Fast-Tracking Widespread Adoption of LED Lighting

Fast-Tracking Widespread Adoption of LED Lighting

Summary of Findings of a One-Day Workshop

May 2010

LED technology holds the promise of replacing outdated lighting technologies with a solid-state solution that is long lasting, more efficient and has a lower total cost of ownership.  LEDs are emerging in the general illumination market in applications ranging from commercial down lights to outdoor street lamps.  In parallel with this nascent market penetration, LED researchers continue to make significant technological breakthroughs that improve light output, quality and efficiency while reducing cost.

The Institute for Energy Efficiency convened a workshop in February 2010 to bring together industry leaders and market transformation experts to explore the barriers to and solutions for facilitating widespread market adoption of LED-based lighting systems.  The workshop was designed to distill and focus on the most salient problems and solutions for accelerating market adoption of LED lighting technologies.

Key outcomes of the workshop highlighted in the white paper include:

  • Support LED R&D activities - pre-competitive and competitive research will improve efficacy and reduce cost, such as efficiency droop, thermal droop. phosphors, light extraction and driver performance.
  • Support the development of industry testing standards that measure performance attributes of LED lamps and systems accurately and fairly, such as the Color Quality System (CQS) and industry test standards like IES LM-79 and LM-80.
  • Encourage consumer education about lighting through marketing campaigns, product labeling, and quality marks such as ENERGY STAR.
  • Develop quality performance specifications and link those to market transformation programs such as utility rebate schemes or other marketing efforts.
  • Identify and develop policies to address affordability, initially targeting the commercial sector through tax incentives, enhanced capital allowance schemes, and/or direct subsidy, then later, the residential sector.
  • Conduct enforcement testing of commercially available products on an on-going basis to protect consumers and honest companies alike.

As these strategies are implemented, market penetration will increase and global energy savings will result.  Ultimately, through widespread market adoption of energy-efficient white-light LEDs in general illumination applications worldwide, the equivalent of 380 new power stations could be avoided.

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