Why Attend this Year's Meeting?
We're looking at a very different lighting landscape than when we began hosting this annual conference seven years ago. Horticultural lighting has quickly become an industry hot topic. First generation LEDs are ready to be replaced. Lighting controls technology has flourished, but has yet to penetrate the market. As the market evolves, so must our collective effort to maximize energy savings and provide end users with reliable, high-quality products they can trust. Don’t miss the chance to discuss the opportunities listed below at this year’s conference – they are what will carry this industry forward and thus will be an integral part of this year’s conference agenda.
U.S. market penetration of LEDs is below 13%.
The lighting market remains ripe with opportunity for energy savings.
The commercial LED market is far from saturated. The industry has made a lot of progress bringing high performance lighting to market, but there is a lot more to do. In the US, the penetration of LEDs as of 2016 is less than 13%.1 At the DLC, we believe in collaboration, bringing stakeholders together to enable deeper savings for customers, and supporting innovation from industry. The annual Stakeholder Meeting is an opportunity to contribute to and learn about the development of the commercial LED lighting market. As we enter the era of networked lighting, there are significant additional efficacy gains to be made in LED products.
LEDs can reach 200 lumens per watt in the next few years.
This represents additional savings of at least 80 lumens per watt still to be gained.
According to the Department of Energy, the commercial sector was responsible for producing the most lumens on an annual basis, making up 45 percent of total lighting electricity in 2015. Average efficacy of commercial LED lighting has increased to 81.1 lumens/watt in 20152 but has the potential to reach 200 lumens per watt in the coming years3. The DLC’s specifications have been pushing efficacy gains for years and products on the DLC QPL already performed at an average of 100-120 lumens per watt in 2017. We want to continue to drive efficacy without compromising on quality. Let's work together to create the market demand to realize optimal energy savings and an expanded credible market.
Networked lighting controls can provide energy savings of 47% per project4.
Leveraging resources can accelerate adoption of this technology.
There are large additional savings to be captured by networked lighting controls (NLCs). The DLC’s recent report demonstrates that NLCs can provide, on average, 47% lighting energy savings per project4. The DLC is currently working on V3.0 of its Networked Lighting Controls Technical Requirement, which will go into effect in June 2018. The DLC has developed installer training, a savings calculator, and recently performed a study that informs NLC incentive program design to support utilities and industry in bringing this technology mainstream and realizing the savings potential and additional benefits for customers.
Horticultural lighting is a great opportunity for a new, energy efficient industry.
Implementing better practices from the beginning will prevent lost savings opportunities.
There are exciting energy savings opportunities on the horizon with horticultural lighting. Many of these projects are perfect candidates for both LED and networked lighting upgrades. The DLC is developing new specifications and categories for horticultural products, which will provide new program opportunities for utilities. The first draft of the DLC’s Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements will be released for comment in April and the final policy is scheduled to be released in September 2018, which will enable utilities to incentivize products in this application with confidence.
First generation LEDs are ready for upgrades.
Retrofitting first generation LEDs will provide savings opportunities for many years to come.
Believe it or not, it will soon be cost-effective to replace the first generation of LEDs with new generations. Many of these first generation LEDs had efficacies of >60-80 lumens per watt and manufacturers will be able to replace them with 150+ lumens per watt in addition to installing networked lighting for even more significant savings.
Efficient distribution of light can provide more energy savings.
Application level efficacy promises additional savings.
There are significant additional energy savings opportunities that can be unlocked by honing in on efficacy at the application level to identify how well a fixture illuminates the intended target area using better optics or distribution. Metrics such as Target Efficacy (TER) and Fitted Target Efficacy (FTE) provide methods to measure this performance and identify better performing luminaires. To support programs in accessing deeper savings, the DLC is researching how to identify luminaires that more efficiently distribute light and may report new metrics on the QPL in the near future.
Join us at the 2018 DLC Stakeholder Meeting.