DOE Releases Report on Market Introduction of Compact Fluorescent Lighting in the U.S.

July 28, 2006

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the report, Compact Fluorescent Lighting in America: Lessons Learned on the Way to Market. Prepared by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the report provides an analysis of the market introduction of compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) in the U.S., with an emphasis on identifying lessons that could be applied to the market introduction of other new lighting technologies, such as solid-state lighting (SSL).

The report is based on:
• Extensive review of CFL literature, including program evaluations and market assessments
• Interviews with CFL manufacturers regarding their experiences with CFLs, and how their experiences might apply to the market introduction of SSL and other lighting technologies
• PNNL's own experience with DOE's CFL market introduction programs

Key findings related to market structure/conditions, consumer wariness, product performance and reliability, utility give-away programs, retail promotion, and other marketing and consumer education efforts provide valuable lessons for government, industry, and energy efficiency organizations.

The Department, in its leadership role, commissioned the report to assist and inform early planning for successful market introduction of SSL. The findings will guide DOE in its overall planning for SSL commercialization support activities, including the development of DOE ENERGY STAR® criteria for SSL products.

To learn more, download Compact Fluorescent Lighting in America: Lessons Learned on the Way to Market (PDF 935 KB).