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December 2011

CBs Certified Nearly 2,400 Lighting Products in 2011

The new third party certification process is taking off. EPA-recognized Certification Bodies (CBs) certified bulbs from over 100 manufacturers and luminaires from 85 manufacturers. After a fast and busy first year of transition, recognized bodies are ramping up and expanding testing and certification capacity to reduce time to qualification.

CB product count table

The Certified Subcomponent Database (CSD) has recently been updated and includes many more options for luminaire manufacturers!

As of today, the CSD contains certified performance data for:

► (18) fluorescent lamp models including 4-pin compact, circline, and linear T8 lamps

► (36) fluorescent ballast models from five manufacturers

► (70) fluorescent lamp-ballast "platforms" (combinations of lamps and ballasts tested together)

► (83) GU24-based integrated fluorescent lamps from eleven manufacturers

Subcomponents are being added to the list as they are certified, so check back often at www.energystar.gov/lightingsubcomponents to see the latest additions. While the use of the CSD is not mandatory, it is a useful tool for manufacturers to streamline the qualification process for non-directional luminaires.

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Get Enlightened! New EPA Report on the Future of Lighting Programs

EPA report coverAs LED lighting gains momentum in the market-place and the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) standards impact incandescent light bulbs, utility incentive programs must best determine where to spend their dollars to achieve cost effective savings. EPA's new report, Next Generation Lighting Programs: Opportunities to Advance Efficient Lighting for a Cleaner Environment, highlights remaining opportunities for energy efficient lighting in the U.S.

The report was developed to inform energy efficiency advocates including state regulators, efficiency program managers, utilities, and others about the challenging lighting landscape and the opportunities for additional efficiency gains in coming years.

Find the report online at www.energystar.gov/lightingresources, or request a print version. Limited print copies are available. Send your request to Taylor Jantz-Sell jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov.

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Record Attendance at 2011 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

Products partner meeting logo
More than 600 people including manufacturers, retailers, utilities and program sponsors, consultants, implementers, and government entities, attended the 2011 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. The four day meeting provided a forum to discuss new program initiatives and product specifications.

Generous sponsorship from many partners provided a very reasonable conference rate. Thank you to the following ENERGY STAR lighting partner sponsors: CREE, Feit Electric, GE Lighting, Globe Electric, Greenlite, MaxLite, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lighting, and TCP.

Lighting partners dominated the Expo with more than 20 booths displaying the latest and greatest in ENERGY STAR qualified lighting.

Similar to the 2010 Products Partner Meeting, the event was a broad meeting for ENERGY STAR qualified products divided into three main tracks: (lighting, appliances/water heaters, and consumer electronics) with overarching guidance about ENERGY STAR messaging and marketing.

The meeting kicked off with more than 350 people attending the 2 ½ days of lighting sessions including:

An update on lighting specification development with Alex Baker.

A panel about the future of utility lighting portfolios lead by EPA’s Peter Banwell, featuring Glen Reed on behalf of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, Dave Bend from PG&E, and Noah Horowitz from Natural Resources Defense Council.

The latest overview of lighting programs across the nation

(Energy Efficiency Program Portfolio Updates).

A new approach to claiming savings through a market lift model. Panelists from Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, D&R International, and Lowe’s discussed a pilot program that could be a real game-changer!

Marketing for Lighting - What Works and What Doesn’t highlighted some lessons learned from partners and experts in the field.

Resources for Educating Consumers highlights of old and new partner resources!

An Overview of the Development of Lighting Test Methods and Standards as they relate to the ENERGY STAR lighting specifications – what they mean and why they are used for qualification.

Navigating the Product Qualification Process, which covered common misunderstandings and pitfalls for the qualification process and included a meaningful dialogue between EPA, manufacturers, and certification bodies in attendance.

Access copies of all presentations at www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting.

Details for the 2012 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting in fall 2012 will be released as they become available. Send ideas for next year’s lighting sessions to Taylor Jantz-Sell.

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Manufacturing Partners Heads Up: Time to Start Counting

Unit shipment data imageA friendly reminder to our manufacturing and private labeling partners that you are required to submit shipment data for ENERGY STAR qualified products each year. Information on reporting 2011 shipments will be sent to primary contacts in January so please keep an eye out for these requests.

More information can be found at www.energystar.gov/usd.

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Get There Faster With ENERGY STAR Website Shortcuts

The ENERGY STAR website is always being updated with the latest information to keep you up-to-date. Bookmark the links below to take you straight to where you need to go!

Takes you to the consumer facing page for all ENERGY STAR lighting products.


Takes you to the page for Luminaires specification development.

Takes you to the page for Lamps specification development.

Takes you to the main page for information regarding EPA's third-party certification requirements for ENERGY STAR.

Takes you to the main page for EPA-recognized lighting laboratories and certification bodies.

Takes you to frequently asked questions about certifying lighting products.

Takes you to the partner landing page for all ENERGY STAR lighting products.

Email: lamps@energystar.gov

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Helping Consumers Buy with Confidence! Making Sure ENERGY STAR Means ENERGY STAR

Lighting consumer imageVerification testing of qualified lighting products began long before the new third-party certification and related verification testing requirements came about. Shortly after the first ENERGY STAR lighting specification became effective, a group of ENERGY STAR partner utilities, energy efficiency advocates, and market transformation organizations formed the Program for the Evaluation and Analysis of Residential Lighting (PEARL), to test off-the-shelf the ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products being promoted in their service territory and bring any performance failures to the attention of EPA and DOE. In 2006, EPA instituted off-the shelf testing for fixtures and in 2008 DOE did the same for CFLs.

The current Quality Assurance Testing program for fixtures will be replaced by the new ENERGY STAR third-party verification testing that applies to lighting categories once the Luminaires Version 1.1 specification becomes effective on April 1, 2012. Similarly, the current verification testing program for CFLs will be replaced by the same program-wide third party verification testing once the Lamps Version 1.0 specification, (currently in development), becomes effective. Below is a reference table for off-the-shelf lighting product testing by specification.
Verification testing table
For more information on ENERGY STAR verification testing and to view products that have been disqualified, please visit www.energystar.gov/integrity. For information on the program-wide verification testing visit www.energystar.gov/3rdpartycert.

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ENERGY STAR Branding: Quick Tips on Logo Use

The ENERGY STAR mark ranks among the highest level of influence on product purchase among all consumer emblems.

There are four ENERGY STAR marks, each designed for specific purposes, and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to use. But EPA has resources to make it easy. Get started at www.energystar.gov/logouse and select the Quick Reference Guide: Using the ENERGY STAR Marks Correctly.

The ENERGY STAR marks:

Promotional Mark: use on materials Promotional Mark
that feature ENERGY STAR such as brochures, media kits and flyers. It is to be used in public education campaigns about the benefits of ENERGY STAR.

Certification Mark: use on labeled products, Certification Mark
homes, and buildings that meet or exceed
ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. Use in product literature and advertisements only when designating specific certified products.

► Linkage Phrase Marks (also “Ask about ENERGY STAR"): use in marketing materials, Linkage Phrase Mark
such as ads and circulars, to show that a company sells either ENERGY STAR qualified products or services that can deliver ENERGY STAR performance levels.

Partnership Mark: use to promote an Partner Mark
organization’s commitment to and partnership with the ENERGY STAR Program. This mark should not be used on standalone marketing materials for non-qualified products.

ENERGY STAR marks should never be altered. Below are some examples.

Incorrect logo use image

Read on for some important reminders:

Neither the marks nor the ENERGY STAR name may be used in any other company name, product name, service name, domain name, or website title.

► The marks may never be associated with products, homes, or buildings that do not qualify or have not yet been qualified as ENERGY STAR.

There is no legal mark for products in the process of ENERGY STAR qualification (i.e., "ENERGY STAR pending").

The marks may not be altered, cut apart, separated, or otherwise distorted in perspective or appearance.

The preferred color is ENERGY STAR blue, or 100% Cyan.

The symbol block within the mark may not be reproduced smaller in width than .375 inch for print.

Brand integrity is very important to the ENERGY STAR Program and organizations must enter into an agreement with the government to use the ENERGY STAR marks. EPA vigorously monitors use of the logo and follows up with enforcement of logo violations. If you observe incorrect logo use in the marketplace, or see ENERGY STAR marks used in association with products not appearing on the program's qualified product lists, contact logomisuse@energystar.gov.

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Partners Gather to Discuss the First Draft of the ENERGY STAR Lamps V1.0 Specification

Lamps spec imageAs with the Luminaires specification, EPA is merging the existing specifications into one technology-neutral specification while taking the opportunity to further increase the quality and reliability of lamps carrying the ENERGY STAR.The new Lamps V1.0 specification will replace the existing specifications for CFLs, Integral LED Lamps, and GU24-based fluorescent lamps.

Draft 1 was released on October 21, 2011 and the comment period for this draft closed on December 9, 2011. EPA hosted a roundtable discussion and webinar on November 30 which included an overview of the draft specification and gave partners and stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback to be considered in the development of subsequent drafts. More than 50 stakeholders participated in person and more than 100 by phone. You can view the presentations and listen to the audio recording by visiting www.energystar.gov/lamps.
Draft 2 will be released once all stakeholder feedback has been thoroughly reviewed and considered.

To review the progress of the specification development process, download the latest draft or review stakeholder comments, please visit www.energystar.gov/lamps.

If you would like to be added to the distribution list to receive updates as they are released, please send a request to lamps@energystar.gov.

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ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting
Simplified: Now Only Two Lists

Instead of five separate lists we will now have two, one for bulbs and one for fixtures. The ENERGY STAR qualified products list (QPL) for light fixtures at www.energystar.gov/lightfixtures is a one stop shop for all qualified light fixtures. Similarly, we now have one QPL for lamps combining CFLs, GU24 lamps and LED lamps. The new Lamps QPL is available at www.energystar.gov/lightbulbs.

To filter products by technology, wattage, etc, you may need to ungroup the tabs first. In most versions of Excel, simply right click on the first tab, select "ungroup tabs," and then you can select the column headers (row 8) and apply filters.

QPL sort image

EPA has received comments about the information in the new fixture QPL and will be making changes based on that feedback. Changes such as light output and the number of lamps per fixture will be considered for the April, 2012 release, when the Luminaire specification becomes effective. If you need additional information, or have other requests for qualified product data not included in the new lists, please contact lamps@energystar.gov.

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$how Me the Money: 2011 Utility Program Summary

Each year EPA shares information from ENERGY STAR partners about current and planned utility incentive programs, including:

A top-level overview of 138 energy efficiency program sponsors in 40 states on lighting incentive programs. See where the money is. It might surprise you.

Program summary map imageInformation on marketing activities, tax credits, consumer education and outreach, contact information, and other relevant details.

Details on 423 programs that promote ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs, fixtures, decorative light strings, and ceiling and ventilating fans with light kits.

CFLs still dominate efficiency programs, but LED lighting incentives are cropping up in some regions.

The ENERGY STAR Summary of Lighting Programs by Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors, released in October 2011, includes program information for 2011 and beyond. Find it at
www.energystar.gov/lightingresources. Additional incentive information can be found in the Database for Incentives and Joint Marketing Exchange, commonly referred to as DIME.

Find it at www.energystar.gov/dime.

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