DLC Listings on LED Lighting products: Your “Good House Keeping” seal of approval!
When LED products came on the market some years ago, their technology was intact, but had lots of room for improvement. “Time heals all” is a good phrase here. With each new install of a LED retrofit or replacement product came new ideas of how to make the newer LED product(s) better.
In 2007 and 2008, for example, we started to see the changeover of the 60w incandescent to a (A-19) type bulb (like a standard 60w we all grew up with). It took a while for the LED products to reach the same light output of a standard 60w incandescent bulb and cost 85% less to operate. That is a big deal! It really is.
Recently the LED gurus have mastered that output, and the costs have dropped considerably. We now see innovative ways to make them run cooler, brighter and at reduce wattage needed to power the bulb. Let’s face it; LED lighting IS the next wave of lighting in our collective life time. I wonder what my Daughter will use in another 50 years. And that being said, my guess is the LED will still have the strongest market hold, we’ll see. Better yet you’ll see.
So with all this new LED stuff in play it only stands to reason that some sort of “Best of” list would emerge to rate and classify the next generation of lighting. It did, and there are a few to choose from. For those not in the business, a LM79 or LM80 specifications test report is meaningless, and that’s OK, you don’t need the entire backside index of the LED business to make a good buying decision.
What does help are accredited organizations to show consumers what is good and not so good so we can get what works best for our needs, and not get ripped off.
DLC (Design Lighting Consortium) does that. It rates, tests and certificates’ manufactures products submitted to DLC for testing and proper approval of its use. Just think UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certifications. Most utility rebate packages rely on DLC rated products before the Utility Company will authorize the products use in their Energy Savings Programs and release the rebate money. The Utilities Trade Ally’s (installers) know all about the DLC listing and its proposed purpose.
Here’s the help in all of this, if the LED product has a DLC listing, you are assured that it has passed the quality control rigors and specs along with the warranty of 50k hours of use or 5 years of service. Here is a little fact based test, when you hit the local retailer and think about this article, pull the inexpensive product and read the warranty if it has one. That right there will tell you why it cost so much less. While a non DLC Led product may be cheaper than a DLC rated product, you will pay more in the long run because of the reliability and warranty factors.
Good news is most of the top shelf LED products have a DLC rating, and here at Decafe Energy we offer both a full listing of DLC and non DLC rated products so your search is not so time consuming to find what is DLC listed and what is not…very helpful! Kudos!
The Bottom Line: Go with DLC listed stuff! I gotta say it….”you get what you pay for”!
We are here to help you get the right LED product for the right price on the right schedule. Let us be your LED purchasing research department; just send us your list of the lighting you need to install, replace or retrofit (CLICK HERE) and we will lend your project our experience to send you back our expert recommendations of what and where to purchase. It’s that easy! If you have any questions, please CONTACT US HERE.
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