How is lighting performance measured with the ANSI/PLATO FL1 protocol? - Petzl Canada
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How is lighting performance measured with the ANSI/PLATO FL1 protocol?

Warnings

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  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
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ANSI/PLATO FL1

Brightness (lumens).

Brightness (lumens)

This measurement is taken between 30 and 120 seconds after the headlamp is turned on. It indicates the maximum light output, when the lamp is first turned on, using new batteries.

Lighting distance (meters).

Lighting distance (meters)

This is the maximum distance between the lamp and the location where only 0.25 lux of illumination remains. The measurement is taken when the lamp is turned on, using new batteries. Lighting distance depends directly on brightness, but mainly on the shape of the beam.

Burn time (hours).

Burn time (hours)

This corresponds to the length of time during which lighting is optimal. It is measured 30 seconds after the lamp is turned on and for as long as the lamp takes to drop to 10 % of maximum light output.

Reserve lighting.

Reserve lighting (outside the scope of ANSI/PLATO FL1)

In addition to these measures, Petzl guarantees reserve lighting. Reserve lighting provides enough light for walking. However, the light may not be sufficient for fast-paced activities (such as running, mountain biking, skiing...).

Example of a light output curve.

Example of a light output curve for a STANDARD LIGHTING headlamp.