In 1996, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) was established by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) to promote energy efficiency in the commercial building sector through public policy, program strategies, and education. Members of the organization include luminaire manufacturers, lighting designers, and other industry stakeholders in the United States and Canada. Program members collaborate with federal, regional, state and utility organizations to promote quality, performance and energy efficient commercial sector lighting solutions.
In 2010, the DLC created a Qualified Products List (QPL), which distinguishes high quality and efficient LED products for commercial use. Qualified LED luminaires, retrofit kits, and linear replacement lamps allow members to receive energy efficiency rebates and incentives. The list sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the United States and Canada.
So how does DLC QPL benefit you?
When you purchase DLC certified light fixtures, you may be eligible to receive utility rebates dependent on your residency—each state has a different rebate program, so be sure to check! Also, DLC certified products require the manufacture to meet a standard, ensuring that the lighting fixture performs as stated by the manufacture.
Check out DLC certified items here.
It is important to note that not all products in all configurations are DLC certified. Please check the DLC Qualified Products List at www.designlights.org to confirm which versions are qualified.