The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing commercial lighting solutions. The DLC promotes high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products in collaboration with utilities and energy efficiency program members, manufacturers, lighting designers, and federal, state, and local entities. Through these partnerships, the DLC establishes product quality specifications, facilitates thought leadership, and provides information, education, tools and technical expertise.
The DLC requires manufacturers to submit demanding industry standard test data on their products. DLC analysts then examine manufacturer’s test reports and pass or fail applications based on performance criteria. Products which meet the minimum DLC performance criteria are then added to the DLC Qualified Products List.
Saylite tests all of its LED products against DLC performance criteria for the applicable product category. Most, if not all, of Saylite’s products meets DLC criteria. Saylite submits on a continuing basis the test results to DLC to add their products to the list. The submittal process can take between 3 and 6 weeks once the qualified testing is completed. Since each submittal is costly, Saylite focuses on those products that are most likely offered in utility rebate programs.
Note: DLC Qualified Products are more likely to qualify for utility rebates. But if your project doesn’t qualify for utility rebates (and most projects don’t), then it’s important to specify and purchase fixtures that meet high performance standards. Fixture pricing is an important consideration when subsidies aren’t available.
Saylite focuses its product line and DLC submittals to maximize the value to our customers. In cases where utility rebates aren’t plentiful, we make sure we offer the full performance criteria without unnecessary mark-up required to pay for the DLC listing.