Energy Efficiency Sponsor Partners

Expectations of Partnership: EE Sponsors

LED Lighting Facts refers to public utilities or energy efficiency program sponsors as Energy Efficiency Sponsor Partners (EE Sponsors). 

Ask manufacturers for the LED Lighting Facts label.

Manufacturers of LED products should test their products in accordance with the industry standard test method, IES LM-79-2008, to ensure that they understand how the product performs. Joining LED Lighting Facts is a very simple step for them to take to provide assurance that their product performance claims have been verified.

Verify that the product’s LED Lighting Facts label is legitimate.

Not all labels are legitimate LED Lighting Facts labels! Never assume that a label is accurate. Always use the Product List at www.lightingfacts.com/products to verify whether:

  • Items are registered with the program.
  • Performance values on the label match values listed and verified by the program.

EE sponsors are encouraged to work with their vendors to ensure that different product versions are clearly identifiable by consumers.

Use the label to evaluate LED product quality.

The LED Lighting Facts label allows EE Sponsors to review the characteristics of an LED product using accurate and verified performance data.

Select products from the LED Lighting Facts Product List.

Committing to selecting only products from the LED Lighting Facts Product List will encourage manufacturers to register all of their LED products with the program. This practice will result in greater disclosure of product performance results with claims, ultimately increasing the quality of SSL products in the market.

Program Requirements

Becoming an LED Lighting Facts partner requires a commitment to supporting improvement in the quality of LED-based lighting products, as well as using the LED Lighting Facts labels and logos according to program guidelines.  

Using the LED Lighting Facts Label

The LED Lighting Facts label is a registered trademark developed by DOE. Only LED Lighting Facts labels that are provided by and in accordance with the LED Lighting Facts program and LED Lighting Facts product registration process are allowed. Any manufacturer or agent who reproduces, alters, or recreates the LED Lighting Facts label outside the program requirements will be subject to penalties of trademark infringement and may be denied the right to participate in the LED Lighting Facts program.

Each LED Lighting Facts label is unique to the product registered by the manufacturer. This is the ONLY version of the LED Lighting Facts label that may be used with a product. The label must be shown exactly as it appears with the product listing and it may not be recreated. No alterations of the design or content of the label are permitted after it has been downloaded, with the exception of label updates issued by the program (e.g., security and formatting updates). Using a label in association with any product other than the product for which that label is registered is strictly prohibited. 

Using the LED Lighting Facts Partner Mark

The LED Lighting Facts partner mark is available for EE Sponsors to communicate their commitment to the program. The partner mark is also available to manufacturer partners who have registered at least one product with the LED Lighting Facts program.

The partner mark may be used by all partners in marketing materials. Use of the partner mark in association with products that have not been approved or use of the partner mark in a way that implies that an unapproved product is approved are strictly prohibited. Failure to comply with these guidelines could subject a company to penalties of trademark infringement; the company may also be denied the opportunity to participate in the LED Lighting Facts program. 

Product Quality and Selecting the Right Product

Remember: the LED Lighting Facts label does not guarantee product quality. A product is not required to meet performance thresholds to obtain the LED Lighting Facts label. The label is simply a resource to ensure that critical product performance information provided by the manufacturer is accurate.

Partner Benefits

The LED Lighting Facts program has various tools to help EE Sponsors use the label to compare products and manufacturer claims find the most appropriate LED products on the market.

Third-Party Verification

The LED Lighting Facts program focuses on truth in advertising by providing assurance that performance attributes listed on the label are accurate. If a product carries an LED Lighting Facts label, it signifies that a single product or at least one product in a family has been tested according to industry standard procedures and that those results have been reviewed by the program. All test reports submitted to  LED Lighting Facts have come from Approved Labs.

Product Evaluation Tools

The following tools compare products with the LED Lighting Facts label to other technologies, such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs:

1. Residential Product Performance Scale 

2. Commercial Product Performance Scale 

Communication with Experts in the LED Lighting Facts Program 

Partners have direct access to LED Lighting Facts program experts who can answer questions or help facilitate discussions with other SSL industry experts. DOE has many programs and partners working to accelerate advances in SSL. Visit www.ssl.energy.gov for more information. LED Lighting Facts also regularly communicates with partners via e-newsletters and webinars. For more information or to be added to the communications distribution list, please contact info@lightingfacts.com.