Business News | Sep 21, 2006

DOE SSL commercial product testing program

Solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies today are undergoing rapid change and improvements, and products arriving on the market exhibit a wide range of performance. Industry groups, standards setting organizations, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are moving quickly to develop needed standards and test procedures for SSL products. In the meantime, however, there is a need for reliable, unbiased product performance information to foster the developing market for high-performance SSL products.

In the meantime, however, there is a need for reliable, unbiased product performance information to foster the developing market for high-performance SSL products.


The DOE SSL Commercial Product Testing Program will:

  • Guide DOE planning for SSL R&D and commercialization support activities, including ENERGY STAR® program planning
  • Support DOE technology procurement activities and associated technology demonstrations
  • Provide objective product performance information to the public in the early years, helping buyers and specifiers have confidence that new SSL products will perform as claimed
  • Guide the development, refinement, and adoption of credible, standardized test procedures and measurements for SSL products

DOE will support testing of a wide, representative array of SSL products available for general illumination, using test procedures currently under development by standards organizations. Guidelines for selecting products for testing will ensure that the overall set of tests provides insight on a range of lighting applications and product categories, a range of performance characteristics, a mix of manufacturers, a variety of LED devices, and variations in geometric configurations that may affect testing and performance.

On October 27, 2006, DOE will host a workshop in Washington, D.C., to provide an introduction to the new SSL Commercial Product Testing Program. The workshop will include an overview of the program purpose and approach, and provide an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. Stakeholders interested in attending the workshop should RSVP to doe.ssl.updates@ee.doe.gov by October 13th.

DOE SSL Commercial Product Testing Program Workshop
Washington, D.C.
October 27, 2006
9:00am – 12:00pm

Download preliminary agenda here

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