Design Lights Consortium Adds SpecGrade LED to their Qualified Products List for Energy Rebates

Energy Rebates

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) is an independent third party certification body to which most utilities will commonly refer before awarding any of those highly coveted energy rebates. The DLC recently rolled out criteria specific to horticulture, which utilities and legal bodies can use to set energy efficiency standards and incentives for cultivators.

Before putting a manufacturer on their Qualified Products List (QPL) list, the product is required to meet a number of energy efficacy criteria. Only LED fixtures qualify and they must be at least 10% more energy efficient than the next-best alternative, which DLC considers to be a 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium light.


We are pleased to announce that SpecGrade LED grow lights, Linea and Verta, have received approval from the DesignLights Consortium for their Qualified Products List!


This means that SpecGrade LED Grow Lights qualify professional growers to receive valuable energy rebates offered by local utility companies when specifying our fixtures. These incentives provide enormous financial relief to cultivation companies facing significant startup costs and overhead in their first year of operation. Explore Utility Rebate Programs in your neck of the woods on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency website.

Advancing the Field of LED Grow Lighting

The significance of the DLC approval of our grow lights is tremendous for the SpecGrade team, because it validates the attention our engineers have paid to important factors of technical sophistication in recent years.

The DLC has laid down standards for photon efficacy that our fixtures had already surpassed with a highly competitive ratio of micromoles per Joule of energy. QPL standards also sets technical requirements for the lifespan of the fixture, another area of expertise for our engineers at SpecGrade LED. Critical technology components like drivers, diodes, and circuit boards must be capable of operating efficiently for a positive ROI on energy-efficient LED lighting solutions. Thanks to our proprietary thermal management and quality components, our lights continue operating well past 100,000 hours of continuous use.

Lastly, the DLC is looking much closer at spectrum content in its QPL, recognizing that varying levels of blue, green, red, or far red light are critical to optimal plant performance. Again, our Entire Life Cycle Spectrum, which includes enhancements in the 400-700 nm spectrum of viable Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) provides ample levels of these important colors throughout all stages of a plant’s growth cycle, resulting in a more abundant harvest as well as fuller, healthier plants.

While the DLC will revise these standards every 2 years to keep up with evolving technology, it’s important to note that this information does not rely on self-reporting by manufacturers, but rather on hard data generated by certified third-party testing labs.  Manufacturers can’t fake it, or fudge the numbers, so you have to bring your A game.



And that’s what we’re doing here at SpecGrade LED.

Bringing our top talent to the task of advancing the field of industrial LED grow lights for cannabis, food, and flora the world over.

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