Light is amazing. Not only is the lightbulb the international symbol for ideas and innovation, but lighting is one of humankind’s earliest technologies. From the first fires to candles to oil lamps, when Thomas Edison created the incandescent lightbulb in 1879, it was the best invention since—well, the lightbulb! However, though the bulb itself represented innovation, the incandescent technology used today is largely the same as in Edison’s time—hardly innovative.
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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.
According to NEEP’s Northeast Residential Lighting Strategy (RLS) Update, energy savings from efficient lighting continues to be the most cost effective measure for efficiency programs. In order to expand upon the savings from efficiency programs, ratepayer funded programs require robust support. The RLS update serves as a supplemental document to NEEP’s original 2012 Northeast RLS with current information, and not as a replacement. Continue reading
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
The saying, “you only have one chance to make a first impression” has never been so true than for the CFL. When the highly efficient light bulb was first introduced into the market two decades ago, even the most die-hard energy efficiency experts would agree the technology was probably not ready for prime time. The light output was low and the bulbs took a long time to “warm up”. Those first versions of CFL bulbs left the market frustrated. Since then, through many upgrades to the CFL bulb, the market still holds a grudge. Many are not willing to admit that the CFL of today is a completely new generation of technology that far surpasses the bulb of yesteryear. Continue reading
“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
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
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
Residential lighting efficiency programs don’t come as cheap as they used to. Due to increasing product costs and federal Energy Information and Security Act (EISA) standards that raise minimum efficiency requirements and lower the incremental savings of high efficiency lighting products, lighting programs need bigger budgets to gain smaller but still significant energy savings. At the same time, programs are increasingly being asked to achieve long-term market transformation simultaneously with short-term aggressive resource acquisition goals. Continue reading
The DesignLights™ Consortium (DLC) Qualified Product List (QPL) (www.designlights.org) provides a central place for manufacturers to submit products for qualification and for utilities and energy efficiency program administrators to distinguish high performing products for use in their incentive programs. Due to the rapid technological advances in the Solid State Lighting (SSL) industry, the DLC continues to update and improve its specification criteria and product categories. The DLC last updated its specifications in July 2011, adding specifications for eight additional product categories at the same time. The specification change resulted in 1300 products being dropped from the QPL in April 2012for not meeting the new specs. However, the QPL recovered the number of products in less than a month, bringing the list back to registering over 10,000 products by the end of May 2012.