SSL QUALITY SCHEME OVERVIEW
Solid State Lighting (SSL) technology – also known as LEDs, or light emitting diodes - holds considerable promise to substantially increase energy efficiency across a range of lighting applications. The rapid growth of SSL has resulted in an increasing number of new products on the Australian market. While there are some excellent SSL products available, the Australian market is also being subjected to underperforming product that does not live up to its supplier’s claims. Such poor performing product can undermine confidence among users and discourage early adopters of the technology. This underperforming product has the potential to delay or otherwise compromise the substantial energy savings potential of SSL.
For these reasons Lighting Council Australia has instituted a quality scheme for SSL based on a scheme introduced by the US Department of Energy in conjunction with the US lighting industry.
The SSL Quality Scheme is a voluntary industry scheme that provides confidence to the market that a luminaire carrying the Scheme’s label matches certain performance claims made by the supplier.
A minimum set of critical parameters are reported by participating SSL luminaire suppliers to accurately reflect the performance of their products. Scheme participants provide test reports or other evidence to Lighting Council Australia verifying their claims. Lighting Council Australia registers the product on a database on its website (www.lightingcouncil.com.au) and authorises use of a label owned by Lighting Council indicating conformance to the parameters.
The critical parameters appearing on the SSL Quality Scheme Label are:
Note: Only members of Lighting Council Australia are eligible to participate in the SSL Quality Scheme.