LED signs and digital billboards manufactured by Watchfire are the first in the industry to receive Energy Efficiency Certification from Underwriters Laboratories' UL-Environment group. Through UL's Energy Efficiency Certification Program, manufacturers demonstrate that their products are helping lower energy demand. UL and UL Environment, working with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and sign industry representatives, developed the program to assist sign manufacturers with testing and certifying products for their compliance to a variety of energy efficiency requirements, including those within Title 24 of the California Energy Commission's Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
Watchfire products are the first in the digital sign and billboard industry to demonstrate compliance and carry the UL-E Green Leaf Mark. The UL Safety Mark and the UL-E Energy Verified Mark will always appear together on all Watchfire LED signs distributed in the United States. "Certification from UL and UL Environment indicates Watchfire's compliance to stringent energy efficiency requirements, and we are very happy to achieve this designation," said Jeff Koebrich, vice president of engineering at Watchfire Signs.
Certification standards include mandatory automatic control requirements for all illuminated signs. In addition, the standards set limits on installed lighting power for illuminated signs.
Watchfire is the only manufacturer that fully encapsulates its LED modules in a thick bed of silicone gel, enabling the modules to operate in the harshest weather conditions. Durability is further enhanced by Watchfire's streamlined engineering, which focuses on driving down parts counts and connections, improving projected reliability. All Watchfire boards feature lightweight extruded aluminum cabinetry that complies with IBC 2006/2009 windload standards and allows for low cost, fast installation and streamlined maintenance. Watchfire's warranty, lead times, customer support, and software are considered to be the best in the industry.