Author Archives: Fritzi Pieper

DesignLights Consortium Drives Innovation With Updates to the SSL Qualified Products List

The Solid-State Lighting (SSL) industry is poised to take a leap forward in energy efficiency and performance as Northeast Energy Efficiency (NEEP) updated the DesignLights Consortium®’s (DLC) SSL Qualified Products List (QPL) at the turn of the year.


Thanks to the 2013 specification revision to the DLC QPL, lighting manufacturers, energy efficiency program administrators, and others in the SSL industry can continue to promote energy efficient lighting technology with the latest most innovative and high-performing products. The newest version of the list had been phased in over the last few months, having allowed products that met the previous requirements to remain on the list until January 1, 2014. At that time, products which did not meet the new requirements were removed from the active QPL and placed on the “Products No Longer Qualified” list.

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25K and Climbing!

The QPL is growing at a blistering pace!

LEXINGTON, MA, July 11, 2013 – The international commercial LED lighting qualification program, DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) marked its biggest milestone yet last month when it listed its 25,000th high efficiency lighting product on its Qualified Products List (QPL). The DLC QPL is 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 into Canada while informing manufacturer product development. Continue reading

Join the DLC in Chicago to Delve into the Ever-Evolving SSL Industry

chicago lightsLet us take you on a journey. A journey of commercial lighting developments through time, and into a bright and promising future. Don’t miss the 2013 DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Stakeholder Meeting in Chicago (July 22-25), where a group of keynote panelists will be presenting exciting developments and prospects in the three main communities which make up DLC stakeholders: utility and energy efficiency programs, lighting manufacturers and lighting designers (Testing labs, installers, researchers and customers have no need to feel left out—we are thinking of you all the time!).

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The DLC sheds some light on LIGHTFAIR2013

Lightfair 2013 When’s the last time you walked into your living room and got excited about your light fixtures? Really? Never? Well, then you’ve clearly never been to a lighting convention before! I had no idea what I was in for. Picture a massive room the size of a football field, covered in intricate booths that showed off the newest lighting technology using an array of colorful, vibrant displays that left my eyes sparkling (and gave me sore feet from trying to visit each and every station, an almost impossible feat…almost). Continue reading

Registration has opened for the most anticipated Solid State Lighting event of the year!

NEEP’s DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project has announced the opening of registration for the 2013 DLC Stakeholder Meeting which will be held on July 22-25 in Chicago!

Anticipation for this conference has been high since the inaugural DLC Stakeholder Meeting was held in Atlanta, GA last year. This year, the DLC team has been working hard to make the experience as, if not more, beneficial and interesting to solid state lighting (SSL) players. “Forward-looking” and “cutting edge” have been a theme throughout this year’s planning process for the event and the team is confident that attendees will not be disappointed.

The DLC team at last year's stakeholder meeting in Atlanta.

The DLC team at last year’s stakeholder meeting in Atlanta.

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Illuminating the SSL Industry, 2013 DLC Stakeholder Meeting



July 22-25
Second annual DesignLights Consortium®
Stakeholder Meeting
Hyatt Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL. Continue reading

NEEP’s DesignLights Consortium® receives AESP award!

Jon Linn (Left), John Hargrove (Right)

Jon Linn (Left), John Hargrove (Right)

We here at NEEP are ecstatic to be recognized by Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Program Design Implementation  for our DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project.  AESP, is a national organization dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, and has been a leader in collaborating with partners in the energy industry to recognize energy efficiency programs that truly transform the market.  NEEP’s Jon Linn, Commercial Programs Manager, was at AESP’s annual conference to accept the award. Continue reading

DLC Stakeholder Meeting Bringing Together International Lighting Industry

“The value of gathering a variety of DLC stakeholders in one place to engage in constructive and candid dialog can’t be overstated.” – Dan Mellinger, Efficiency Vermont

The first DesignLights Consortium® (DLC)  Stakeholder Meeting in Atlanta, GA was a huge success and brought together professionals from all over the lighting industry. Through informal, educational sessions, context panels, break-out sessions, and structured networking, DLC was able to and make new connections and offer unique perspectives and opportunities to build mutual understanding among all stakeholders. Continue reading

The Future of LED Innovation: An interview with the DOE’s Jim Brodrick

James Brodrick photo

Dr. James Brodrick, lighting program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies

As the DesignLights ™ Consortium (DLC) gears up for the 2012 Stakeholder Meeting October 28-31 in Atlanta, GA, we had a chance to sit down with the meeting keynote speaker, Dr. James Brodrick, lighting program manager
for the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies
Program, to talk about his perspective of the future of the LED lighting market. Drawing on extensive technical and market knowledge, Dr. Brodrick has designed a comprehensive DOE strategy to move SSL from lab to market. During this interview, Dr. Brodrick spoke to the value of the DOE and the DLC in advancing quality, performance, and energy efficiency in LED lighting. Continue reading

DesignLights™ Consortium Adds Eleven New Categories to its Qualified Product List

The DesignLights™ Consortium (DLC), a project managed by NEEP, announced this week the addition of eleven new commercial SSL luminaire categories to its Qualified Products List (QPL).  The QPL now lists products in thirty categories.  New featured categories include Flood and Spot Lighting, Stairwell and Passageway Lighting, as well as eight retrofit kit categories. The new DLC Category Specifications take effect immediately. Continue reading