Business News | Jul 30, 2010

DOE Issues Final ENERGY STAR Criteria for SSL Products

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the final ENERGY STAR´Program Requirements for Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Luminaires intended for general illumination. Many thanks to all who provided comments on the criteria over many months of development. Your input was very helpful in improving the criteria.

The final ENERGY STAR requirements have been posted on the DOE SSL website at or can be downloaded here: Final ENERGY STAR Requirements for SSL Luminaires (PDF - 268 KB). Additional documents to support implementation of the criteria will be released later this year.

The DOE ENERGY STAR Program for SSL is a key part of the Department's national strategy to accelerate market introduction of high efficiency SSL products. Thank you for your interest and support for DOE's Solid-State Lighting Portfolio and ENERGY STAR.

About: DOE ENERGY STAR® Program for Solid-State Lighting
The ENERGY STAR label is a highly valued and widely recognized mark of energy efficiency that helps guide the American public to select cost-effective, energy-efficient products. As part of DOE’s national strategy to accelerate market introduction of high efficiency SSL products, the Department is leading ENERGY STAR management, specification development, and partner relations for SSL devices used for general illumination, including:

• Residential, commercial, industrial, and outdoor lighting SSL applications of all types
• Innovative SSL systems applications of all types (includes "free-form" SSL systems, and those incorporated into furniture, buildings, and equipment)

The DOE ENERGY STAR strategy for SSL general illumination products establishes a transitional two-category approach. Category A addresses near-term applications, where SSL technology can be appropriately applied. Category B establishes efficacy targets for a wider range of future applications, which will take effect once solid-state lighting technology is more mature. Eventually, Category A will be dropped, and category B will become the sole basis for the ENERGY STAR criteria. This transitional approach recognizes the rapid pace of SSL technology developments, yet allows early participation of a limited range of products for directional lighting applications. DOE plans to periodically review and amend the criteria to parallel technology advances and ensure the criteria remain up-to-date.