On March 21, 2008, DOE publicly announced it planned to develop Energy Star criteria for a number of solid-state lighting (SSL) product types, including SSL replacement lamps.
Subsequently, when DOE released the draft criteria for additional Category A products on August 15, 2008, it reaffirmed its plans to issue Energy Star criteria for SSL replacement lamps by stating the following:
- 1. More time was needed for investigating the state of the technology;
- 2. The replacement lamp criteria would be handled separately from the Category A additions released in August, and;
- 3. A future announcement would be made about the schedule for release of replacement lamp criteria.
Accordingly, DOE has informed Energy Star stakeholders that its investigation of replacement lamps has continued, and it plans to release draft replacement lamp criteria in December of this year.
Given the end of the year holiday season, DOE will allow for a 45-day comment period on the draft criteria. DOE plans to have the final criteria take effect in the summer of 2009.