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Frequently Asked Questions

We asked first-time buyers and repeat customers their questions about food grade light fixtures. 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 at (888) 423-3191 and we’ll support you as best we can.

Want to know more about Food Safe Lights? Read our Buyers Guide to NSF Lighting.

General Information About Food Grade LED Lights

What Is Food Grade LED Lights?

Food processing light fixtures are specifically designed and certified for use in areas of commercial facilities where food is processed and handled. They are commonly also called food grade LED lights.

LED food processing lights are made with non-toxic materials. They’re designed to be easy to clean as well as prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris on the surface of the light fixture.

Food-safe LED light fixtures tested and certified by the non-profit NSF Organization. This organization’s primary goal is food safety. NSF (National Sanitation Foundation ) is a standard on its own, it is different and separate from the fixtures UL/ETL listing and DLC listing.

What Type of Food Processing Lighting Is Safe for Food Safety?

When it comes to food safety, the best option is lights that have NSF certification. There are different types of food-safe lights available. These include Round style hanging fixtures to linear strip NSF fixtures.

What Is an NSF Rating?

NSF rating is a certification that certifies a light passes the NSF Organization’s test. This test examines a fixture’s ability to work in a food sanitary environment.

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Before You Buy: Food Grade LED Lights

What NSF Certification Zones Do Your Fixtures Cover?

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

When Is NSF Lighting Required?

You need to use NSF-rated lights in commercial food processing environments. The health departments of many municipalities and states have strict guidelines. These guidelines detail when and where you should install these fixtures.

Do You Have the Certificate Showing the NSF Rating?

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

Can You Wash Down Food Grade Light Fixtures?

Yes, in fact, that is the idea. Food grade lighting is designed to be able to withstand constant wash down to keep food safe areas clean. Our lights are corrosion resistant.

Can I Use a Motion Sensor with Food Safe Lighting?

If you use a motion sensor it also must be NSF rated. You cannot add any motion sensor to an NSF-rated fixture.

What Happens If the Lens Breaks?

If the lens breaks during normal operations, we will cover the fixture under warranty. The warranty does not cover acts of God or abuse. Many of our lenses are tempered glass and designed to withstand impact.

Do Food Safe LED Lights Use a Glass or Plastic Lens?

Our food-safe LED fixtures have tempered glass lenses. Our tubular-style linear NSF fixtures have frosted polycarbonate lens covers. You should not have to worry about broken glass issues.

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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. 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 Hottest Temperature Food Processing LED Lighting can operate in?

The fixtures we sell operate up to 131F max temperature.

Are Your Food Grade LED Lighting Fixtures IP69K?

Yes, they are. This means they can be washed down with high-pressure hot water.

Installation Information On Food Grade LED Lights

Are There Any Installation Instructions Specific to Food Manufacturing Lighting?

The actual fixtures themselves are easy to install. You should use a qualified electrician. They should be familiar with NSF-rated fixtures. They should also know the rules for connecting lights to junction boxes.

Can Food Safe LED Fixtures Be Pendant Mounted?

Yes, some of our fixtures have a pendant mount option. Other options include an eye hook and suspended wire mount. More often than not, food factory lighting is either pendant or eye hook mounted because it makes it easier to wash down.