In 2010, DOE created the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to help cities make informed decisions on the purchase of LED street lighting and maximize the energy savings. The goal was to build a repository of valuable field experience and data to accelerate the learning curve for buying and implementing high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting.
Over time, the MSSLC membership grew to include nearly 500 municipalities, utilities, and other agencies. These members shared objective technical information and tools as well as first-hand experiences and lessons learned through frequent e-newsletters, webinars, and regional workshops. The MSSLC is no longer active, but existing technical resources continue to play a valuable role in guiding streetlight conversion projects.
DOE offers a variety of resources to guide municipalities, utilities, and others in their evaluation of LED street lighting products.
- Specifications help determine appropriate performance characteristics for a particular lighting application.
- Financing guidance and tools provide information and evaluation assistance for LED lighting investments.
- Frequently asked questions address issues surrounding street lighting and blue light.
- Demonstrations evaluate LED products in real applications.