The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published the second draft Energy Star performance criteria for several lighting applications to be added to Category A: outdoor area pole-mounted and roadway luminaires, outdoor wall-mounted area luminaires (wall packs), and parking garage/canopy luminaires. First draft criteria for these applications were published in August 2008 as part of a larger set of additions to Category A.

These outdoor area lighting applications were removed from the Energy Star Program Requirements for SSL Luminaires version 1.1 (published Dec 19, 2008, and effective Feb 1, 2009) because additional analysis was needed to address issues raised during the first stakeholder comment and review period. In the meantime, DOE has developed a new approach for evaluating the performance of outdoor area and roadway lighting.

To download the second draft criteria, visit Silver Spring, Md.-based D&R International's Web site.