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ENERGY STAR Launches New Program for Solid-State Lighting
The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its new ENERGY STAR rating is for solid-state lighting products, starting with undercabinet shelf-mounted task lighting, portable desk task lights, recessed downlights and outdoor step lights and pathway lights.
The new program, which was launched Sept. 30, will include both residential and commercial applications intended for general illumination. DOE is following a two-phase approach for the program —the first phase allows for early participation of a limited range of market-ready products while the second phase sets out more rigorous performance targets for future products.
The first group of products eligible for the ENERGY STAR program will take advantage of the directional nature of LED technology. These products include undercabinet shelf-mounted task lighting, portable desk task lights, recessed downlights and outdoor step lights and pathway lights.
By 2011, the ENERGY STAR program will allow all types of SSL applications for general lighting. Until then, the ENERGY STAR program will identify specific types of lighting applications to be added to the program. Some applications include street and area lighting, parking garage lighting, cove lighting, replacement lamp applications and wallwash applications.