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What are UL classifications?

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017 02:23PM EST
Many of our fixtures have received dry, damp or wet ratings by UL. These ratings can conveniently help you choose the perfect fixtures for certain locations and rooms. UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise in innovating safety solutions, from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.

UL Classifications Defined

UL Dry Rating

A fixture with a UL Dry Rating may be used in any area, usually indoors, which is not directly exposed to excessive moisture and water. Any fixture with a UL label that is not explicitly rated for wet or damp applications should be considered as a UL dry location fixture. Dry locations include kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, foyers, hallways and most areas in bathrooms.

UL Damp Rating
A fixture with a UL Damp Rating may be used in sheltered outdoor areas that are protected from direct contact with rain, snow, or excessive moisture (such as ocean spray). Indoor damp locations include indoor pool areas, utility rooms and over bathtubs or showers in bathrooms (without risk of direct water contact). Outdoor damp locations include covered patios and covered porches that are fully protected from water, even during storms.

UL Wet Rating
A fixture with a UL Wet Rating is suitable for indoor and outdoor locations that receive direct contact with rain, snow or excessive moisture (such as fog or ocean spray). Outdoor wet locations include open-air decks and patios, uncovered porches, outdoor dining areas, exterior walls, gazebos, pergolas and walkways. Indoor wet locations include shower enclosures.

For more information about UL, please visit their website.

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