INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Lighting Council Australia’s Solid State Lighting Scheme was introduced in early 2010 to give consumers confidence in the quality of the LED products they purchase. The Commonwealth Government GEMS Regulator has announced that it will regulate the efficacy, performance and lifetime of LED products starting in 2018. We also note there has been a general improvement in the quality of LED products marketed in Australia over recent years.
Consequently, Lighting Council Australia has decided to cease the operation of our SSL scheme on 30 June 2017. After this date we will no longer accept applications for participation in this Scheme.
All labels issued under the Scheme remain valid for the life of the products.
SSL technology holds considerable promise to substantially increase energy efficiency across a range of lighting applications. The rapid growth of SSL has resulted in an increasing number of new products on the Australian market. While there are some excellent SSL products available, the Australian market is also being subjected to underperforming product that does not live up to its supplier’s claims. Such poor performing product can undermine confidence among users and discourage early adopters of the technology. This underperforming product has the potential to delay or otherwise compromise the substantial energy savings potential of SSL.
For these reasons Lighting Council Australia has instituted a quality scheme for SSL based on a scheme introduced by the US Department of Energy in conjunction with the US lighting industry.
The SSL Quality Scheme is a voluntary industry scheme that provides confidence to the market that a luminaire carrying the Scheme’s label matches certain performance claims made by the supplier.
A minimum set of critical parameters, described below, are reported by participating SSL luminaire suppliers to accurately reflect the performance of their products. Scheme participants provide test reports or other evidence to Lighting Council Australia verifying their claims. Lighting Council Australia registers the product in a database and authorises use of a label owned by Lighting Council indicating conformance to the parameters.
Critical parameters and their measurement
The five performance criteria are:
Light Output of luminaire is the total lumens output by a luminaire (as a whole). For SSL products, luminaire light output must be determined by measuring the output of the entire luminaire (including the LED device, thermal management, device driver losses, fixture, and optics) in an integrating sphere or goniophotometer using absolute photometry.
Measured Power is the total power consumed by a luminaire measured in Watts. In all cases, the luminaire power should be measured upstream of power supply/driver. For example, for a luminaire that includes a wall plug, the measured power is at the wall socket input. For a luminaire wired directly to 240V AC, the measured power is at the 240V AC input.
Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) for an SSL luminaire ideally should be determined through integrating sphere testing of the whole luminaire. If this test result is not available, the CCT value for the LED device used in the luminaire can be provided, but information provided should indicate that the CCT value was measured at the LED device level.
The CCT of the luminaire may differ from the CCT of the device for any of several reasons:
Ideally, both Colour Coordinates in the CIE 1931 x,y Chromaticity diagram and Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT in degrees Kelvin) should be reported using ANSI C-78-377-2008, Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid-state Lighting Products, as there can be confusion about what CCT means, especially if the coordinates are well off the Planckian locus.
Colour Rendering Index (CRI) should be measured according to the standard Ra method used for conventional sources. As with other measurements, the CRI should be measured for the luminaire in normal steady-state operation to account for any effects of temperature or luminaire design on colour.
When Scheme requirements have been met Lighting Council Australia will issue a label to Scheme Members for a specific luminaire or range of luminaires. The label may be used on the product and in product literature.
A miniaturised version of the label will also be made available for attaching to small products.
NOTE: The LED Performance Label is a registered trademark. Legal action will be taken against unauthorised use.
Eligibility for Scheme Participation
The Scheme is open to financial members of Lighting Council Australia and Lighting Council New Zealand.
All participants must be a registered entity under Australian or New Zealand corporations law. » To register
Overview of Process for Acquiring Label
Appendix 1 - Conditions for Participation in SSL Quality Scheme
Appendix 2 - Evidence to Satisfy Requirements that a Product or Family of Products Complies
The Applicant must provide:
Important note: Only applications for luminaires that constitute a system will be accepted – that is, a fully integrated mains connected (230 V AC) luminaire OR luminaire plus power supply.
Product family approval
Supplier to advise details – extent and justification for any range approval.
Appendix 3 - Product Registration Costs
Product family registration