Buying a flashlight, headlamp, bicycle light, or spotlight can be a confusing proposition to most consumers and many retailers, but the ANSI/PLATO FL 1 2016 Standard and PLATO are two key resources that provide clarity for buyers and accountability for the industry.
The ANSI/PLATO FL1 2016 Standard, developed by PLATO and industry experts, spells out specific testing and reporting methods for portable lighting products that emit directional light.
If the ANSI FL1 icons are present on the packaging, consumers and retailers can be confident that the reported performance claims are tested to industry standards, and even more importantly, the consumer can compare “apples to apples” when evaluating different products.
Through independent, third-party testing, PLATO provides industry oversight to ensure portable lighting products meet or exceed the ANSI/PLATO FL 1 2016 Standard. PLATO informs manufacturers of any issues uncovered by the testing process and attempts to work collaboratively to resolve discrepancies between test results and product markings.
As an Accredited Standards Developer, PLATO is proud to have worked autonomously to revise the ANSI FL1 Standard to create the ANSI/PLATO FL 1 Standard, which was released in October 2016.
The ANSI/PLATO FL 1 2016 standard strengthens the portable lights industry by providing more credibility to those portable lights companies correctly using the standard and its icons.
The ANSI/PLATO FL 1 2016 Standard was developed by the PLATO Standards Committee. At the time it was approved, the PLATO Standards Committee was composed of the following members:
Below are the icons and an explanation of each specification.