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Choosing an Industrial LED Light: DLC Qualified Products List

Choosing an Industrial LED Light: DLC Qualified Products List

November 18, 2013 • Permalink


Since 2010, Designlights Consortium®(DLC) has put out the Qualified Products List (QPL), a resource to help commercial and industrial customers find the right LED product.  The DLC QPL is the leading resource that distinguishes high quality, high efficiency LED products for the industrial sector. The DLC is a centralized place for manufacturers to submit products for qualification and for utility company energy efficiency program administrators to insure only high performing products are used in their incentive programs. The DLC sets the bar for efficiency incentive programs in both the U.S. and Canada, while insuring only the best quality LED products are certified. The DLC offers information, education, tools and technical expertise for new lighting technologies.

In a push that continues to reward the use of LED luminaries, rebates and incentives are available with the purchase and installation of DLC QPL approved items. Visiting the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency gives access to a comprehensive and state-by-state list of rebates and programs by federal, state, and utility companies. This database makes a great cross reference against the QPL, for commercial contractors. Most rebate programs are one of two types: prescriptive or custom. A set amount for each fixture is given in a prescriptive program. An amount based on a project’s total projected energy savings is given in a custom program.

It is predicted that $7.4 billion to $12.4 billion will be available for rebate programs by 2020. To date, over 44 states have utility rebate programs that will dramatically lower the upfront cost of implementing a new energy-efficient lighting system. Some custom programs can pay up to 75% of the total project cost. These programs are administered by individual utility companies and vary widely in their incentive approach. The website contains the most update information for each program.

Contact us for more information about how to use the DLC QPL to select the best products and rebate programs for your project.

Dr. Ed Bice – CEO EcoZohm, LLC.