Webinar for new product categories and updated specifications for current categories scheduled for August 2, 2011, at 2pm EST. Lighting manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the Solid State Lighting (SSL) field now have more options for promoting and incentivizing energy efficient lighting technology thanks to a recent revision to the DesignLights Consortium’s Solid State Lighting Qualified Products List (QPL). The list, which features cutting edge lighting products that can be considered for incentives by utility efficiency programs in the US and Canada, has added eight new product categories, including Horizontal Refrigerated Case Lighting, Retrofit Kits for Outdoor Decorative Luminaires, and Linear Fluorescent Replacement Lamps.
Due to the rapid technological advances in the SSL industry, the group has conducted an update to its specification criteria and also added new product categories. The new categories now on the QPL are:
- Wall-wash Luminaires
- Horizontal Refrigerated Case Lighting
- Linear Panels, 1x4
- Linear Panels, 2x4
- Retrofit Kits for Outdoor Area and Roadway Luminaires
- Retrofit Kits for Outdoor Decorative Luminaires
- 4’ Linear Fluorescent Replacement Lamps
In addition to adding categories to the QPL, the DLC has updated the qualifying specifications for the original 11 categories to ensure the list captures the most efficient lighting products. “It’s very important that utilities and program administrators have the most up-to-date information on the most promising new technology,” said Jon Linn, Commercial Programs Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), the organization spearheading the DLC. “That is why the DLC periodically updates its specification criteria. We have reviewed and updated performance specs for the 11 existing categories. We examined market developments, especially through utility program incentive requests, and we have adjusted levels for efficacy, light output, color properties, warranty, power factor, etc.” The new updates take effect immediately for new products. Currently listed products which fail to meet the new specs will be allowed to remain on the list for a fixed period of time to allow manufacturers to update their products and reapply for qualification. The DLC will be hosting a free webinar on the updates to the specifications on Tuesday, August 2 at 2pm.