What doesDLC mean? DLC stands for Design Lights Consortium. It is anenergy efficiency program sponsored by the Northeast Energy EfficiencyPartnerships (NEEP). Why DLC?: The purpose of the DLC is to provide high quality, high efficiencylighting solutions in the commercial lighting sector throughout the US andCanada.
This is accomplished through Qualified Product List (QPL) of highefficiency products which have qualified or exceeded pre-defined categoryrequirements. This QPL can be accessed by DLC Members comprised of regional, state, utility and energy efficiency program when searching for quality, highefficiency products. In addition, the DLC provides a platform for collaborationamong energy efficiency partners in the drive for innovative technologies. Having a productlisted on the QPL allows you to market your product as Design LightsConsortium™ qualified. This will further enable your products to be viewed andpotentially selected by DLC members for energy efficiency rebates andincentives. Much of the progress andinnovation we’ve seen in the lighting market is thanks to the efforts of theDLC. No matterwhat type of light you’re considering buying (commercial or residential), youcan use Energy Star and DLC labels to help direct you towards the luminariesthat will be the kindest to the environment while also reducing your energycosts and maintenance.
Benefits to theCustomers: End-Usersare confident in knowing that the products have passed the required testing andthat they are more likely to perform over their rated lives. Governing bodiesbenefit from increased efficiencies and reduced energy demands. Over the lasteight months, the DLC has been working on a large research project to developbetter estimates of energy savings for new, networked lighting control systems. As part of this work the DLC has been collecting energy data to betterunderstand how this data collected by networked lighting control systems can bemore effectively used. Theutilities, regulators, manufacturers, specifiers, and end-users withbetter estimates of NLC energy savings by utilizing embedded energy reporting capabilitiesand anonymized performance data from NLC systems across a variety of existinginstallations.
The DLC brings usa step closer to being able to realize the full potential energy data fromlighting and building systems. The DLC set out to address three major goalsthrough this project. It improves existing NLC energy savings estimates, createa database to collect performance data and develop reporting guidelines forutilities and NLC manufacturers. Impactof DLC: Today, the DLC solid-state lighting QPL reached 300, 000 products thatmeet current DLC Technical Requirements. That’s 300, 000 commercial lightingproducts that are 50% more efficacious than just five years ago. With lightingcurrently representing approximately 7% of the US’s total electricityconsumption and 17% of all electricity consumed in US commercial buildings, this efficacy increase across 300, 000 products is a significant win incontinuing to reduce emissions. Congratulations to the manufacturers who are bringinginnovation and quality to the market and the policy-makers and DLC Members whoare inciting change.
Together, we are driving the efficiency of products up, and our energy load down across the US and Canada.