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Energy Solutions. Climate Impact. Better Lighting.

The DLC is a non-profit organization improving energy efficiency, lighting quality, and the human experience in the built environment. We collaborate with utilities, energy efficiency programs, manufacturers, lighting designers, building owners, and government entities to create rigorous criteria for lighting performance that keeps up with the pace of technology. Together, we’re creating solutions for a better future with better lighting.

Our Impact

For over 10 years, the DLC has pushed the envelope on energy efficiency in commercial lighting. We hold ourselves accountable to make the world a better place by creating lighting specifications that combine market solutions with a positive climate impact.

Our Expertise

The DLC is a consortium built on the expertise of our team, our efficiency program members, and our industry stakeholders. Together, we’re driving product performance and consumer trust to save energy, improve quality, and enhance our experience in the built environment.

Industry Collaboration

Progress doesn’t happen in a vacuum. That’s why the DLC works with our members and industry experts to establish performance thresholds and to create new programs that work for all of our stakeholders.

Our Mission and Values

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to achieve energy optimization by enabling controllability with a focus on quality, people, and the environment.

As a non-profit, the DLC is committed to improving energy efficiency for commercial lighting throughout North America, and to making a positive climate impact worldwide. It’s our goal to provide a trusted, impartial assessment of the industry’s highest performing lighting products and systems to boost consumer trust and adoption of the technologies that save the most energy.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Read more about our commitment to diversity here.

We signed the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice pledge, and joined the coalition of leaders working together to advance action toward a just energy transition for Black and Brown communities.


  • Integrity.


    We are dedicated to the work we do and are committed to honesty, transparency, and environmental stewardship.

  • Collaboration.


    The input of our colleagues and stakeholders is paramount. We diligently pursue opportunities for cooperation and comprehensive feedback on our work.

  • Diversity.


    We are committed to inclusion, representation, and a voice for all those affected by our work.

  • Impact.


    We hold ourselves responsible and accountable for the outcomes of our work and actively pursue opportunities that best support our environmental mission.

Our Members

The DLC’s members play an integral role in our mission. As a non-profit, we’re supported and funded by efficiency program member organizations throughout the US and Canada. The DLC’s members are a collective force that gives insight and expertise into DLC policy development. As a DLC member, you have a direct effect on lighting quality, innovation, and market transformation of the built environment.


Collaborate with Us

The DLC carefully evaluates each of our initiatives to maximize positive impact on the environment and on the industry. We work with market experts, manufacturers, energy efficiency programs, and other industry stakeholders to establish requirements that keep the lighting industry at the forefront of sustainability and carbon reduction efforts. Learn how you can contribute to policy development, join a DLC committee, qualify your products, or simply stay up to date with our latest efforts the DLC.