DOE launches testing program for solid-state lighting

To assist the introduction of LED-based lighting products into the commercial marketplace, the US DOE has launched a Commercial Product Testing Program

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a Commercial Product Testing Program as apart of its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) project.

The Testing Program is designed to guide the planning of DOE's SSL portfolio and to foster the developing market for high-performance 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.

The Testing Program will feed back into the DOE's R&D and commercialization support activities, including ENERGY STAR® program planning, technology procurement activities, and related technology demonstrations.

It will also provide unbiased, reliable product performance information to the public in the early years of SSL market development, helping buyers and specifiers have confidence that new SSL products will perform as claimed.

The Testing Program will also guide the development, refinement, and adoption of credible, standardized test procedures and measurements for SSL products.

On October 27, 2006, DOE will host a workshop in Washington, DC to provide an introduction to the Commercial Product Testing Program. The workshop will include an overview of the program purpose and approach, and provide an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. See www.netl.doe.gov/ssl/comm_testing.htm for more information.

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