I’ve heard of UL listed, but I also see ETL listed products on your site; what is the ETL mark?
Both the UL mark and ETL mark indicate that a product has been tested and meets the requirements of product safety standards, as determined through independent testing by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
What does it mean to be an NRTL?
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) put in place a program to ensure products meet basic safety standards; it set up the National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program so that independent laboratories could evaluate, test and certify electrical and other products. Intertek, the laboratory behind the ETL mark, is an NRTL, so it is approved to test that products meet the exact same standards that are tested for UL listing.
Is there any difference between UL and ETL listing?
None. Aside from the body that issues the listing, there is absolutely no difference between a UL listing and an ETL listing. Because Intertek ETL tests products to the previously published UL Standards for Safety, products marked as ETL Listed meet the same criteria as those marked UL Listed or UL Recognized.
So, there are other companies that use the same testing as UL?
Yes. The requirement is that the laboratory performing the testing is an OSHA recognized NRTL. That means the ETL mark is an indicator of compliance with product safety standards with the same significance as the UL mark. While they come from different testing laboratories, the UL mark and ETL mark mean that the product have met the exact same standards.
How long has the ETL Listed mark been around?
The ETL mark has been around for over 100 years. In fact, the original Electrical Testing Labs (ETL) was founded by Thomas Edison in 1896.
What products or companies use the ETL mark?
Product safety testing and certification is done for a wide range of products from telephones to x-ray machines, manufactured by companies like AT&T, Dell, Ericsson, General Electric, Panasonic and Philips and sold through retailers such as JCPenney, Sears, Costco, Target … and PartyLights.com!
How can I tell if a product is UL or ETL Listed?
For products sold by PartyLights.com, each product’s detailed description on our website includes if it has a UL or ETL Listing. Additionally, string lights and cords that are ETL Listed have the ETL mark on the product image. We carry a variety of ETL Listed String Lights & Cords.