The DLC is pleased to release the final version of SSL Technical Requirements Version 5, which includes two policies: V5.0 and V5.1. Both policies are now published on the DLC website but have different effective dates. For more information on the transition to SSL Technical Requirements V5, view the V5 transition webpage.

Networked Lighting Controls V5 (NLC5) Requirements

Networked Lighting Controls V5 (NLC5) Requirements

Adding NLCs to LED lighting projects can boost energy savings by nearly 50 percent, yet adoption of the technology remains limited. Barriers such as technology complexity, high cost, and lack of standardization and interoperability have prevented the technology from achieving its full potential. Education, common standards, and system selection guidance, are needed to address these barriers and achieve widespread adoption.

The DLC’s Networked Lighting Controls Technical Requirement and associated QPL provide an essential resource to efficiency program administrators, designers, specifiers, distributors, contractors, and end users to identify, compare, and select rebate-eligible, high-performing control systems for use on projects. To keep pace with quickly evolving technology and standards, the DLC revises its requirements for Networked Lighting Controls annually in June.

Comments are now open for the first draft of the NLC5 Technical Requirements. Please submit all comments using the DLC Comment Form linked below to by March 17, 2020.



Desired Outcomes and Benefits


The NLC5 revision continues to raise the bar for listed systems with multiyear plans for cybersecurity, energy monitoring, and interoperability.


The listing of networked lighting controls systems in combination with utility rebates leads to higher market adoption and increased customer satisfaction.


More DLC Member utilities provide more extensive support for networked lighting controls technology.



Installers and specifiers have the data and tools they need to be able to select and install networked lighting control systems appropriately.





NLC5 Draft 1 Technical Requirements

Download NLC5 Comment Form


Next Steps

  • March 17, 2020 -- NLC5 Draft 1 Comments Due

  • April 16, 2020 -- NLC5 Draft 2 Technical Requirements Released for Review and Comment

  • May 15, 2020 -- NLC5 Draft 2 Comments Due

  • June 3, 2020 -- NLC5 Final Requirements Released

Drafts and Documents

First Draft Documents