The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is an independent non-profit whose mission is to drive efficient lighting by defining quality, facilitating thought leadership, and delivering tools and resources to the lighting market through open dialogue and collaboration. The DLC began as a project of NEEP and spun-off as an independent organization in 2017. The DLC has driven the lighting market towards innovation for the last 14 years.
In 2010, NEEP launched the DesignLights Consortium Qualified Products List, a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high efficiency LED products for the commercial sector. Within a few months, programs from beyond the NEEP region asked to participate in the effort as DLC members and to use the resource. Today, the QPL sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and Canada while informing manufacturer product development. DLC members include utility, state and regional energy efficiency programs from over 30 states in the U.S. and three Canadian provinces. As of July 2014, the list contains over 50,000 luminaires and continues to grow.
Ensuring quality and performance in commercial LED lighting is crucial to NEEP stakeholders in the region and beyond as utilities and energy efficiency programs must meet their program savings goals. A set of Technical Requirements not only sets apart well performing and energy efficiency products but they also contribute to the transformation of the LED market towards a standard of performance that is acceptable on all levels and that protects energy efficiency programs as well as customers from acquiring non-energy efficient products. The end-goal is market transformation where Technical Requirements are no longer needed and all products have reached a level of performance that is acceptable and energy-efficient.
Recently, NEEP received the LED Lighting Facts Partner award from the DOE Lighting Facts program and the award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Program Design Implementation from the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP). These Accomplishments demonstrate not only the value that the DLC project brings to the energy efficiency community, but also the partnerships that are built within the industry because of it.
Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) Program
The DLC’s Networked Lighting (NLC) program is a suite of tools and resources to enable widespread adoption of Networked Lighting Controls in commercial buildings. Included are a qualified products list, case studies, training programs, reports, and other helpful resources and tools. The DLC will work in partnership with utilities, energy efficiency programs, and the lighting industry to deploy the tools.
Solid State Lighting
The DLC is working with market players throughout the SSL industry to accelerate energy efficiency in the commercial market by providing information, education, tools, and technical expertise for cutting edge technologies. Since 2010, the DLC has administered the Qualified Products List (QPL), a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high efficiency LED products for the commercial sector. Today, the QPL sets the bar for efficiency program incentives while informing manufacturer product development.