Did you know the Department of Energy is ending the LED Lighting Facts® Program? Here’s how the DesignLights Consortium® is reacting and the short and long term implications.
The LM-79 portion of the DLC® application will be removed March 30, 2018. The DesignLights Consortium is maintaining a list of all approved labs that can conduct the LM-79 test here.
Don’t know what the LED Lighting Facts program is?
The DOE’s LED Lighting Facts program showcases LED products for general illumination from manufacturers who commit to testing products and reporting performance results according to industry standards. For lighting buyers, designers, and energy efficiency programs, the program provides information essential to evaluating SSL products. Central to the program is the LED Lighting Facts label, which presents independently verified performance data in a simple summary that facilitates accurate comparison between products. The data is measured by the industry standard for testing photometric performance, IES LM-79, and covers five areas: light output (lumens), watts, efficacy (lumens per watt), correlated color temperature, and color rendering index. Optional information related to LED lumen maintenance and warranty may also be provided on the label. Learn more about the LED Lighting Facts program here.
The DesignLights Consortium® 2018 Controls Summit was held in San Ramon, California at the spectacular San Ramon Valley Conference Center. The one-day interactive workshop focused on shaping the future of lighting controls technology and discussed ways to increase adoption.
“Listening to updates on current utility networked lighting control programs and the results of the DLC study on utility needs and best practices for NLCs was very important to us,” said Steve Bolibruck, Director of Technical Services. “We need to understand the potential rebate program design for NLCs so we can be prepared to include them in the Encentivizer™ database for our customers.It was also beneficial to participate in the Version 3.0 technical requirements discussion.”
The manufacturers in attendance were able to provide their perspective as well. They are the ones that need to be able to build the products to meet the technical requirements – it’s critical to hear what what challenges they face and the feedback they have on the evolving requirements. In Table 3: Capability and Requirement Definitions of Version 3.0, Energy Monitoring and Security capabilities were updated. These were the major additions to Version 3.0 of the Technical Requirements. Energy Monitoring (the capability of a system to report its own energy consumption and quantify how it’s working) and Security (collection of data and storage).
You can see Draft 1, Version 3.0 of Networked Lighting Control System Technical Requirements here.
Coming up in the future, the DLC is working on the refinement of the draft policy of Version 3.0. There will be another comment period in May and then the final policy will be released and implemented June 1, 2018.