How we research and test our products

2017-07-14
Twisted LED filament during 'Aging Test'
Twisted LED filament during 'Aging Test'

That’s right, we don’t just sell any new product; in fact, we research and test every product you find in our catalogue. When you visit us online or in person, you’ll quickly find that we’re not a company that simply sells products with little knowledge of what they are made of or how they perform.

What are our methods?

We review hundreds of products and choose only the best ones. In order for a product to qualify for our catalogue we:

  • Attend trade shows and conferences to find the latest products.
  • Personally test it as consumers ourselves; we choose practical products that are easy to understand and work well.
  • Extensive testing the performance of the manufactured lights.
  • Visit manufacturing facilities to see how the products are really made.
  • Get feedback from manufactures, sellers and consumers.
Collecting test data
Collecting test data

A little background on how we choose and test our products for our catalogue and website.

We research a product category and identify what we feel are the best products (and believe me, we reject a lot more products than we accept). Then we have our staff evaluate the product to the manufacturer’s specifications. If the manufacturer’s specifications say a product will perform at a certain level, we will test the product to those specifications. If it doesn’t pass testing we don’t sell it. Period. Most retailers and distributors don’t test products for performance at this level.

Once testing is done, we touch, feel and use the products. Our sales team and product manager even take products home to get more real world experience with them. They learn what the best applications are for the product and what it’s not. Our policy is selling you the right product for the right environment or situation.

Integrating Sphere
Integrating Sphere

But we are not done yet! 

The way to give our products the competitive edge is performance testing. When we choose a product as a supplement for our catalogue. Testing starts all over again, after manufacturing the new products. When manufacturing is done. Samples are send to our office in Apeldoorn We test the incoming batch of new manufactured lights here in Apeldoorn to make sure the manufacturer’s specifications are right, the product will perform perfectly.

Fitting a new LED tube in the Sphere
Fitting a new LED tube in the Sphere

For example we would like to know the total amount of energy of all the light produced, is the same as the manufacturer’s specifications. This total amount of energy of all the light is known as the ‘luminous flux’.

Lumen, is the measure of light intensity. When we measure light, we are interested in how many Lumens fall on a surface; this is wat we know as lux. One lux is one lumen per square meter. The integrating sphere (also know as an Ulbricht Sphere) is an optical component consisting of a hollow spherical cavity with its interior covered with a diffuse white reflective coating. Light scattered by the interior of the integrating sphere is evenly distributed over all angels. The integrating sphere is used in optical measurements. The total power (flux), wattage, colour etc. can be measured without inaccuracy. Every product is tested in this integrating sphere to make sure our standards are met.

But that’s not all.

We also do an aging test. This helps to improve the efficiency of LED lighting products, enhance the stability in later times of usage. After production, defects can only be spotted through aging tests and if necessary repaired before shipping. Normally an aging test takes 6000 hours. We check the specifications and performance of the product at 0 – 200 – 1000 – 6000 hours. When a products fails testing it won’t be available in our catalogue or on our website.

Aging test room at Shada BV Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Aging test room at Shada BV Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

 

We don’t just sell any product. Our products are researched and gone through extensive testing before it’s available in our catalogue or website. Contact us if you would like more information. We look forward to finding the right solution.

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