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ENERGY STAR Finalizes New Downlight Spec

The ENERGY STAR Downlights Specification Version 1.0 was finalized on November 16, 2023, is effective immediately, and takes full effect on January 1, 2025 with the sunset of the Luminaires spec.

Downlights don’t have to be recessed to qualify for the program. For example, flushmount downlights and even wall mounted downlights can qualify. The new program includes downlight retrofit kits that convert legacy light source downlights to LED. No empty socket downlights are permitted in the program, only dedicated LED downlights.

On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 2:00 PM EST, EPA will host a webinar, providing an overview of the major changes from Luminaires V2.2 to Downlights V1.0. Register here to attend. Partners can now begin work with their EPA recognized Certification Body (CB) to certify their eligible products to the Downlights Version 1.0 requirements. The V1.0 final downlight specification can be downloaded here.

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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