What is DesignLights Consortium (DLC) and Why Does It Matter?

On the topic of LED lighting and products, we often hear the term DesignLights Consortium (or DLC for short) brought up. But for those who are unaware of what exactly this 'term' means when listed next to a lighting product, this post is going to uncover what DLC really is, and why it is so important when making your decisions.

Just a quick history lesson before we explain more, the DesignLights Consortium is a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP for short), which is a non-profit that was founded back in 1996. There general mission is to accelerate the adoption of higher efficiency lighting within the world of LED lights.

In conjunction with DLC, there is a group known as the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). There general purpose is to support the mission of the DLC through education, collaboration, and expertise within the field.

So far you can probably start to notice that the DLC is basically all about efficient lighting. But what role are they actually playing within the LED lighting products industry? Well, the DLC runs something known as the Qualified Product List (or QPL). This list is very similar to the one of Energy Star, but DLC is all about commercial products where Energy Star is more about consumer products.

On this Qualified Product List provided by the DLC, you can search up products by certain companies that claim to be DLC certified to confirm that they truly are.

While searching through this database, you may notice that some products are listed as "DLC Standard" and some as "DLC Premium." Do you know which is better? You guessed it, the DLC Premium! The reason that a product being listed as premium rather than just standard is that to be qualified as premium you have to pass even harsher and more strict guidelines. Do you know what that means? It means even more efficient lighting fixtures for those products that have successfully been listed as DLC Premium.

Want to give it a test and see for yourself how this QPL works? Follow these simple steps:

1. Visit https://www.designlights.org/QPL
2. Type "MyLEDLightingGuide" in the 'Search by Keyword' box
3. View all of our listed products, and you will notice the majority are listed as DLC Premium

Using this database is extremely simple, and knowing what you are buying before you buy it is always the best way to make purchasing decisions everyone will gratify you for. But, what exactly does it even mean to be DLC listed in the first place? What does a product have to do to deserve being listed?

We've found an extremely helpful link over on the official DLC website that go's over everything you need to become listed, standard or premium. As you can see on the official DLC website, becoming DLC Premium is only for the most efficient and quality lighting products.

Just for an extra bonus that might lighten your day even more, did you know that DLC listed products are typically eligible for rebates by local utility companies. Although they do vary depending on where your business is located, it is always a good thing to check out rebates that are available for you if you were to get a DLC listed product.

By now we hope that the term DLC is ingrained into your mind, and that it truly does matter when making a purchase decision of such importance. You always are looking for the highest quality products in life, let alone business, so ensuring they are (at a minimum) listed on DLC is a must. Of course though, DLC Premium is a plus that you cannot pass, like our products

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