Dept. of Energy Ends Lighting Facts Program
The Department of Energy will end the Lighting Facts Program by the end of March 2018. The demise of the Lighting Facts program is due to the reduction in Government funding.
Turbulence in Washington D.C. over Government funding of several Government programs has touched the Department of Energy. Moreover, the Department of Energy decides to end the LED Lighting Facts program.
Ending Lighting Facts Program will demand DesignLights to act. The DesignLights Consortium is the collaboration of utility companies and regional energy efficiency associations committed to raising awareness of benefits of commercial buildings energy efficient lighting.
The DLC is one of the resources for program administrators, supplying qualified lists, about solid-state-lighting that helps them make informed decisions about SSL products to include in their energy efficient advertisements.
The primary reference tool is Energy Star for solid-state-lighting. Moreover, DLC fills in the gaps for regional listings and categories that Energy Star omits.
Energy Star is working closely with the DLC to improve the Qualified Products list and procedures. Eventually, Members expect DesignLights Consortium products from their Qualified Products list will ultimately be integrated into the Energy Star list once comparable categories are combined.
Leaving the DesignLights Consortium to come up with another way to make manufacturers accountable for solid-state lighting product and performance associated with specifications.
The elimination of Lighting Facts will pressure the DesignLights Consortium who are the monitors for utility rebates, to find a method that authenticates products, to meet manufacturer specifications and performance and support over time.
Not familiar with the Lighting Facts Program by the Dept. of Energy. It is the label on the light bulb box that gives you the break down of the product contents. For an example, the brightness of the light bulb, energy cost, and life of the lamp. The crucial label information a consumer refers to for choosing the correct light bulb.
Department of Energy’s Lighting Facts is the foundational building block of the solid-state-light that has culminated in energy savings for lighting. The main reason for this program was to bring stability to people and institutions who participate in the program.
The D.O.E programs have played a vital role in SSL approval. Also, Lighting Facts was crucial for LEDs taking its place in the mainstream.
Products listed in the Lighting Facts database, manufacturers had to have LM-97 testing. After completing the test, manufacturers had to include the Lighting Facts Label with applicable specifications that consumers could understand.
Manufacturers who participated in the (LM-97) program testing were subject to random testing. To ensure the products performed reliably over time.
The DesignLights Consortium along with a variety of other industrial program listings that determines the product is covered by purchasing incentives and or rebates.
Since the decision of the Department of Energy to end the program, DLC said that the Lighting Facts submission would not be a requirement for its application. The DLC acknowledges the need for LM-97 laboratory accreditation.
Hopefully, the DesignLights Consortium will have a new policy in place at the end of March 2018 when Lighting Facts ends.
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