History of Energy Star
Energy Star is unique in its operational ethics. Since invention, it has operated as a voluntary labelling program introduced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the main purpose of identifying and promoting products that are energy-efficient, so that greenhouse gas emissions is reduced to the minimum. The first labelled products by this movement were computers and monitors, although it expanded the label to cover some other office equipment and residential temperature products through 1995. EPA established a partnership with the US Department of Energy in 1996 for some categories of products.
What are LEDs and How Do They Work?
You’ve been hearing LED, but probably wondering what really it is and how it works. LED means Light Emitting Diode. LED products were introduced into the market to perform more effectively than incandescent bulbs. You’re wondering how they work, right? Here’s how – An electrical current runs through a microchip which creates an illumination in tiny light sources which we call LEDs and this results to visible light. To enable maximum performance, the heat produced by LEDs gets absorbed into a heat sink.
LED Lighting Products Lifetime
Another unique feature of LED lighting fixtures is their life cycle. They y far outlive other light sources like incandescent bulbs. LEDs just continues to last without fear of failing. They’ll rather experience ‘lumen depression’, where the LED begins to dim its brightness slowly.
Energy Star LED Lighting
Modern trends have seen more lighting options make the market, but that not withstanding, if you are looking for a lighting set that helps you save utility bill, then there’s none other than ENERGY STAR.
LED bulbs that have been classified with Energy Star are required to recreate more than the normal experience you’ll get from an everyday bulb. Usage covers a wide range of applications. LEDs that have not attained the ENERGY STAR may be a disappointment, since they may not cover as much as you want it to.
ENERGY STAR requires class and performance, especially in the following areas:
- Color Quality
-5 different requirements for color to ensure quality up front and over time
- Light Output
– Controlled minimum light output to give you sufficient light
-Light distribution requirements to give light to every part where it’s needed
-Guidelines for equivalency claims to take the guess-work out of replacement
- Peace of mind
-Verified compliance with more than 20 requirements to address performance and labeling
– Long-term testing to back up lifetime claims
– Testing to stress the products in operating environments similar to how you will use the product in your home
– 3-year minimum warranty requirement
Just like it is done in most other ENERGY STAR certified products, LED lighting fixtures also get tested randomly every year, to ensure continuity of quality and that the don’t drop on ENERGY STAR requirements.