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Updating Products

Product Update Applications

Use the instructions below for guidance on updating information for previously-listed products on the QPL.

For full V5.0 or V5.1 specific updating information, please review the V5.0 & V5.1 Manufacturer and Industry Guidance.

Please review the FAQs page for additional policy clarifications and contact applications@designlights.org with any questions about submitting an application to the DLC.
 

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Updating to V5.0     Updating to V5.1     Updating Dimming Information  

Updating Nomenclature     Updating Performance      Updating to Premium 

Adding Products to an Existing Family


Updating Products to V5.0


Updating V4.4 Listed Products to V5.0

  • On March 30, 2020, all listed products that meet the V5.0 requirements will be automatically updated on the QPL to reflect that they meet the Technical Requirements V5.0. This includes any child product that meets V5.0 based on the data the DLC has on record for each child product. Products that will be automatically updated cannot submit update applications. Eligible products will update per the timeline without any action necessary from the manufacturer. Each manufacturer’s account administrator will be notified via email regarding which of their products are eligible for automatic update on February 20, 2020. Products that do not automatically update are required to submit update applications to demonstrate V5.0 compliance. Additional rounds of automatic updating and notification will occur according to the Automatic Updating Timeline.
  • Products that do not meet the V5.0 requirements will remain on the QPL until the end of the V5.0 transition period (February 28, 2021), at which point they will be automatically delisted. 
  • Manufacturers may submit V5.0 update applications for products that do not meet the V5.0 requirements based on their current listed information starting on February 18, 2020.
  • V5.0 update applications must be received by January 31, 2021 and will be processed according to the published review timeframes. The DLC strongly encourages manufacturers to submit update applications as early as possible. Products within open applications will be subject to the February 2021 delisting, and will be added to the QPL under V5.0 upon full review completion. The full review of open applications must be completed by close of business on March 31, 2021 or the applications will be closed.

Updating V4.4 Standard to V5.0 Standard

Products that meet the V4.4 Standard efficacy requirements but do not meet the V5.0 Standard efficacy requirements must be updated to meet the V5.0 Standard efficacy requirements to avoid delisting. An update application must be submitted by January 31, 2021 to allow DLC reviewers to evaluate the new tested and reported data and update the QPL. Please reference the "New Policy for Updating Reported Data" section of  the V5 Manufacturer in Industry Guidance for information on updating reported data only. Products not updated to V5.0 Standard will be delisted on February 28, 2021.


Updating V4.4 Premium to V5.0 Premium

Products that meet the V4.4 Premium requirements but do not meet the V5.0 Premium requirements must be updated to meet the V5.0 Premium requirements. If these products are not updated, they will be transitioned to V5.0 Standard or delisted if products do not meet the V5.0 Standard requirement at the end of the grace period on February 28, 2021. An update application must be submitted by January 31, 2021 to allow DLC reviewers to evaluate the new tested and reported data and update the QPL. Please reference the "New Policy for Updating Reported Data" section of  the V5 Manufacturer in Industry Guidance for information on updating reported data only. Products not updated to V5.0 Premium, but that do meet V5.0 Standard requirements, will be automatically transitioned to V5.0 Standard on February 28, 2021. These products will be identified to manufacturers individually during the communications cycles noted in the Automatic Updating Timeline.

V4.4 listed Premium products that meet the V5.0 Premium efficacy requirement, but are not qualified as dimmable, must be updated to meet the V5.0 Premium dimming capability requirements. Case lighting and specialty hazardous products are excluded. Manufacturers must submit a dimming update application to change the dimming information on the QPL by January 31, 2021.

Due to the lack of an industry standard testing methodology to verify dimming capability and performance under dimmed conditions, the DLC will not require testing to be submitted to verify dimming performance at this time. The DLC will evaluate a manufacturer’s claims of dimming capability by ensuring that the dimming claims are clearly published on the product specification sheet and correspond with the unique model numbers submitted. V4.4 Premium products that do not update their dimming capabilities to the V5.0 Premium requirements will be delisted (or transitioned from V4.4 Premium to V5.0 Standard) on February 28, 2021.


Updating V4.4 Premium to V5.0 Standard

Products that meet the V4.4 Premium requirements but do not meet the V5.0 Premium requirements will be transitioned to V5.0 Standard classification on February 28, 2021, as long as they meet the V5.0 Standard requirements. Manufacturers cannot submit individual applications to update listings from V4.4 Premium to V5.0 Standard, other than changes in efficacy performance of the products, as these transitions will happen automatically on February 28, 2021.

Updating V4.4 Private Label Products to V5.0

  • Private label products are subject to the same qualification analysis as OEM products. Applications for products that do not meet V5.0 requirements must be submitted by January 31, 2021. OEM product updates must be completed prior to submission of a Private Label update application. Private labelers are encouraged to coordinate with their OEM suppliers to prevent delays.
  • On March 30, 2020, all listed private label products that meet the V5.0 requirements will be automatically updated on the QPL to reflect that they meet the V5.0 Technical Requirements.  This includes any child product that meets V5.0 based solely on the data DLC has on record for each child product. (See the "Automatic Updating and Delisting Determination Details" section of the Manufacturer and Industry Guidance for additional details).
  • Private label products that do not meet the V5.0 requirements will remain on the QPL until the end of the V5.0 transition period (February 28, 2021), at which point they will be delisted.
  • Private label and OEM rules not mentioned in the V5.0 and V5.1 policy documents remain the same as under V4.4.  
  • Manufacturers may submit V5.0 update applications for products that do not meet the V5.0 requirements based on their current listed information starting on February 18, 2020.
  • Private label V5.0 update applications must be received by January 31, 2021 and will be processed according to the published review timeframes. Products within open applications will be subject to the February 28 delisting, and will be added to the QPL under V5.0 upon full review completion. The full review of open applications must be completed by close of business on March 31, 2021 or the applications will be closed.

For full details on updating products to V5.0, see the V5 Manufacturer and Industry Guidance below.

 

 


Updating Products to V5.1

 

Updating Listed Products to V5.1

  • All currently-qualified products must be updated to meet the V5.1 Technical Requirements or they will be delisted from the QPL at the end of the V5.1 grace period on December 31, 2021.
    • If updating a V4.4 listed product to V5.1, the update application must be submitted by January 31, 2021.
    • If updating a V5.0 listed product to V5.1, the update application must be submitted by October 15, 2021.
  • Manufacturers may submit V5.1 update applications starting on July 1, 2020.
  • There will be no “automatic updating” for products to V5.1. Every product a manufacturer wishes to update to V5.1 must be included in an update application.

Updating V4.4 Listed Products to V5.1
  • Manufacturers may submit applications to update V4.4 listed products directly to the V5.1 Technical Requirements starting on July 1, 2020.
  • Manufacturers wishing to update directly from V4.4 to V5.1 must update the efficacy and dimming capabilities of their products as well as provide all required V5.1 testing and controllability reporting.
  • V4.4 to V5.1 update applications must be received by January 31, 2021 and will be processed according to the published review timeframes. Products within open applications will be subject to the February 2021 delisting, and will be added to the QPL under V5.1 upon full review completion. The full review of open applications must be completed by close of business on March 31, 2021 or the applications will be closed.

Updating V5.0 Listed Products to V5.1
  • Manufacturers may submit applications to update V5.0 listed products to the V5.1 Technical Requirements starting on July 1, 2020.
  • All products qualified as V5.0 must be updated to V5.1 in order to remain listed on the QPL after December 31, 2021.
  • If updating from V5.0 to V5.1, update applications must be submitted by October 15, 2021 and full review completed by December 15, 2021 in preparation for December 31, 2021 delisting date when products that aren’t qualified as V5.1 will be delisted from the QPL.  


Updating Previously Qualified Private Label Products to V5.1

  • Private Label products must be updated to comply with the V5.1 Technical Requirements.
  • OEM product updates must be completed prior to submission of a V5.1 private label update application. Private label and OEM rules not mentioned in the V5.0 and V5.1 policy documents remain the same. Private labelers are encouraged to coordinate with their OEM suppliers to prevent delays.
  • Private label products that do not meet the V5.1 Technical Requirements will remain on the QPL until the end of the V5.1 transition period (December 31, 2021), at which point they will be delisted.
  • Manufacturers may submit V5.1 update applications starting on July 1, 2020.
  • Update applications must be received by October 15, 2021 and full review completed by December 15, 2021 in preparation for the December 31, 2021 delisting date.

 

Testing Products for V5.1

An example of the typical required testing and reporting required under V5.1 for a family of products is provided below. Specific testing and reporting requirements for each of the Technical Requirements can be found in the corresponding sections of the V5.1 policy.

Criterion Which Model(s) Test Required
Minimum Light Output Worst-case light output

LM-79/color report (full test report that includes color and spectral data), including accompanying .SPDX document.

Note: A single full LM-79/color report may fulfill multiple criteria.

Minimum Efficacy Worst-case efficacy
Maximum  CCT Highest CCT in family at lowest color rendition option
Minimum CCT Lowest CCT in family at lowest color rendition option
Minimum Color Rendering Lowest color rendition option in family
Chromaticity Lowest CCT at lowest color rendition option
Highest CCT at lowest color rendition option
Lowest CCT at highest color rendition option (Premium only)
Minimum L70 Lumen Maintenance (L90 for Premium) ISTMT at worst case thermal conditions of LED, LM-80 for single LED package/module/array as required for Lumen Maintenance projection ISTMT
LM-80/LM-84
TM-21/TM-28
Color Maintenance LM-80 for single LED package/module/array that is evaluated for color shift LM-80/LM-84
Driver ISTMT (Premium)* Worst-case driver temperature for each unique driver ISTMT
Zonal Lumen Distribution/ Spacing Criteria Each unique optical and distribution pattern Tested LM-79/distribution report, including accompanying IES file
BUG Ratings (outdoor only) Each unique optical and distribution pattern Tested LM-79/distribution report, including accompanying IES file
UGR (specific Indoor PUDs and premium only) Each unique optical and distribution pattern at the highest lumen output without consideration of the effect of color properties Tested LM-79/distribution report, including accompanying IES file
THD/PF Worst-case performing driver in family Benchtop electrical testing

 

* Applications to update products to the V5.1 technical requirements that are qualified under V5.0 premium and have no product changes do not need to provide Driver ISTMT(s).

For full details on updating and testing products to V5.1, see the V5 Manufacturer and Industry Guidance below.

 

 



Updating Dimming Information

The DLC collects and reports the following information for all new products listed on the QPL:

  1. Is the product capable of dimming?
    This will be indicated as “Yes,” or “No.” Previously-qualified products will indicate “Not Yet Verified” until a Dimming Update Application is submitted.
  2. If the product is capable of dimming, how does the product dim?
    This will be referred to as the Dimming Type, and indicated as “continuous” dimming or “stepped” dimming.
  3. If the product is capable of continuous dimming, is the product capable of dimming to 10% or below its full input power when installed in an appropriate system?
    This will be indicated as “Yes” or “No.”
  4. Does the product provide field-adjustable light output? This will be indicated as “Yes” or “No”.
  5. If the product is field-adjustable, what is the minimum wattage of the product? This will be indicated as a value in watts.
  6. If the product is field-adjustable, what is the maximum wattage of the product? This will be indicated as a value in watts.
  7. If the product is field-adjustable, what is the minimum light output of the product? This will be indicated as a value in lumens.
  8. If the product is field-adjustable, what is the maximum light output of the product? This will be indicated as a value in lumens.

You may update the listings of your previously-qualified products with dimming information by submitting a Dimming Update Application, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Please note that you must identify the unique model number(s) for each product variation submitted in an application with different combinations of reported dimming information. Products with different performance with respect to items #1-4 above will not be permitted to be represented by the same model number listing on the QPL.

Due to the lack of an industry standard testing methodology to verify dimming capability and performance under dimmed conditions, the DLC will not require testing be submitted to verify dimming performance at this time. The DLC will evaluate a manufacturer’s claims of dimming capability by ensuring that the dimming claims are clearly published in the product specification sheet and correspond with the unique model numbers submitted. DLC reviewers may check web listings and other marketing materials, and reserve the right to request additional information to demonstrate dimming capability if product specification sheets are not sufficient.

 



Updating Nomenclature/Brand Name


Update Nomenclature/Brand Name for Single and Family Grouping Products
 

To update product nomenclature or brand name for products qualified via the Single Product or Family Grouping application process, manufacturers must provide the following:

  • A signed statement on company letterhead that certifies no changes were made to the product (only to nomenclature/brand name), and briefly describes the reason for the nomenclature change. The statement must include the list of old and new model numbers. 
    • For Brand Name Updates: Model numbers or Family IDs to be updated must be included
  • Completed Nomenclature Update Form (download at bottom of webpage)
  • Updated spec sheet(s) that reflects the nomenclature/brand name change



Updating Nomenclature/Brand Name for Private Label Products
 

To update product nomenclature or brand name for products qualified via the Private Label application process, manufacturers must provide the following:

  • A signed statement on company letterhead that certifies no changes were made to the product (only to nomenclature/brand name), and briefly describes the reason for the nomenclature change. The statement must include the list of old and new model numbers. 
    • For Brand Name Updates: Model numbers or Family IDs to be updated must be included
  • Completed Nomenclature Update Form (download at bottom of webpage)
  • Updated spec sheet(s) that reflects the nomenclature/brand name change
  • Updated Private Label Agreement form that reflects the nomenclature/brand name change (download at bottom of webpage)

At this time, there are no fees associated with nomenclature/brand name update applications. To request a nomenclature/brand name change, manufacturers must submit the required documentation through their Manufacturer Portal, and select “Update” as the Application Type. 
 

 


 

Updating Performance

If a manufacturer wishes to update the listed performance of a qualified product, the manufacturer must provide new test data for the updated product and pay the associated application fee. This will require DLC review. If the manufacturer wishes to have the originally-qualified and updated products both listed on the DLC QPL, a new part number for the updated product must be provided to avoid duplicate model numbers on the QPL. If model numbers are not changed, the listing will be for the upgraded product only. Multiple products with identical model numbers may not be listed under the same product category on the QPL.

  • Delisted Products: Products that have been delisted from the QPL due to changes in DLC performance requirements may be re-listed, using the same model numbers, if performance updates and test reports are available to support qualification. Manufacturers who wish to re-list these products should submit a new Update Application Form and supporting documentation of performance. Update applications will follow the fee structure for entirely new submissions.   
    • Please note: for Private Label products to be re-listed, first the corresponding OEM products must be updated and re-listed. 
    • For products that have been delisted due to surveillance testing, new model numbers may be required when re-submitting. Please see the Surveillance Testing Policy (section G) for details. 

 



Updating to Premium

In order to update products on the QPL to the DLC Premium classification, manufacturers must submit the additional required information on driver ISTMT, safety certification, controls information, and L90 evaluation, along with a new application form and any other additional information not provided with the original application. Learn more about submitting a Premium application here.

 


 

Adding Products to an Existing Family


Adding Products to Existing Single and Family Grouping Products


To add product variations to an existing list of products, manufacturers must submit an Update Application and provide the following:

  • Updated spec sheet(s) that reflect the new product offerings
  • Proof of safety certification for the new products from an appropriate safety certification body relevant in the US or Canada All products are required to submit a compliance certificate from an approved safety certification organization relevant in the United States or Canada. This compliance document shall bear the manufacturers name and will be proof that the products listed have been investigated by the safety organization and found to be in compliance with the standards listed on the certificate. The name of this document varies by safety organization, however, is commonly referred to as a Certificate of Compliance or Authorization to Mark. More information.
  • A QPL download of the existing qualified products
  • Completed Update Application Form that includes the additional products seeking qualification

If the additional products will create new worst-case brackets for the existing family, represent new optical distributions, and/or introduce different drivers, additional testing will be required per the standard Single Product and Family Grouping Application Instructions.
 


Adding Products to Existing Private Label Products


To add product variations to an existing Private Label listing, please follow the Private Label application process.