Lighting Facts® Partners Recognized at DOE SSL Workshop

July 20, 2011

Nine Lighting Facts partners were recognized last week at the sixth annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Market Introduction Workshop, in Seattle, Washington. The three-day event brought together more than 275 utilities, energy efficiency program representatives, manufacturers, and other industry insiders and observers interested in keeping up to date on the latest SSL commercialization developments.

Photo of nine people—eight men and one woman—standing in a cluster, facing the camera.

Representatives from the nine recognized Lighting Facts partners, from left. Front row: Tom Harold, Grainger; Mark Hand, Acuity Brands; Connie Samla, SMUD. Middle row: Brian Brandes, Satco; James Brodrick, DOE; Eric Haugaard, BetaLED. Last row: Bill Hamilton, The Home Depot; Marc Maldoff, Lowe’s; Dan Mellinger, Efficiency Vermont; Makarand Chipalkatti, OSRAM SYLVANIA

According to Dr. James Brodrick, DOE’s Lighting Program Manager, the honorees exemplify how integrating the Lighting Facts program into their everyday business practices can help ensure that quality SSL products are available. “Representing the retailers, manufacturers and efficiency program sponsors, these organizations demonstrate a commitment to documenting the performance of the products they manufacture, sell, distribute, or promote. Their efforts help ensure that the products customers buy are well designed and perform as expected.”

Partners were recognized in the following categories:

Retailer and Distributor Partner:

  • Lowe’s Companies makes the Lighting Facts testing procedures a requirement for SSL suppliers.

Energy Efficiency Sponsor Partners:

  • Efficiency Vermont has been incentivizing quality SSL products since 2009 and was the first partner to register programs on the Lighting Facts Energy Efficiency Partner Resource.
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District consistently uses Lighting Facts while researching LED products and product categories to include in rebate programs.

Manufacturer Partners:

  • Acuity Brands supports the use of Lighting Facts for commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential markets.
  • BetaLED provides credible, comprehensive product data through the Lighting Facts program.
  • OSRAM Sylvania includes the Lighting Facts label on all LED retrofit products, allowing buyers to compare information using a consistent and uniform set of criteria.
  • Satco provides education on what the Lighting Facts label means in every sales presentation, stating the importance of choosing only LED items that are registered with Lighting Facts.

Special Recognition for Sustained Excellence was given to these companies who have demonstrated their commitment to Lighting Facts two years in a row:

  • Grainger requires all suppliers to take the Lighting Facts pledge as a prerequisite to launching a new LED solution or family of products with Grainger.
  • The Home Depot requires all suppliers to complete the standardized quality testing and provide the Lighting Facts label for review.

For more information about the DOE Lighting Facts Program, visit http://www.lightingfacts.com/. Workshop highlights and presentations will be posted on the SSL website at in the coming days.