Non-directional luminaires require new testing procedures for LED light engines (MAGAZINE)

In his latest column on standards, Jianzhong Jiao explains why changes to the Energy Star program will require new standardized procedures to evaluate the performance of LED light engines.

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As solid-state lighting (SSL) technology advances and becomes increasingly used in luminaires, the lighting industry has identified a need for more definitive standards to guide the design and development processes. The recently-drafted US Energy Star Program Requirements for Luminaires identifies two categories of luminaires: directional applications and non-directional applications.

To qualify for the Energy Star Program, a non-directional luminaire must be tested at the light-source level (namely, the LED light engine) rather than testing the entire luminaire. This new requirement has put the lighting industry in a position to gain a better understanding of LED light engines.

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