With growing product list, DLC remains at forefront of fast-moving industry
Lexington, MA, June 30, 2014 – The DesignLights Consortium®, an international commercial LED lighting qualification program, recently saw its Solid State Lighting (SSL) Qualified Products List (QPL) surpass 50,000 products.The list is a leading resource that distinguishes quality high efficiency LED products in the commercial sector. It sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and Canada while influencing performance and quality in manufacturer product development.
With this increase in qualified products on the DLC QPL, luminaire and component manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the SSL industry continue to improve energy efficient lighting technology with the latest most innovative and high-performing products.
The DLC, a Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) project, promotes quality, performance, and energy-efficiency in commercial-sector lighting through collaboration among its stakeholders. These are federal agencies, regional and state organizations, utilities, and energy efficiency programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as luminaire and component manufacturers, lighting testing labs, lighting designers, and industry experts.
“The DLC QPL is having a real impact on commercial lighting. The utilities are embracing its use in assuring the best in quality and energy efficiency, and manufacturers are eager to get on board,” said Irina Rasputnis, NEEP Commercial Program Manager. “Hitting this milestone so soon after raising the qualification requirements shows that DLC and the utility programs are significantly improving the LED lighting market. This is a great benefit to customers as they light their businesses, stores, institutions and offices”.
As the QPL grows, the DLC has identified additional ways to increase the list’s value as it relates to user’s needs. It is investigating processes to test and tier products, which will help to distinguish products on the list, provide quality control, and identify those products performing above baseline requirements.
The DLC continues to improve and evolve the QPL to increase value for its users. In addition to periodically revising its technical requirements, the DLC continually monitors potential new product application categories to add, it develops policies and procedures to keep the list honest and accurate, and it monitors industry testing procedures in order to keep its processes streamlined and up to date. The result is a resource that truly sets the bar for energy efficiency and quality in the commercial LED sector.
NEEP is a non-profit organization that transforms the way we use and think about energy. Through advocacy, collaboration and education we focus on three areas where we believe energy efficiency can have the greatest impact: buildings, high efficiency products & best practices. Our unique approach helps bring together all stakeholders to accelerate energy efficiency and highlight its impacts on the region, the economy, and the planet. For more information, visit www.neep.org.
ABOUT DESIGNLIGHTS CONSORTIUM
The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), that promotes quality, performance and energy efficient commercial sector lighting solutions through collaboration among its federal, regional, state, utility, and energy efficiency program members; luminaire manufacturers; lighting designers and other industry stakeholders throughout the U.S. and Canada. Over its 14 year history the DLC program has driven the lighting market towards innovation 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 across the U.S. and Canada while informing manufacturer product development.
Fritzi Pieper, DesignLights Consortium Marketing Associate
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
781-860-9177 Ext. 123
On Twitter: @DesignLightsSSL
Lisa Cascio, Public Relations Manager
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
781-860-9177 Ext. 137
On Twitter: @neepenergy