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The DOE LED Lighting Facts® program has played a pivotal role in the early adoption of SSL technology and products. After nearly a decade, the program has achieved its original objectives with significant success, and is scheduled to end.

The voluntary LED Lighting Facts program was created in 2009 to help manufacturers, utilities, and others in the early days of LED lighting, when products entered the market with little or no verified information on product performance. At that time, DOE technical support had assisted in the development of industry standard test procedures such as IES-LM-79-08 and IES-LM-80-08, which enabled product performance to be reported in a fair and comparable way. DOE testing and analysis of purchased LED products (conducted by independent, qualified test labs) were highlighting product quality issues and helping to discourage low-quality products and inflated manufacturer claims.

The LED Lighting Facts program created a framework to foster “truth in advertising” and to compel manufacturers to use the IES testing standards. The voluntary DOE LED Lighting Facts effort paved the way for the mandatory Federal Trade Commission (FTC) label required for most general service lamps (including incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED light bulbs). Several workshops were held to help the FTC formulate their label, which was introduced in 2010. Subsequently, the DOE Lighting Facts program assisted in compelling manufacturers to apply the IES standards to all product types, and also by providing a publicly available database of checked data for comparison.

Altogether, DOE’s coordinated efforts had a significant impact on the early evolution and adoption of LED lighting technology and products. Over time, the LED Lighting Facts database grew to include more than 70,000 products and to serve more than 2,800 partners (manufacturers, retailers and distributors, lighting professionals, and energy-efficiency program sponsors).

The closure of DOE's program DOES NOT affect the existing consumer Lighting Facts labels required by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules. Those rules require the FTC labels to appear on packages for general service lamps and specialty consumer lamps. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions for the FTC Lighting Facts label.  

RESOURCES AND TOOLS

Products registered with the LED Lighting Facts program were listed in an online, searchable database. Periodic "Product Snapshot" reports were developed to reveal how today's LED products really perform, drawing on analysis of the verified performance data from the product list.

Snapshot: Troffers (8 pages, February 2018)
Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting (8 pages, September 2017)
Snapshot: Downlights (7 pages, July 2017)
Snapshot: Industrial Luminaires (6 pages, March 2017)
Snapshot: Troffers (6 pages, December 2016)
Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting (8 pages, September 2016)
Snapshot: Linear Lamps (TLEDs) (8 pages, July 2016) 
Snapshot: Downlights (8 pages, April 2016)
Snapshot: MR16 Lamps (8 pages, January 2016)
Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting (7 pages, July 2014)
Snapshot: Indoor LED Luminaires (7 pages, May 2014)
Snapshot: MR16 Lamps (8 pages, January 2014)
Snapshot: "Light Bulbs" (6 pages, November 2013)
Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting (7 pages, July 2013)
Snapshot: Indoor Ambient Lighting (6 pages, April 2013)
Product Snapshot Archive