IFDA NY Enlightenment Series Aug. 3: An introduction to UL, and why their Certification is so Important to Product Design & Specification


Join us for an introduction to UL, a leading safety science company with long ties to the lighting industry. From their origins at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, to today, UL has been at the forefront of safety and performance. Gain insights on how designers and manufacturers can benefit from UL certifications, UL Verified Marks, energy efficiency programs and more.

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Monday, August 3rd 10:00 AM EST Via Zoom

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Our Speaker:

Todd Straka,Global Industry Director, Lighting: UL

Todd currently serves as Global Industry Director, Lighting for UL’s Appliances, HVAC, and Lighting division. In his current role, Todd is responsible for developing, expanding, and refining UL’s global lighting business portfolio to support the ever-changing needs of UL’s clients.Todd has been involved in the testing and certification business supporting the lighting industry for over 20 years, the last 10 of which he has been with UL. He has worked closely with many industry stakeholders including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, specifiers, government agencies, and associations such as U.S. DOE, U.S. EPA, U.S. DOT, NEMA, ALA, and IESNA. During his time in the lighting industry, he has been heavily involved in various energy-efficiency and performance testing programs such as ENERGY STAR ®, Lighting Facts, and DesignLights Consortium.Todd currently works from his home office in Cortland, NY and enjoys spending time with family, golfing, boating, and fishing in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.


UL helps create a better world by applying science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. We empower trust by enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. All of our work, from independent research and standards development, to testing and certification, to providing analytical and digital solutions, helps improve global well-being. Businesses, industries, governments, regulatory authorities and the public put their trust in us so they can make smarter decisions. ul.com/lighting

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