Bernadette Boudreaux, Senior Technical Operations Manager, DLC (DesignLIghts Consortium)
The lighting industry is in the midst of a transformation. Prior transformations were the result of technological advances that dramatically increased efficacy. As these advances level off and high efficacy is expected, the priority is shifting from efficacy to quality as the differentiating factor between luminaires. Specifiers and their clients place more value on the quality of light aspects for luminaires and manufacturers have a public avenue to differentiate their quality products in the DLC V5.1 SSL program. This policy, released in February 2020 with applications accepted in July, includes quality metrics such as TM-30, UGR, and BUG Ratings. This talk will include an overview of the industry’s performance using these quality metrics, hurdles in understanding or submission of DLC applications using these metrics, and further action that can be taken to highlight, promote, and expand quality luminaires to the users who are now demanding these attributes.