UL Revises UL 122 Standard for Photographic Equipment

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UL has released a new edition of UL 122, the standard for photographic equipment. This revision of ANSI/UL 122 is being issued to reaffirm approval as an American National Standard. No changes in requirements are involved. The 5th edition can now be purchased from UL’s website.


“1.1 These requirements cover electrically-operated, cord-connected photographic equipment rated 300 V or less, and permanently connected photographic equipment rated 600 volts or less, intended for household or commercial use on interior wiring systems in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70. These requirements also cover battery-powered photographic equipment involving a risk of fire or electric shock.

1.2 These requirements cover motion picture projectors, including those intended for use in motion picture theaters; still picture projectors; equipment intended for use in taking photographs; accessories intended for use with or installation upon picture projectors or intended to be employed in viewing, editing or handling films, slides, pictures, drawings, or similar stationary graphic material; cameras; chemical replenishers; contact printers; enlargers; exposure meters; film copiers, film cutters, film dryers; film editors; household film viewers; film and paper processors; film rewinders, film strip projectors; film strip projector-phonograph combinations; film strip projector-tape player combinations; motor-operated projector screens; silent and sound motion picture projectors; print dryers; print processors; printing easels; opaque projectors; overhead projectors; photoflash equipment; photographic timers; photometers, flash cameras; slide projectors; silver recovery units; slide projector-phonograph combinations; slide projector-tape player combinations; slide sorters; slide viewers; stripping and line-up tables; video printers; and similar equipment.

1.3 These requirements do not cover commercial film viewers and dark room safelights, which are evaluated under the requirements for fixtures and portable lamps; projector tables, which are evaluated under the requirements for utility tables; microfilm and micrographic equipment, which are evaluated under the requirements for office appliances and business equipment; or portable photographic lamps and floodlights, which are evaluated under the requirements for stage and studio lighting fixtures.

1.4 Electric photographic equipment intended for use in a hazardous location as defined in the National Electrical Code is evaluated on the basis of its compliance with the requirements in this standard, and other appropriate examination and tests to determine whether it is acceptable for the purpose.

1.5 A product that contains features, characteristics, components, materials, or systems new or different from those covered by the requirements in this standard, and that involves a risk of fire or of electric shock or injury to persons shall be evaluated using appropriate additional component and end-product requirements to maintain the level of safety as originally anticipated by the intent of this standard. A product whose features, characteristics, components, materials, or systems conflict with specific requirements or provisions of this standard does not comply with this standard. Revision of requirements shall be proposed and adopted in conformance with the methods employed for development, revision, and implementation of this standard.”

*Description from the UL website.

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