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DOE Launches Energy Star for Solid-State Lighting
The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the development of technical criteria that will allow qualified solid-state lighting to carry an Energy Star label.
DOE is seeking comments on the draft criteria by January 19, and will hold a stakeholder meeting on February 8, 2007, for further discussion and comment review. DOE expects to finalize the criteria during the spring, to become effective nine months later.
The ENERGY STAR criteria apply to general illumination products, such as under cabinet kitchen lights, outdoor pathway lights, downlights and task lamps.
The first solid-state lighting products to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label will be at least as efficient as fluorescent systems, according to DOE. The department expects qualifying products will be far more efficient than fluorescent systems as the technology improves.
To make the new Energy Star criteria possible, DOE worked closely with lighting industry standards organizations such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the American National Standards Institute, among others, to develop new performance testing procedures and other important industry standards to support solid-state lighting technology.
The Energy Star criteria are part of a comprehensive solid-state lighting technology commercialization program recently launched by DOE, intended to leverage a $100 million DOE investment in developing solid-state light technology, and to increase DOE’s research investment with commercial success for American businesses and energy savings for American consumers.