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ANSI “Flashlight” Specifications

Background and Status

In late 2007, leaders in the flashlight industry decided it would be a good idea to develop an ANSI Industry Standard to measure basic flashlight performance. The growth of LED development in the flashlight category also promoted a flood of goods that were cheap, inferior, and had widely misrepresented product performance claims.
The goal was to formulate a scientifically based standard which would help provide clarity and accountability to the industry as a whole. The standard was not intended to cover every potential application and measurement, but rather was to focus on basic performance measures that were applicable and of general interest to consumers across many classes of trade.

Made up of flashlight industry leaders, the Flashlight Standards Committee (FSC) was established. NEMA (North American Electrical Manufacturers Association) was hired to facilitate meetings and develop the final paper that would be developed and submitted to ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

2008- 2009 YTD
Numerous meetings and teleconferences were held by members of the FSC to debate performance standards criteria, as well as to test procedures to support and verify these claims. Graphical icons to demonstrate the performance and results were developed and voted on.  On August 17, 2009, NEMA submitted the FSC Standards recommendation to ANSI for their review and approval. On August 18, 2009, the FL1 Standard was approved and became an official document.

What the ANSI Specification is –

The ANSI Specification is a a series of basic flashlight tests and minimal performance criteria for general everyday flashlight use, as identified by and agreed to by the FSC. The specification is identified by specific icons that can be used for any products that meet the test and performance criteria as identified in the ANSI specification.

What the ANSI Specification is NOT –

The ANSI Specification is not a legal control measure that limits anyone from selling flashlights. It is not exclusive only to FSC members, nor is it a legal industry "watchdog" to control non conforming products or claims. It does not us issue any type of official "certification."

FL1 Testing Criteria

The FL1 Specification calls for test and measurement criteria for the following parameters – Beam Distance, Light Output, Impact Resistance, Run Time, Water Resistance, Waterproof and Submersible, Peak Beam Intensity.

If a manufacturer can pass any of the minimal performance testing criteria based on the test parameters in the FL1 specification, they are permitted to use the parameters respective icons. There are also specifications on how these icons can be laid out on the packaging.