While the advantages of more energy-efficient lighting are clear, early replacements for traditional incandescent lamps didn’t meet customer expectations or manufacturer claims. NIST worked with industry partners to develop new measurement techniques so next-generation lighting could meet customer needs.
NIST led an international effort to develop the measurement tools and standards required for the growing solid-state lighting (SSL) market. Working with private-sector standards development organizations, NIST helped to realize measurement standards for new parameters like color quality. NIST also developed new calibration services so that manufacturers could measure product performance improvements through R&D, specify components in their supply chain, and test whether their suppliers were meeting requirements.
The rapid development and successful commercialization of solid-state lighting products required new measurement tools and measurement standards that only NIST could provide. In addition, by incorporating these standards into NIST’s accreditation program (NVLAP), SSL products could be included in the ENERGY STAR program.
Through these activities, NIST is supporting companies including GE, Gamma Scientific, Vektrex, Avantes Inc., Acuity Brands Inc. and more than 120 testing and calibration laboratories worldwide.
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14 months saved through NIST’s involvement in standards development for SSL, leading to about $54M in increased sales
“The users of SSL products [in all product categories] have benefited tremendously with the adoption of SSL standards. There is now a common language that is spoken around the world that allows for a direct 1:1 comparison of different products. This has not only helped reduce confusion on the part of the consumers, but has also helped us drive towards improved quality and lower costs.”
– Industry representative
“GE and our industry rely on NIST to ensure we all compete on a level playing field with respect to critical product performance data. Through the NVLAP program, we are able to quickly test and launch new products to compete in the quickly growing LED lighting market.”
– Gerald Duffy, General Manager – LED Technology, Current, powered by GE