The Design Lights Consortium, founded in 1998, is a project of a non-profit founded in 1996 named Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), whose mission is to drive efficient lighting through education, collaboration, and expertise while also speeding up the process of efficient energy in the infrastructure sector through public policy, program strategies and education in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
The DLC delivers a platform for energy efficiency program members to collaborate among themselves and launch the lighting market towards a new direction by providing information, education, tools and technical expertise to innovate a unique, trending technology.
The DLC Premium Rating refers to a high-performance division for LED luminaires and retrofits. The rating demands an even higher efficacy and lumen maintenance standards. The qualification for the DLC Premium Rating is also dependent on whether the product can be ordered with primary controls such as photo sensors or occupancy sensors.
If lighting manufacturers need a qualification of their products with the DLC Premium Rating, they will be required to validate that their products meet the required standards added. Also, the manufacturers cannot be lax at supplying information as the information testing is quite stringent.
A combined program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Star’s prime goal is to label and inform the consumers about the energy efficiency of a product. Also, Energy Star helps your savings and protects the environment through the adoption of energy efficient products and practices for consumers, industries, and businesses. The label is renowned as provided for high performance as well as affordable products, homes, and buildings.
The Energy Star is a sure ‘seal of approval’ that also makes sure that the product information is provided during the point-of- sale. The demand for energy efficient products has increased in the market, and not only that, the product price for energy efficient products has come to a more cost-effective solution. The rate of energy consumption usually depends upon how often we use an appliance and what we use it for. Factors like climate or harsh weather conditions also have an impact on energy consumption (and efficiency) for a few appliances.
As for the Energy Star, the energy efficient appliances often contain high-quality components that surpass the components found in standard appliances. Thus, the appliances cause fewer mechanical problems, work effectively over a long period of time, and in many cases, have comprehensive warranties.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a government-regulated company that performs testing and certification to ensure products meet the standard safety precautions. These standards are based on probable vulnerabilities associated with the product. The manufacturer has to prove that their created products meet the strict safety guidelines and standards as created by UL, only then they can get approved to carry the UL mark.
UL’s main job is to expand the supply chain for manufacturers and retailers, thus, leading to the measures and initiatives taken to expedite the global trade and developing new pathways to innovation. Any company’s products available with the UL listed mark signifies that the risks about those products can be realistically foreseen and limited.
Although, UL does not test each and every product, instead they authorize the manufacturer to apply the UL listed mark themselves after testing their products while also maintaining regular follow-ups with the manufacturer to ensure that the correct procedures are being followed to test the products.