The DesignLights Consortium is a private collaboration of utility companies and energy efficiency organisations located throughout the U.S. The Consortium’s qualified product list (QPL) is intended to provide Consortium members with information and guidance about solid-state lighting products used in commercial applications that are not covered by current ENERGY STAR product specifications but which are sufficiently energy efficient to reduce energy consumption and contribute to energy savings. Based on specific requests from customers and suppliers, Consortium members can refer to the QPL, and can confidently offer rebates and other financial incentives for the use of listed products.
The decision to include a specific lighting product on the Consortium’s QPL is based on a product’s conformity with QPL product category specifications. Product category specifications are developed by the QPL steering committee, and new product category specifications are developed based on market demand and on their potential for energy savings. The Consortium’s steering committee also regularly reviews the development of new ENERGY STAR specifications for commercial lighting products, and can phase out its own specifications when a suitable ENERGY STAR specification becomes available.
Manufacturers seeking listing on the DesignLights Consortium QPL generally need to provide an LM-79 report with ISTMT along with their chip suppliers’ LM-80 report, a 5 year warranty and the LED Lighting Facts label. The QPL application process is managed through the DesignLights website.
The DesignLights QPL currently lists nearly 20,000 commercial grade LEDs and luminaires from more than 250 different manufacturers. Listing on the DesignLights Consortium QPL gives LED manufacturers an important marketplace advantage, since electrical utilities and other Consortium members reference the QPL when developing or expanding rebate programs and other incentives designed to accelerate the transition to more energy efficient lighting. These factors make listing on the DesignLights QPL a de facto requirement for manufacturers competing in commercial lighting market.
TÜV SÜD meets all of the requirements for testing laboratories that can be used by LED manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with the requirements for DesignLights QPL listing. We are an approved testing laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy’s LED Lighting Facts programme, and a recognised Testing Laboratory and Certification Body under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR programme. TÜV SÜD is also a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In addition, TÜV SÜD’s global Energy Efficiency Centres of Excellence are equipped to test and certify lighting products to worldwide energy efficiency requirements and standards, making us a single source for testing and certification services for all types of lighting products, including commercial LEDs and solid state lighting.
TÜV SÜD offers a comprehensive suite of testing, certification and advisory services on the regulations, standards and voluntary energy efficiency and performance programs applicable to LEDs and all types of lighting products. TÜV SÜD technical experts can also assist in product design and development, quality testing, environmental certification and transport monitoring, and can provide customised services in support of global supply chain activities. The TÜV SÜD blue octagon certification mark is globally recognised as a symbol of product safety.
TÜV SÜD’s testing and certification services for lighting products include:
- Testing - TÜV SÜD meets the DesignLights testing laboratory requirements for LED manufacturers seeking listing for their products, and is recognised by both the U.S. ENERGY STAR programme and the U.S. LED Lighting Facts programme.
- Documentation - We can review the content of your product documentation and advise of any changes necessary to ensure compliance with the DesignLights QPL application requirements.
- Regulations - TÜV SÜD technical experts keep up-to-date on regulations, standards and programmes applicable to lighting products worldwide, and participate in a number of key industry groups and trade organizations.
- Other requirements - We can offer support in complying with the requirements of other regulations and standards applicable to lighting products.
TÜV SÜD is a leading provider of comprehensive testing and certification services for electrical and lighting products. Our global network of technical experts, combined with our state-of-the-art testing laboratories, assure a single source solution for meeting all applicable requirements, standards and voluntary schemes. TÜV SÜD technical professionals are actively involved in international advisory boards and standards development activities, ensuring the most up-to-date knowledge of current and changing requirements.
Represented in over 800 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD has an unsurpassed track record of meeting and exceeding the requirements and expectations of our client companies. The TÜV SÜD brand and our distinctive blue octagon mark are instantly recognised around the globe as symbols of quality and safety, and will increase customer confidence in your brand.