LEDs have taken the energy efficiency industry by storm. It’s no secret that LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than any alternatives. However, for the commercial lighting sector, all LEDs are not created equal. That’s where the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) comes in.
Although several factors have contributed to the robust advancements in LED technology, one prominent influence has been the evolution of technical requirements from the DLC. The DLC acts like ENERGY STAR® from a technical compliance standpoint, except that it specifically focuses on commercially-oriented lamps and fixtures.
Much like with other standards, manufactures submit testing data to DLC, and DLC tests those products to identify and verify the highest performing fixtures and systems. DLC released a new version of its technical requirements for solid state lighting (v4.2) in April, which included expansions and revisions to the minimum specifications that products must meet to be listed on DLC’s qualified product list. As a result, more than 1/3 of LED fixtures were removed from the list - the effects of which can cost organizations energy efficient rebates if they are not aware of the changes.
Utilities typically rely on standards from DLC and Energy Star to determine which fixtures are eligible for incentives, and most rebate programs require commercial organizations to use DLC certified products. The grace period ended July 28, so now all products must meet the v4.2 requirements to remain on the list and that has had a significant impact on utility incentive programs.
If your business is considering or in the process of an LED roll-out, these new standards could be a deciding factor if you remain eligible for any utility incentives. Understanding the technical revisions and their impact on the qualified product list will be critical.
To navigate up-to-date eligibility requirements, Leidos’ customers rely on AMPLIFY™. The energy management platform not only provides a comprehensive and up-to-date database of incentive programs from more than 3,000 utilities, but it also catalogs the full list of DLC v4.2 qualified products and potential utility grace periods.
By using AMPLIFY™, organizations can easily understand if the product they are using, or considering using, in an LED roll-out remains DLC compliant under the latest standards. Further, AMPLIFY™ includes data on more than 800,000 fixtures to provide clients with better intelligence and peak efficiency options.
Without closely following DLC developments and an in-depth understanding of the impacts of future technical requirement versions, commercial organizations risk implementing an extensive lighting project only to find out later that the fixtures they chose will not offer rebates.