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Food Safe LED Lights

Need a Free Food Safe Fixture Lighting Plan?

Food safe lights are lights that are certified by NSF international as appropriate for use in a food processing plant or prep facility. As outlined by strict regulations, Food Safe LED Lights are completely washable, with no visible screws or orifices. NFS food safe lights must also not contain glass or other breakable materials. These may seem like impossibly high standards, but with LED lights, they're easy to reach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We asked first time buyers and repeat customers what their most common questions are about buying NSF lighting. We’ve curated the list below to help you. If you’re unable to find an answer to a question you have, please call us on (888) 423-3191 and we’ll support you as best we can.

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General

What Are NSF Fixtures?

NSF lights are fixtures that have been tested and certified by the non-profit NSF Organization dedicated to food safety. NSF is a standard on its own, it is different and separate from the fixtures UL/ETL listing and DLC listing.

What Type of Lighting Is Safe for Food Safety?

When it comes to food safety and NSF lighting requirements, the best option are lights that have the NSF certification. There are different types of food safe lights available, from UFO style high bays and low bays to linear strip fixtures.

What Lighting Is Best for a Commercial Kitchen?

Depending on the layout of the kitchen and heights of the ceiling, there are several NSF rated lighting options that would work in a commercial kitchen. The best lighting can be determined by creating an NSF fixture lighting plan for the commercial kitchen space.

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What Color Temperature Light Should Be Used in a Commercial Kitchen?

The two best options are 5000K and 4000K. Most of our customers use 5000K and we stock 5000K options.

What Is an NSF Rating?

NSF rating is a certification that a light passes the NSF Organization’s test designed to examine a fixture for its safety in a food environment.

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What NSF Certification Zones Do Your Fixtures Cover?

Since lighting never comes in contact with the food, the only two zones that our lights are tested in are: Splash Zones and Non-Food Zones. The third zone, Food Zone, does not apply to lighting.

When Is NSF Lighting Required?

NSF rated lighting is required in commercial food processing environments and areas. The health departments of many cities, towns, counties and states have strict guidelines regarding when and where these fixtures should be used.

Do You Have the Certificate Showing the NSF Rating?

We do. Call us and we can provide all the documentation you need.

Can Food Grade Fixtures Be Washed Down?

Yes, in fact, that is the idea. They must be designed to be able to withstand constant wash down, as food safe areas must be kept clean.

Can I Use a Motion Sensor with Food Safe Lighting?

Possibly, but the motion sensor itself must also be NSF rated. You cannot just add any motion sensor to a NSF rated fixture.

What Happens If the Lens Breaks?

If the lens breaks because of a defect under normal operations, we will cover the entire fixture under warranty. The warranty does not cover acts of God or abuse.

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Can I Use a UFO or Vapor Tight Fixture?

No. Unless, of course, they are NSF certified. You should not confuse IP waterproof ratings with NSF certifications. While it is true that NSF fixtures are IP rated for wet environments, it is not true that any IP rated fixture is also NSF rated.

What Is the Maximum Temperature That Food Safe Lights Are Rated For?

The fixtures you sell are rated from 113F to 131F maximum operating temperature.

FIXTURES AND FITTINGS

Are Your NSF Lights IP69K?

Yes, they are.

Do NSF Fixtures Use a Glass or Plastic Lens?

Our round NSF LED fixtures have tempered glass lenses. Our tubular style linear NSF fixtures have frosted polycarbonate lens covers.

Can NSF Fixtures Be Pendant Mounted?

Yes, some of our fixtures have a pendant mount option. Other options include eye hook and suspended wire mount.

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Can NSF Fixtures Be Washed Down?

Yes they can. All our fixtures are IP69K rated, which means they can withstand high pressure hot water wash downs.

Are There Any Installation Instructions Specific to NSF Fixtures?

The actual fixtures themselves are easy to install. A qualified electrician familiar with NSF rated fixtures will also know the rules for connection lights to junction boxes.

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Do You Want a Free LED NSF Lighting Plan?

The best and most accurate way to calculate this is to create a NSF fixture lighting plan.

A NSF Fixture lighting plan will provide you with a report detailing your indoor space. It details light location, light levels (foot candles) and how evenly distributed the light is over the entire area.

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