IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Jul 28, 2010

DoE Webcast: SSL Luminaire Performance in the Lab: Just How Well Do They Perform?

The results of CALiPER testing from DoE were shortly presented (refer to LED-professional article "DOE Releases Round 3 CALiPER Reports: Progress in Product Efficacy" from November 05, 2007). Now DoE released a webcast and a comprehensive presentation that can be downloaded from DoE website.

Speakers for the 90 minutes webcast were Mia Paget from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Mike Grather from Luminaire Testing Laboratory for the "Question and Answer"part of the webcast.

Description: This 90 minute webcast, sponsored by the DOE’s Solid State Lighting Program, presented an overview of the Commercially Available LED Product Evaluation and Reporting (CALiPER) Program, test procedures for SSL products, and recent test results. CALiPER provides objective product performance information, helping buyers and specifiers have confidence that new SSL products will perform as claimed. This webcast included a 60-minute presentation followed by a live question and answer session conducted by Mia Paget and Mike Grather.
Background: This was the third in a series of live webcasts DOE is hosting, focused on key topics of interest related to solid-state lighting. The first in the series was an overview of DOE’s Five-Year SSL Commercialization Support Plan, and the second presented a broad introduction to LED technology.  Future topics may include Economics of LEDs, LED Packaging, Luminaire Efficacy, and Thermal Management.

Webcast on SSL Luminaire Performance in the Lab (WMV 6 MB)
Presentation on SSL Luminaire Performance in the Lab (PDF 1 MB)

About DOE SSL Commercial Product Testing Program:
The Program was established to serve public with 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.

Testing Program Reports:
The Department will allow its test results to be distributed in the public interest for noncommercial, educational purposes only. Detailed test reports will only be provided to users who provide their name, affiliation, and confirmation of agreement to abide by DOE's "No Commercial Use Policy." DOE encourages stakeholders to report any apparent commercial use of test results from the DOE SSL Commercial Product Testing Program by sending a message to doe.ssl.updates@ee.doe.gov.
Detailled information is provided in original reports:
Pilot round download here.
Round One results download here.
Round Two final results download here
Round Three final results download here