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New Solid-State Lighting Standards Help LED Gain Greater Market

On Feb. 16, 2011, U.S. EPA updated its specifications covering the qualification of luminaires under its Energy Star label. Effective October 1, 2011 to qualify for the Energy Star label under Energy Star Luminaires, Version 1.0 (Luminaires V1.0), which replaces both the RLF V4.2, “Residential Light Fixtures” specification and SSL V1.3, “Solid State Lighting Luminaires” specification, luminaires must demonstrate a 30% increase in efficiency above the current qualification level. In addition, by 2013, performance must show an additional 10% increase — a 40% higher efficiency compared to the current qualification level. Moreover, the fixtures must continue to meet other performance criteria, such as quick start-up, high-quality light output, lamps that last 10 times longer than standard lamps, reduced toxics associated with fixture materials, and be backed by a three-year warranty.

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