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States go one-stop shopping for SSL products.

Putting all their products in one proverbial basket, a consortium of utility and energy companies from 28 U.S. states and Canada has created a new list of qualified SSL products. The DesignLights Consortium (DLC)'s new Qualified Products List will serve as a resource for program administrators looking for approved SSL products to include in their state's energy-efficiency incentives for commercial customers.

To apply, manufacturers must submit product test data including IES LM-79 and LM-80 test reports and full IES files. Application requirements are similar to the government's Energy Star program, though the DLC program accepts submissions for a wider range of applications than is currently addressed under Energy Star. All applications are reviewed by a DLC analyst to ensure they meet with the program performance criteria. If approved, the product is added to the Qualified Products List, which is available to DLC Sponsors and Participants. These include program administrators from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Pacific Gas and Electric.

"The Qualified Products List benefits everyone interested in advancing solid state lighting technologies," says Jon Linn, commercial programs manager at NEEP. "Manufacturers need only to submit product data once to be considered for utility and state efficiency programs throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Northwest, California and Canada. Utility program administrators save time not having to review individual manufacturers' specifications and can be assured that qualified LED fixtures meet energy efficiency, color quality and projected lifetime requirements."

More information about the DLC Qualified Products List can be found at

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Title Annotation:UPDATES; solid-state lighting
Publication:LD+A Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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