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ANSI “Flashlight” Specifications

Background and Status
In late 2007, some leaders in the Flashlight Industry decided that it would be a good idea to develop an ANSI Industry standard to measure basic Flashlight performance standards. 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 standard that can help provide clarity and accountability to our industry as a whole and that is scientifically based.  The standard would not be intended to cover every potential application and measurement, rather focus on the basic performance measures that were applicable and of general interest to consumers across many classes of trade.
A Flashlight Standards Committee (FSC) was established made up of Flashlight Industry leaders, and 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 standard criteria and test procedures to support and verify these claims. 
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 –
A series of basic flashlight tests and minimal performance criteria for general everyday Flashlight use, as identified by and agreed to by the FSC
Supported 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 –
Is not a legal control measure that limits anyone from selling Flashlights
Is not exclusive to only FSC members
It is not a legal Industry watchdog to control non conforming products or claims
It does not 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 Icons.
There are also specifications on how these Icons can be laid out on the pack