UL Standard for Safety Flashlights and Lanterns
|Publication Date:||23 February 2018|
These requirements cover battery-powered flashlights and lanterns powered by secondary (rechargeable) batteries and general purpose primary (non-rechargeable) batteries intended for non-hazardous locations in accordance with ANSI/NFPA 70.
Flashlights and lanterns are collectively categorized as products within the context of this standard.
These requirements also cover automatic flashlights and lanterns which are normally connected to a line voltage supply and, upon loss of the line voltage supply, will turn on the lamp.
These requirements do not cover:
a) Stand-alone battery chargers;
b) Cord and plug connected work lights and hand lights without batteries that are within the scope of UL 153;
c) Cord and plug connected portable luminaires other than work lights and hand lights, with or without batteries, that are within the scope of UL 153;
d) Aquarium lighting that is within the scope of UL 1018; and
e) Emergency lighting that is within the scope of UL 924.
Permanently installed lighting that is capable of being battery powered is not fully specified in the requirements in this standard. The requirements are specified by UL 1598.
A flashlight or lantern which may also be powered by supply voltage and intended to be employed as nightlights shall also comply with UL 1786.
A product that generates ultraviolet (UV) radiation is intended for use in accordance with the Federal Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1040, 21 CFR, Chapter 1, Subchapter J, Radiological Health.
Most requirements for battery operation and charging are incorporated by reference to UL 2595 and are subject to the limitations of voltage in that standard. Products operating at voltages in excess of those specified in UL 2595 may require additional considerations.
General requirements for all battery operated flashlights and lanterns are specified in Part 1. Additional requirements for battery operated flashlights and lanterns that may also be connected to line-voltage supply for any purpose are specified in Part 2.