Leading Experts From Industry, Government, And Academia Make Recommendations To Accelerate LED Technology In Mainstream Lighting

New white paper summarizes the status of LED technology, evolving LED markets and options for greater market penetration


Santa Barbara, California, May 12, 2010— The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara is pleased to release a new white paper Fast-Tracking Widespread Adoption of LED Lighting. The white paper summarizes the status of light emitting diode (LED) technology, evolving LED markets, and appropriate actions to support and facilitate greater market penetration.
The Institute 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.
“We had excellent participation from our delegates – lots of dialogue across market players, and a number of compelling ideas,” said John Bowers, Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency. “We covered research, manufacturing, applications, commercialization and economics – the full range of topics around accelerating LED markets and identified salient actionable items that will accelerate LED market penetration.”
The key recommendations of the workshop for fast-tracking adoption of LED lighting 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.
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. As these improvements occur, market penetration will increase and global energy savings will result. Ultimately, through wide-spread market adoption of energy-efficient white-light LEDs in general illumination applications world-wide, the equivalent of 380 new power stations could be avoided. This workshop discussed means of accelerating that adoption. 

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