About Us

Energy. Quality. Controllability.

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve energy optimization by enabling controllability with a focus on quality, people, and the environment. The DLC promotes high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products in collaboration with utilities and energy efficiency program members, manufacturers, lighting designers, and federal, state, and local entities. Through these partnerships, the DLC establishes product quality specifications, facilitates thought leadership, and provides information, education, tools and technical expertise.

Why DLC?

The DLC drives energy efficiency in the commercial lighting sector.

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The DLC helps utilities create better energy efficiency programs by identifying and verifying the highest-performing products and systems.

DLC Expertise


The DLC provides technical expertise and a collaborative forum for all industry stakeholders to drive product performance.

DLC Innovation


The DLC works tirelessly to create new programs, tools, and resources that are relevant to the needs of end users and that push the commercial lighting industry into a more energy-efficient future.

Our Values


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


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


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


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


Our Impact

The DLC has ten years of experience promoting energy efficiency in the commercial lighting sector. We pride ourselves on our adaptability to the rapidly-changing industry, our commitment to transparency, and a core dedication to our mission of driving energy-efficiency through lighting. A few of our key accomplishments include:


The largest verified list of high performing LED lighting products: the DLC Solid-State Lighting QPL.

40% efficiency gains

Over 40% gains in product efficiency on the Solid-State Lighting QPL over five years.

Networked Lighting Controls QPL

The first and only Qualified Products List for networked lighting control systems.


Our Members

The DLC is currently supported and funded by Member energy efficiency programs and regional energy efficiency organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Members provide expertise and insight into policy and specification development processes and on topics related to quality, performance, energy efficiency, and lighting market transformation. In return, Members use DLC resources to improve their commercial efficiency programs, meet and exceed their energy savings goals, and provide product quality and performance assurance to their customers.

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Industry Advisory Committee

The Industry Advisory Committee works at the strategic level to support the DLC, bridge the gap between industry and utility Member needs, and help fulfill the DLC mission. Advisory Committee members are nominated and selected every two years and help the DLC drive efficient lighting through education, collaboration, and expertise.

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