U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Building Technologies Office – Market-Based Programs

LED Lighting Facts

LED lighting facts - A Program of the U.S. DOE

DOE's LED Lighting Facts® program showcases LED products for general illumination from manufacturers who commit to testing products and reporting performance results according to industry standards. For lighting buyers, designers, and energy efficiency programs, the program provides information essential to evaluating SSL products.

Central to the program is the LED Lighting Facts label, which presents independently verified performance data in a simple summary that facilitates accurate comparison between products. The data is measured by the industry standard for testing photometric performance, IES LM-79, and covers five areas: light output (lumens), watts, efficacy (lumens per watt), correlated color temperature, and color rendering index. Optional information related to LED lumen maintenance and warranty may also be provided on the label.

Resources and Tools

Products registered with the LED Lighting Facts program are listed in an online, searchable database. Manufacturers have the option of submitting information in addition to the required label metrics, including color and light characteristics. The online product list summarizes the verified data in an easy-to-access way, equipping buyers to make informed decisions about the best products for their applications. The LED Lighting Facts program also offers periodic "Product Snapshot" reports that reveal how today's LED products really perform, drawing on analysis of the verified performance data from the product list.

Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting (7 pages, July 2014)
Snapshot: Indoor LED Luminaires (7 pages, May 2014)
Snapshot: MR16 Lamps (8 pages, January 2014)
Snapshot: "Light Bulbs" (6 pages, November 2013)
Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting (7 pages, July 2013)
Snapshot: Indoor Ambient Lighting (6 pages, April 2013)
Product Snapshot Archive

DOE monitors the accuracy of reported product performance through random testing and periodic retesting. In November 2012, DOE hosted a Roundtable to explore needs and concerns related to the retesting. The Roundtable provided an opportunity for retailer, utility, specifier, and manufacturer partners to discuss how the LED Lighting Facts program can evolve and continue to be a valuable resource in the growth and development of the LED lighting market.

LED Lighting Facts Testing Roundtable Report

Related Activities

A working group under the joint auspices of DOE and the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance supports the efforts of LED Lighting Facts by developing and publishing guidelines to help in the development of needed standards.

These efforts led to the development of the DOE LED Systems Reliability Consortium, a group of industry experts working collaboratively in an ongoing effort to develop an advanced luminaire reliability model for SSL manufacturers and end users. Progress on their efforts is reported periodically at DOE SSL workshops and other meetings. With a model in place to enhance the predictability of the lifetime of LED lighting products, consumer confidence will increase and in turn accelerate adoption.

  • Hammer Testing Findings for Solid-State Lighting Luminaires
    Provides findings from the LED Systems Reliability Consortium Hammer Test on commercial SSL luminaires, a highly accelerated life test method intended to produce failures in SSL luminaires in a reasonable test period, and provide insight into potential failure modes. (48 pages, December 2013)