, markings, and test requirements that the equipment must meet before it can be labeled. The evaluation consists in an inspection of the product, components, and drawings and tests are performed (onsite or at the lab), as per the reference standard, to confirm compliance. The product is then labeled with the “LC Special Inspections Label”, and it can be sold in Canada. The labelling of each unit must be performed by a LabTest inspector. Lastly, local authorities will verify the correctness of the installation and electrical connection.
The field evaluation process, as outlined in CSA SPE-1000:21, guarantees that lighting products meet safety and compliance standards, regardless of their unique attributes.