The DesignLights Consortium’s (DLC) Networked Lighting Controls Online Qualified Product List recently received a Top Product of the Year Award in the elite Environment + Energy Leader Awards program. The win is an indication that the program’s expert judges consider the Networked Lighting Controls Qualified Product List a top example of the exemplary work being done today in the fields of energy and environmental management.

The Environment + Energy Leader Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, and in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line.

The DLC’s Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) program defines system capabilities that achieve energy savings and evaluates lighting control systems based on the presence or absence of these capabilities. Those that meet DLC’s annually updated Technical Requirements become listed on the NLC Qualified Products List (QPL), a searchable, filterable online tool that provides key information about each system. Electric utility energy efficiency programs use the QPL to provide savings incentives to commercial and industrial (C & I) customers, while lighting professionals rely on the QPL to select appropriate systems for C & I projects.

Previously available as an Excel spreadsheet, the new Online NLC QPL benefits both utilities and lighting project designers through an improved search and product comparison process with filters tailored to identify features such as manufacturer, ease of installation, wired or wireless communication, energy monitoring, advanced capabilities and more. A customized column menu enables users to compare products to find systems that meet their specific project needs, such as the presence of color tuning or cybersecurity features.

The DLC is eager to speed wider adoption of NLCs in the wake of a 2017 study showing that NLCs can boost the energy efficiency of stand-alone LED commercial lighting projects by an average of 47 percent compared with LED-only projects. A subsequent study last year found that utility efficiency programs for LED lighting upgrades can realize an additional 22 percent average lifetime energy savings by pairing NLCs and LEDs at the time of project installation.