Luminaires & Distribution
Last Update: November 1, 2011
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Guideline Specifications

Lighting specifications for luminaires should be carefully written to avoid the substitution of inferior products that might sacrifice energy savings. A good specification can ensure the comfort, quality, and energy efficiency of the lighting design.

Proprietary & Three-Name Specifications
There are two methods of specifying luminaires. The easiest is to give the make and model number of the luminaire in the lighting fixture schedule. This type of specification is often called a proprietary specification because the basis of the specification is a certain manufacturer's product.
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Performance Specifications
Instead of specifying a product by name, it is possible to specify a product by thoroughly describing its performance characteristics. Key identifying characteristics are the photometric curves of the luminaire.
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ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to help consumers identify products that meet strict energy efficiency and performance criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR luminaire and replacement lamp criteria provide some assurance...
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Design Lights Consortium
The Design Lights Consortium, a collaboration of utilities and regional energy efficiency organizations, has published guideline specifications for solid-state lighting products seeking entry into the organization’s Qualified Products List.
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