A number of lighting manufacturers now produce LED replacement lamps for traditional 60W incandescent lamps, and stakeholders at the state and national levels face decisions regarding quality standards for this product category. To assist these stakeholders and assess the current state of this segment of the lighting market, CLTC performed photometric and electrical tests on samples of 26 commercially available A19 and A21 omnidirectional LED replacement products.
Jade Sky Technologies (“JST”) collaborated with UC Davis's California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) on a project designed to further the development of replacement lamps that meet the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification. Lab testing and characterization at CLTC showed that lamps incorporating JST's driver architecture met, or exceeded, the California Quality specification, using cost-effective and easily accessible components.
The Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification requires that LED lamps meet certain product performance criteria. This “California Quality” specification was developed by the California Energy Commission in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to accelerate consumer adoption of LED lamps. Many California utilities are using the California Quality Specification to determine which lamps they will include in their rebate and incentive programs.
Working in partnership with California's energy stakeholders, CLTC has created a third-party LED lamp testing program and a database for test results. The LED Performance Database is designed to help utilities and other organizations understand how the LED lamp market is evolving and identify which lamps meet the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification.
Due to the potential use of xenon lamps in outdoor applications, CLTC in collaboration with PG&E, developed an evaluation and testing program for xenon technology used in general illumination, outdoor applications. The research included under this project informed utilities about the performance and reliability of xenon lamps in these applications as compared to Light Emitting Diodes (LED), induction or other appropriate parking and area lighting solutions.
To address California’s critical need for targeted, practical technology improvements that reduce lighting energy use and advance building energy-efficiency, in 2009, the California Energy Commission initiated a comprehensive lighting research, development, demonstration and outreach program in partnership with the California Lighting Technology Center.