This paper describes a novel method to measure the temporal latency of electroencephalography (EEG) systems using a customized photosensitive phantom. The system was evaluated with three different EEG devices, a medical grade (g.Tec), a consumer grade (Emotiv), and a low-cost device (Arduino SpikerShield). The temporal latencies of the three EEG devices were measured. The proposed method can be easily adapted to assess other EEG devices. The measurements obtained in this experiment provided concrete data for future experiments where accurate timing data are critical. Published under license by AIP Publishing.