UL 153

Standard for Portable Electric Luminaires

1.1 These requirements cover portable luminaires and subassemblies whose primary function is task or ambient illumination. These products are intended for use in accordance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.

1.2 These requirements cover portable luminaires intended for connection to a nominal 120-volt, 15- or 20-ampere branch circuit, by means of an attachment plug, a mating connector assembly, or a non-integral power supply.

1.3 Light emitting diode (LED) components and subassemblies integral to a portable luminaire covered by this standard shall comply with the applicable requirements of the Standard for Light Emitting Diode (LED) Equipment for Use in Lighting Products, UL 8750.

1.4 These requirements do not cover portable luminaires within the scope of the following standards:

Standard for Electric Signs, UL 48

Standard for Portable Sun/Heat Lamps, UL 482

Standard for Seasonal and Holiday Decorative Products, UL 588

Standard for Luminaires for Use in Hazardous (Classified) Locations, UL 844

Standard for Household and Commercial Furnishings, UL 962

Standard for Electric Aquarium Equipment, UL 1018

Standard for Amateur Movie Lights, UL 1230

Standard for Direct Plug-In Nightlights, UL 1786

UL 962 applies to products such as an illuminated makeup mirror or a lava lamp, where the primary function is not task or ambient lighting.


  • Edition Number: 13
  • Edition Date: 03/03/2014
  • Price Code: C
  • Type: ulstd
  • ANSI Approved: 12/15/2015
  • DOD Approved: