NGLIA Supports DOE Initiatives for Quality, ENERGY STAR

August 18, 2008

Since 2005, the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA) has provided valuable support to the DOE Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program, offering input to shape DOE research priorities, develop needed industry standards, and provide input for DOE market-based programs such as ENERGY STAR®. Both DOE and NGLIA share a common interest in accelerating market introduction of high-quality, energy-efficient SSL products, and protecting the growing, fragile new market from low-quality products that will harm first impressions.

Two new DOE initiatives will further address this issue of quality. The SSL Quality Advocates Initiative – jointly developed by DOE and NGLIA – will encourage more consistent industry reporting of SSL performance, through reference to industry standards. DOE has also initiated a new study on Life Cycle Analysis of SSL, to provide a soup to nuts assessment of the energy and materials costs associated with SSL technology. The first phase of the study will involve gathering relevant data from NGLIA members and other sources.

DOE values the support provided by NGLIA for these new quality initiatives as well as existing programs. The DOE ENERGY STAR program for SSL is poised to launch in September 2008, providing yet another reliable means of distinguishing quality products. Despite the confusion caused by EPA’s release of conflicting criteria for ENERGY STAR SSL products, the NGLIA remains a strong proponent of the DOE ENERGY STAR SSL program, as evidenced in recent DOE-NGLIA correspondence.