2014-05-05

DOE Publishes Updated SSL R&D Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the 2014 edition of the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP). This year's edition provides a description of the activities DOE plans to undertake over the next several years to implement its SSL mission, and informs the development of annual SSL R&D funding opportunities.
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2014-05-01

DOE: Updated Model Specification for Networked Outdoor Lighting Control Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy's Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) has released an update to its Model Specification for Adaptive Control and Remote Monitoring of LED Roadway Luminaires, V1.0. The new resource has been renamed to better reflect its evolving scope. 
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2014-04-29

Philips Receives Energy Star Award For Second Year in a Row

Tomorrow night in Washington DC, EPA and DOE will honor businesses and organizations for their outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emission through energy efficiency at the 2014 Energy Star Award ceremony.
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2014-04-24

DOE Publishes CALiPER Report on LED T8 Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released an Application Summary Report that focuses on the bare-lamp performance of 31 linear LED lamps intended as an alternative to T8 fluorescent lamps. 
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2014-04-18

DOE Proposes Raising Lighting Standards for GSFLs and IRLs

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Department of Energy in U.S. has recently proposed a new lighting standard to make general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs) more energy efficient.
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2014-04-17

DOE Publishes CALiPER Report on LED PAR38 Lamps Dimming, Flicker, and Power Quality

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released Report 20.2, which is part of a series of investigations on LED PAR38 lamps. Report 20.2 focuses on dimming, flicker, and power quality characteristics evaluated with a single dimmer.
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2014-03-07

DOE Publishes CALiPER Snapshot Report on LED MR16 Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a Snapshot Report on MR16 lamps, which utilizes the LED Lighting Facts® program's extensive product database to help industry stakeholders understand the current state and trajectory of the market for that class of products.
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2014-03-03

DOE Announces 2013 Outdoor Winners for Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

The 2013 winners in the outdoor category of the Next Generation LuminairesTM Solid-State Lighting Design Competition were announced at the Strategies in Light conference in Santa Clara, CA. Sponsored by DOE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, NGL was created to recognize and promote excellence in commercial LED lighting products.
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2014-02-07

DOE Publishes New Report on Lessons and Issues Learned Developing SSL Market

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report that documents early challenges and lessons learned in the development of the SSL market. Entitled Solid-State Lighting: Early Lessons Learned on the Way to Market, it summarizes early actions taken by DOE and others to avoid potential problems that were anticipated based on lessons learned from the market introduction of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The report also identifies issues, challenges, and new lessons that have been learned in the early stages of SSL market introduction.
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2014-01-14

DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on Pedestrian Friendly Outdoor Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new GATEWAY report entitled Pedestrian Friendly Outdoor Lighting. Recognizing that pedestrian lighting has different criteria for success than street and area lighting, GATEWAY followed two pedestrian-scale lighting projects that required multiple mockups – one at Stanford University in California and the other at Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York – to gain insight into what those criteria might be, how they differ from street and area lighting applications, and how solid-state lighting can be better applied in pedestrian applications.
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2014-01-07

SWITCH Lighting Receives Recognition Award from U.S. Department of Energy’s LED Lighting Facts Program

SWITCH Lighting announced that it received a Special Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Energy’s LED Lighting Facts. SWITCH was honored for its commitment and dedication to manufacturing and designing quality lighting products in each category and market that it serves. This year, LED Lighting Facts recognized 18 organizations for their support for the LED Lighting Facts program, and for their work in the LED lighting industry.
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2013-12-24

DOE Publishes Report on Accelerated Life Testing of SSL Luminaires

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the findings of a new study utilizing a highly accelerated life-test method (called the “hammer test”) intended to produce failures in SSL luminaires in a reasonable test period, with the goal of providing insight into potential failure modes. EntitledHammer Testing Findings for Solid-State Lighting Luminaires, the report was prepared by RTI International for DOE’s LED Systems Reliability Consortium.
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2013-12-10

DOE Announces $10 Million to Advance Innovative, Energy-Saving Lighting Technologies

As part of cutting energy waste and doubling energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $10 million to support research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country. This funding will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.
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2013-12-04

DOE Publishes CALiPER Snapshot Report on LED A Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a Snapshot Report on LED A lamps, which utilizes the LED Lighting Facts® program's extensive product database to help industry stakeholders understand the current state and trajectory of the market for that class of products.
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2013-11-28

DOE Posts Up Presentations at 2013 SSL Market Introduction Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) thanks all who participated in the eighth annual Solid-State Lighting Market Introduction Workshop, held November 12–14 in Portland, Oregon. More than 200 attendees gathered to share the latest updates and strategies for successful market introduction of high-quality, energy-efficient SSL solutions.
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2013-11-11

DOE Publishes New Report on Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers

DOE has published a new report, Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers: The Specifier's Process for Maximizing Success. The report was created in response to issues raised about dimming by energy efficiency organizations and specifiers, and is based on experience from CALiPER testing and GATEWAY demonstrations.
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2013-11-08

DOE Publishes New CALiPER Report on Subjective Evaluation of LED PAR38 Lamps

DOE has published the first in a series of four special investigations intended to extend the findings of CALiPER Application Summary Report 20: LED PAR38 Lamps, which was published late last year. The new report, CALiPER Report 20.1: Subjective Evaluation of Beam Quality, Shadow Quality, and Color Quality for LED PAR38 Lamps, focuses on a subset of the lamps from Report 20, which were separately assessed by members of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
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2013-11-04

DOE Publishes Pricing and Efficacy Trend Analysis for Utility Program Planning

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report, SSL Pricing and Efficacy Trend Analysis for Utility Program Planning. The report was created in response to requests from utilities and energy efficiency organizations for information to help them forecast the order in which important SSL applications will become cost-effective and estimate when each “tipping point” will be reached. It includes performance trend analysis from DOE's LED Lighting Facts® and CALiPER programs, plus cost analysis from various sources.
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2013-10-29

DOE Publishes Report on Color Stability of LED Lighting Products

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report, Color Maintenance of LEDs in Laboratory and Field Applications. Although concern for parametric failure of LED lighting products has largely been focused on lumen maintenance, color shift is a cause of early failure for some products, especially in applications where visual appearance is critical.
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2013-10-10

U.S. DOE Publish SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published its latest Solid State Lighting (SSL) Manufacturing R&D Roadmap for 2013. The Roadmap complements the SSL R&D Multi-Year Program Plan that guides the Core and Product Development R&D programs. According to DOE press release, the roadmap is an extension of the 2012 roadmap.  
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2013-08-13

DOE Releases Gateway Report Comparing LED Streetlights with HPS

As early as 2011, the Municipal Solid-State Streetlighting Consortium (MSSLC) of US Department of Energy (DOE) has conducted a trial on nine SSL streetlights in Kansas City. Recently, DOE released a Gateway report in support of the result of the test that the Municipal Solid-State Streetlighting Consortium (MSSLC) conducted on nine LED-based luminaires relative to high-pressure-sodium (HPS) lights. The report reveals that the LED lights didn't universally best the HPS incumbents in terms of lumen output or efficacy, but the solid-state l...
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2013-08-01

U.S.Department of Energy Selects Eaton for Research Grant to Develop Next Generation of Energy Efficient Lighting

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton today announced that it has received a $2.4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to explore the development of energy efficient lighting products. Eaton’s research, slated for completion in 2015, will aim to improve the manufacturing speed of LED fixtures by three times over the typical rate, reduce LED light engine costs by five times and reduce assembly costs by approximately 50 percent. “This partnership with industry to produce affordable, efficient lighting will save consumers money and ...
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2013-07-02

DOE msslc to Hold Annual Meeting in September

United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that its municipal solid state lamps alliance (msslc) intends to hold annual meeting on September 11 in phoenix. The meeting will be available for alliance members, including government and utility workers, staff working for street project, lighting designers and consultants, as well as financial and budgetary professionals, such as energy services companies. Attendees will learn LED streetlight project committed by the American city from this meeting. Speeches will include information on funding options, especially in t...
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2013-06-25

Cost of LED Lighting is Expected to be Reduced with Subsidy from DOE

United States Department of Energy (DOE) released the latest report that the installs of LED lamps in United States increased 10-fold in the past two years from 4.5 million units in 2010 to 49 million units in 2012, it is estimated that annual savings in energy costs is about US $ 675 million. By 2030, LED lighting is expected to account for 75% of the total lighting sales, and the saved energy is available for 26 million American families. Ernest Moniz, Energy Minister, recently announced that the Department of Energy will subsidize five manufacturing research an...
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2013-06-19

DOE Offers Subsidy of US $10.1 million to LED Lighting for Two Years

According to the latest report from United States Department of Energy (DOE), in the past two years, the installation of LED lamp in United States increased 10-fold from 4.5 million units in 2010 to 49 million units in 2012, it is estimated that $ 675 million can be saved in energy costs every year. By 2030, LED lighting is expected to account for 75% of the total lighting sales, the saved energy can be provided for 26 million American families. Ernest Moniz, Minister of DOE, said that the efficient lighting industry not only can save money for consumers, but also ...
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2013-06-08

Cree Receives $2.3M Grant for LED Lighting Progress

Cree has received a matching $2.3 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to advance its research and development of light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting products. The agency said the $10.1 million in competitive, matching grants to five companies are for two-year projects that "will focus on achieving significant cost reductions while maintaining quality by improving manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques." Greg Merritt, vice president for marketing with Durham, N.C.-based Cree, said Wednesday the company has been working with the DOE...
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2013-06-07

DOE:LED Lights Saved $675M in Energy Costs in 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) did a study of how much electricity was saved last year thanks to the use of LED in nine kinds of applications (various kinds of indoor lights, streetlights, etc). The numbers are impressive: "In 2012, about 49 million LED lamps and luminaires were installed in the nine applications. LEDs in these markets saved approximately 71 trillion British thermal units (tBtu), equivalent to an annual energy cost savings of about $675 million"!   But what's even more impressive is the potential for improvement. There is stil...
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2013-06-06

Green Ray Breaks LED Lumen Barrier

Green Ray LED, the aggressive, locally headquartered lighting manufacturer, has produced what is being hailed as the world’s most efficient LED lamp The U.S. Department of Energy has pronounced Green Ray’s new tube lamp the brightest of all, at a record-breaking 173 lumens per watt. LED lights sold in most big-box stores are 48-60 lm/W, with specialty products running as high as 130 lm/W. "Our bulb blows the doors off,” said Peter Richard, corporate manager of Green Ray USA. "This is a real technological breakthrough that’...
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2013-06-05

DOE Announces $10.1M to Five Companies for R&D Intend to Lower Cost of Energy-efficient SSL

As a response to the (solid-state lighting) SSL Manufacturing R&D funding opportunity announcement made in December, the US. Department of Energy (DOE) has competitively selected five projects for SSL to receive the fourth round of funding. The two-year projects will focus on reducing costs while maintaining quality by improving the quality and performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Total DOE funding for the five projects is $10.1 million, while the five companies will put in a matching $10.1 million investment...
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2013-05-07

DOE Reports Adoption of LEDs in Common Lighting Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has come out a report "Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications," providing estimates of current energy savings, as well as potential savings if these markets switched to LEDs overnight. Nine markets were analyzed: --Four indoor lamp applications (A-type, directional, MR-16, and decorative) --Three indoor luminaire applications (downlight, troffer, and high-bay) --Two outdoor luminaire applications (streetlight and parking lot/garage). In 2012, about 49 million LED lamps and luminaires...
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Nichia’s Tunable 757 receives rave reviews from industry leaders, including the coveted LpS Best Sustainability Technology Award. Nichia, the leader in and inventor of the high-brightness LED, announced its game-changing single LES, tuna... READ MORE

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