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October 14, 2014

DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Solid-State Lighting R&D

DOE announced a $10 million funding opportunity directed toward all three existing DOE SSL R&D program areas: Core Technology Research, Product Development, and U.S. Manufacturing.  More

October 16, 2014

DOE Street Lighting Consortium Releases Results of Public Street and Area Lighting Inventory Survey

DOE's Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium has released the results of a voluntary web-based inventory survey of public street and area lighting across the U.S., conducted during the latter half of 2013 and intended to improve understanding of the role of public outdoor lighting in national energy use. More

October 9, 2014

DOE Publishes 20K Hour Testing Results for 2008 GATEWAY Bridge Installation

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a report on the longer-term performance of an LED lighting system that was installed on the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis in September 2008 and represents one of the country’s oldest continuously operated exterior LED lighting installations. The report is a welcome addition to the literature on LED lighting, which is lacking in the area of longer-term field performance.  More

September 17, 2014

Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition Announces 2014 Indoor Winners

Winners in the Indoor category of the sixth annual Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition were announced at The LED Show in Los Angeles. Sponsored by DOE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, NGL promotes excellence in the design of energy- efficient LED products for commercial lighting applications. More

September 12, 2014

DOE Releases Latest Report on Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting

DOE has published the sixth iteration of the Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications, a report forecasting the energy savings of LED white-light sources compared with conventional white-light sources. The report compares the annual lighting energy consumption in the U.S. with and without further market penetration of LED lighting. The forecasted energy savings is represented by the difference in energy consumption between these two scenarios. More

August 20, 2014

DOE Publishes 2014 SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap

DOE has published the 2014 edition of the Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Roadmap, which guides the Manufacturing R&D program and helps direct funding solicitations for it, and provides guidance for equipment and material suppliers, based on industry consensus on the expected evolution of SSL manufacturing—thereby reducing risk, improving quality, increasing yields, and lowering costs. More

August 19, 2014

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

DOE has revised its October 2013 report, Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers: The Specifier's Process for Maximizing Success, to include updated information about the installation of LED lighting and controls at the Burden Museum in Troy, NY, a GATEWAY project that was still in construction when the original report was published. More

August 6, 2014

DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on LED Lighting in a Performing Arts Setting

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a report on a GATEWAY demonstration of LED lighting at the University of Florida's Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion in Gainesville. Four interior spaces—the acting studio, dance studio, scene shop, and dressing room—were fitted with LED luminaires or retrofit lamps along with dimming controls. In addition, the dance studio was equipped with LED theatrical instruments used for sidelighting of dance performances. More

July 25, 2014

DOE Publishes CALiPER Application Summary Report on LED MR16 Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy’s CALiPER program has released an Application Summary Report that focuses on the photometric performance of 27 LED MR16 lamps. Entitled Application Summary Report 22: LED MR16 Lamps, it describes initial performance based on light output, efficacy, distribution, color quality, electrical characteristics, and form factor, with comparisons to a selection of benchmark halogen MR16s and ENERGY STAR® qualification thresholds. More

July 22, 2014

DOE Publishes CALiPER Snapshot Report on LED Outdoor Area Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a Snapshot Report on LED outdoor area lighting, which uses 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. More

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