Today’s LED market is being inundated daily with new products that have claims of durability, long life and light output and distribution similar to Incandescent and Halogen sources. With so many products to choose from it is hard to know which manufacturer is credible and which lamp will actually meet the specifications on the label. The Department of Energy (DOE) has provided numerous tools to help consumers wade through all the specifications including Lighting Facts labels, UL Listings, Energy Star approval, and LM-79/LM-80 testing to list a few. Additionally, Lighting Facts has created a publicly accessible database where they publish the testing data for all the products that have received their label. The data can be sorted through by fixture type, lumen output, color temperature and wattage. Each of these selections can help any end-user choose the correct product for their application. Lastly, I have uploaded the DOE article regarding LED equivalency to Incandescent and Halogen products. The article does a great job of defining the characteristics to look for with each LED lamp and summarizes considerations that everyone should take before selecting their lamp.
Over the next two months Philips will be offering free webinars that will touch on the following subjects:
- Intro to Linear LED Lighting, Warehouse Coolers and Freezers
- How to prepare for the Fluorescent Legislation
- How to prepare for the Incandescent and Halogen Legislation
- Don’t miss out on Rebate Programs
- Lighting a Warehouse – Getting the light where you need it
- Energy-Saving Alternative for HID Lamps
- LEDs in Healthcare Applications
- How to meet your energ-saving school budgets
- Office Lighting – Supoorting the visual tasks that get work done
If you would like to register for any of the webinars please go to Philips and the registration link will be on the right side of the page. The entire webinar schedule is linked as well: Philips Webinars April and May. As stated above all these webinars are free and will provide some great information about the ever changing world of lighting.
Xcel Energy Minnesota has just released that they are increasing their rebate incentives for businesses that retrofit T12 systems with energy-efficient T8 or T5 systems. The bonus incentives offer an additional 50 percent rebate per fixture for T12 - T8 retrofit, T12 - T8 optimization and T12 - T5 retrofit measures only. As our nation gets closer to enacting legislation that no longer permits the manufacturing or importation of most inefficient T12 sources, many utility companies will be offering programs like the one mentioned above to change over as many systems as possible. However, most of the T12 incentives will expire or they will be significantly cut when the legislation becomes permanent on July 14th, 2012. For smaller energy users please first check to see if your business qualifies for CEE’s One Stop Efficiency Rebate Program (through Xcel Energy) as they grant higher incentives for select users. The T12 Retrofit Incentive Xcel Energy and the T12 Retrofit Incentive CEE program details are linked for your convenience.
What is the Department of Energy (DOE) Caliper Study you may ask. The DOE’s Caliper program evaluates LED (Solid State Lighting) products to provide insight to consumers on how well the current market’s LED’s are meeting performance standards. In order to remain impartial, all of the DOE’s products are identified by code they created as to not directly point fingers at certain manufacturers. Overall, the goal of the Caliper program is to provide an educational resource to the consumer on how quickly the LED landscape is changing. If you would like to see a summary of the most recent results or read more about the program please click here.
The latest report from the Department of Energy on LED lamps gives the scoop on LED retrofit lamps. For this report, LED MR16s and LED PAR30s were put to the test at a hotel in San Francisco. Here is a summary of their findings:
- The LED replacement lamps resulted in approximately 70 percent energy savings compared to the halogen lamps
- The simple payback was estimated to be 1.1 years ( in part due to high relamping labor costs in San Francisco)
- User feedback indicated that the LED lamps delivered warm lighting that flattered interior finishes and skin tones, and duplicated the original lighting design intent without distracting glare or flicker
In addition, the DOE lists several lessons learned from testing LED retrofit lamps. The seven lessons learned are as follows:
- Don’t buy LED replacement lamps sight unseen: Buy and try a few before committing to large retrofit projects. Continue reading