DOE Proposes Test Procedures for LED Bulbs

by Roberta Seldon on April 11, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy proposed earlier this week to establish test procedures for light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (i.e. bulbs) to support implementation of labeling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).

According to regulations.gov, the proposed test procedures “define methods for measuring the lumen output, input power, and relative spectral distribution (to determine correlated color temperature, or CCT) of LED lamps. Further, the proposed test procedures define methods for measuring the lumen maintenance of the LED source (the component of the LED lamp that produces light) to project the rated lifetime of LED lamps.”

After conducting research and interviewing several industry experts, DOE noted that the test methods described in the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) standards are appropriate for developing test procedures for LED lamps. The proposed test procedures are based in large part on the following IES standards:

  • LM-79-2008, Approved Method for the Electrical and Photometric Testing of Solid-State Lighting Devices
  • LM-80-2008, Approved Method for Measuring Lumen Depreciation of LED Light Sources
  • TM-21-2011, Projecting Long Term Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources

Meanwhile, DOE said it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. The meeting will also be broadcast via webinar.

If you plan to attend the public meeting, you must notify Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 or Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov. To attend the webinar, please visit http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/952826176.

Also, DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this proposed rule before or after the public meeting, but no later than June 25, 2012 11:59 p.m. ET. Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR for Test Procedures for LED lamps and provide docket number EERE-2011-BT-TP-0071 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) number 1904-AC67. Interested parties may submit comments using any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

2. Email: LEDLamps-2011-TP-0071@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. If possible, please submit all items on a CD. It is not necessary to include printed copies.

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586-2945. If possible, please submit all items on a CD. It is not necessary to include printed copies.

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-2J
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121
Telephone: (202) 287-1604
Email: Lucy.deButts@ee.doe.gov

OR

Mr. Ari Altman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-71
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585- 0121
Telephone: (202) 287-6307
Email: Ari.Altman@hq.doe.gov

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