UL Labels: Holiday Edition

It doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I’ve bought some corn for popping, The lights are turned way down low. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Great song…even if it doesn’t snow here very often in Southern California. But to help make the season bright we use a lot of Christmas lights. And what do Christmas Lights means? Lots of UL Labels!

Holiday Lights

So perhaps not the answer you were expecting. Then again you are on a label compliance site, so you probably should of seen it coming. But yes lots of christmas lights means lots of UL Labels. I recently grabbed a new roll from the local store and took this photo. Here is a holiday UL breakdown of the photo:

  1. This is the UL Recognized Component Mark. It presence indicates specifically that the plug unit conforms to the applicable UL standard. In many cases, depending on the application, manufacturers have the option to print the logo as part of the product mold. So no labels needed for this one.
  2. The label overall is Holographic UL Label. I talked about these in an earlier post, but basically these are special controlled UL labels. Only one source makes these for anti-counterfeiting purposes.
  3. This is an example of the new enhanced UL Logo. These are part of UL’s effort to add additional information (and clarity) to it’s certification marks. Unlike the older logo design, these newer marks require a different approvals process.

And with that you may just never look and a strand of lights the same way again. Happy Holidays!


Photo “Merry Christmas!” courtesy of Alexandre Duret-Lutz. Cropped for size.