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The US energy efficiency requirements

Time:2015-11-04 Views:2611 Compile:SUNPER

The America’s current energy LED bulbs as well as LED high bay lights require all the LED lamps to have Lighting Facts label, Energy Star and finally DLC. They all belong to a voluntary request. Here are the requirements as per each of the above bodies.


1. Energy Efficiency Lighting Facts label requirements


The US department of energy (DOE) recently announced that the implementation of the energy efficiency labeling is for LED lighting products and is intended to “Give them the Facts”. The main aim is to make the lighting products reach more specific and higher data reliability to the customers. The product’s performance parameters include initial lumen, initial luminous efficiency lm per watt, an output power W, correlated color temperature CCT and color rendering index CRI.


They have also added two optional indicators to the lighting facts requirements that were enacted in October 2012. They include quality assurance based on LM 80 and TM 21 test to gain lumen maintenance. The applicable range of the LED lighting products are lamps with complete AC or DC power supply, low voltage of 12 V, detachable power LED lamps and linear or modular products.


The NA range of the LED lighting products include solar or the batter powered LED lighting, shape of the LED lights as well as LED lamp panel. They have to be issued with an accredited laboratory test data and reports for it to be very effective. Consumers can then entrust the laboratory register or simply register online.


2. Energy Star efficiency requirements


The energy star logo of energy was jointly created by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA department in 1992. It mostly aims in ensuring that all the energy efficiency products listed comply with the regulatory requirements. Nowadays, the LED lighting products for the energy star requirements are mostly for the LED bulbs Integral LED lamps which became effective since 13th May, 2011.


The LED lamps Luminaires became effective on 21st December, 2012. The relevant optical parameters of the LED bulb life as well as lumen maintenance have strict requirements which must be met. It supposed to assess the life of 6000 hours in accordance with the longer L70 lumen maintenance data.


Since the LED bulb test time is a bit longer, the Integral LED lamps fluorescent lamps use a similar approach to meet the relevant conditions. The conditions can be printed if they are met in advance. In addition to this, the color temperature of the integral lamps is also provided. It is also a must to have the appropriate safety requirements in order to obtain the EPA Recognized Lab Test data and reports are then issued. They are then submitted to the laboratory in which they belong for certification. During the process of certification, the energy consumption time is fixed since the products tested first pass through the safety tests. Therefore, the lab choice you make is very important.


INTERTEK is one of the certification bodies which can greatly accelerate the progress throughout the certification stages and in overall test. The energy star’s market supervision I usually very strict and thus all the products are randomly selected from the market for regular testing. All the required standards are checked if some fail to meet the requirements, the certification is cancelled.



3. DLC energy efficiency requirements


DLC in full means the DesignLights Consortium. The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships NEEP initiated a voluntary energy efficiency program. It is the leading body in certification o the energy efficient lighting products in terms of performance and quality. The main goal is to promote the high quality and energy efficient lighting design which should be popular in all the industrial and commercial lighting fields. The US usually uses the DLC’s certified products. The current technical requirements of DLC form the most recent version which involves outdoor lighting products that are mainly concentrated in industrial and commercial buildings with the LED lighting such as outdoor walls, garage lights, LED high bay light and other lighting products.


Its scope and products of the energy start does not overlap. DLC’s main performance of its products include the total flux, belts luminous flux, luminous efficacy, color parameters, color rendering index, power factor, lumen maintenance as well as harmonic distortion. Therefore, the testing laboratory qualification of DLC is highly needed and it must be an independent third party. It must also be issued by any accredited laboratory test data and reports must also be correct and effective. After all this, the commissioned laboratory can register online. Generally, the DLC requires all the manufacturers to apply for registration.



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