LEDVANCE wins first VDE HCL certificate with full marks

Warrington, UK, 1 July 2020. LEDVANCE has become the first to be awarded the HCL certificate with the best possible quality award (3/3 stars) from the independent VDE Testing and Certification Institute. The award was made for its new and advanced BIOLUX® HCL system and it is the first time that a company has qualitatively fulfilled all existing requirements, norms and standards for an HCL system.

LEDVANCE BIOLUX wins first VDE HCL certificate.sml“Previously, there was no qualitative testing of HCL systems by an independent authority”, explains LEDVANCE Head of R&D and Strategic Portfolio Management Dr. Ulrich Weiss. “We therefore very much welcome VDE’s initiative to establish standardised HCL test-criteria based on norms and standards and incorporating measurement techniques. This is unique worldwide. We are very proud that our BIOLUX® HCL system has received the best possible quality award from VDE and fulfils all requirements to positively support the human biological rhythm, showing activity and performance during the day, supporting good sleep at night and increased well-being.”
“The collaboration with the technical experts from LEDVANCE has been excellent”, says Dragana Zdravkovic-Stojanovic, technical expert for luminaires at VDE Institute. “Our criteria for being awarded with 3 stars were by no means easy to implement. I am looking forward very much to further joint projects.”

LEDVANCE’s HCL system positively supports the human biological day-night-rhythm, increases well-being and performance during the day and improves the quality of sleep at night. The evaluation by the VDE Institute was based on various criteria regarding light quality, correct simulation of the course of daylight, energy and cost efficiency, safety, ease of installation and commissioning, usability and compliance with national, EU and global norms and standards.
The VDE mark is synonymous with safety and quality in electrical devices, components and systems. The independent test engineers carry out product, quality and safety tests on more than 100,000 devices per year before the VDE Institute awards the test mark. The VDE Institute has now developed a new standardised catalogue of test-criteria to evaluate HCL systems with regard to quality, safety, performance and usability. Compliance with these criteria is confirmed by a three-stage certificate.

About the LEDVANCE HCL system
The LEDVANCE BIOLUX® HCL system consists of wirelessly connected components. The intelligent BIOLUX® control unit ensures – as the heart of the system – that the corresponding BIOLUX® LED luminaires simulate the natural course of daylight in terms of light colour and intensity. Unique to the BIOLUX® HCL system is the possibility of manually adjusting light to different situations using five predefined light modes. While the NATURAL mode simulates the natural course of daylight, the BOOST and FOCUS modes support concentration and productivity. RELAX provides relaxing light during breaks and with CREATE brainstorming sessions are encouraged.

The built-in safety mechanism has been particularly positively evaluated by the VDE Institute: The five different light modes always follow the curve of natural daylight and thus ensure that the effects on the biorhythm are positive at all times. This makes the BIOLUX® HCL system particularly suitable for offices, meeting rooms, hospitals, doctors’ surgeries as well as elder care and nursing homes.
One HCL system for everyone: easy installation and commissioning in five to ten minutes
After connection to the power grid, the LEDVANCE BIOLUX® HCL system can be installed and commissioned in five to ten minutes in an uncomplicated, fast and wireless manner using a smartphone app. The system automatically determines the time of sun rise and sunset based on the geographical location and autonomously configures all settings based on the course of daylight. As the system works independently and configures itself, no complicated programming or integration into existing lighting management systems is necessary.

This keeps costs low and contributes to a particularly economical use. A total of up to 20 luminaires can communicate with the intelligent control unit, which can be added to the system simply by scanning the QR code. The complete communication of control unit and luminaires is securely encrypted and no user data is transferred. The user can set the five lighting modes in no time at all via the control unit.
For more information about the BIOLUX® HCL system, please visit YouTube and our website.

With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries and business activities in over 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world’s leading general lighting companies for professional customers and end-consumers. Originating from OSRAM’s general lighting division, LEDVANCE’s portfolio includes a wide range of LED luminaires for a variety of applications, intelligent lighting products for smart homes and smart buildings, one of the most comprehensive offerings of advanced LED lamps in the lighting industry, and traditional lamps. Based on an agreement with OSRAM, LEDVANCE will continue to use the OSRAM brand name for many of its products (SYLVANIA in the USA and Canada). Further information is available at www.ledvance.co.uk.

About the VDE Institute:
100 years of the VDE mark – In 2020, the VDE Institute—a subsidiary of the VDE Group—celebrates its 100th birthday. The VDE Institute is a worldwide partner for industry customers, business, government authorities, the electrical trade and consumers. The VDE mark is synonymous with safety and quality in electrical devices, components and systems. More than 100,000 devices per year are subjected to product, quality and safety tests by the VDE Institute’s independent testing engineers before they receive the VDE mark. Around the globe, VDE experts monitor more than 7,000 production facilities. Cooperation agreements with more than 50 countries ensure that the tests performed by the VDE Institute are internationally recognized. 200,000 types of products with millions of model variants bear the VDE mark worldwide. The VDE Testing and Certification Institute GmbH, a non-profit organization, employs more than 500 people in Offenbach am Main. More information is available at www.vde.com/institut.

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