LED Lighting Facts Program led to IES Testing Standards and Product Labeling

LED Lighting Facts Program originated in 2009. Working with qualified independent laboratories the Department of Energy (DOE) program identified quality issues with lighting merchandise. The product assessment investigation led DOE to establish a voluntary LED Lighting Facts program to assist manufacturers, utilities, and others with verified product performance information. With DOE’s technical support in coordination with testing labs, industry standard test procedures were established that enabled fair and comparable product performance reporting. The goal was to “discourage low-quality products and inflated manufacturer’s claims.”

LED Lighting Facts Program (LFP) Results

Through the Facts program a framework was developed providing consumers with “truth in advertising” and compelling manufacturers to implement IES testing standards such as IES-LM-79-08 and IES-LM-80-08. In addition, the LFP led to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) labeling requirements applicable to general lighting including incandescent, CFL and LED light bulbs. Product performance labels were introduced in 2010. The program mandated manufacturers to apply IES standards to all product types and provide a public database of checked data for comparison. In time, the Lighting Facts database included over 70,000 products.

Program Phaseout

In March 2018 the Lighting Facts program ended; however, labeling requirements were not affected by program termination. FTC labels are required to appear on general service lamps and specialty consumer lamps packaging. Wish to learn more? Additional information is found at FTC frequently asked questions.

LED Lighting Efficiency Standards Compliant

HaveLight distributes an assortment of interior and exterior LED property lighting that collectively comply with FTC and EPA regulations and industry associated testing laboratory standards. Examples include Design Lights Consortium, Intertek Testing Laboratories (ITL), Energy Star, LM-79, LM-80, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and Underwriters Laboratories.

“LED Lighting Facts”, https://www.energy.gov/, LED Lighting Facts | Department of Energy. 13 Aug. 2021