The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is the region’s premiere energy efficiency organization, and has long held the view that lighting is a cornerstone of residential efforts to adopt energy efficiency. Energy-efficient lighting is inexpensive, easy to install, and delivers easily quantifiable savings. Over MEEA’s ten years’ experience in administering efficiency programs, transforming the residential lighting market by encouraging CFL adoption has been an essential component of our program work.
Solid-state lighting (SSL) now offers the opportunity to extend our existing lighting opportunities to a technology offering efficiency that rivals or exceeds CFLs, and MEEA has been keen to explore these new possibilities. While the residential market remains presently untouched by SSL in most general illumination applications, MEEA has sought to identify new residential SSL opportunities as a Program Partner in the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prizes (L Prize). With Philips’ submission of its LED replacement for the 60-watt incandescent lamp, MEEA wished to play a role in assessing this potentially groundbreaking LED product.
MEEA sought a collaborative partner for L Prize field assessment in order to test a variety of lighting applications, and found an ideal partner in the Merchandise Mart. The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building, making it all the more notable for achieving LEED Silver certification. The Merchandise Mart has a long history of piloting LED luminaires in a variety of applications, and through its status as a premiere space for interior design showrooms and trade shows, the Merchandise Mart has many spaces which mimic residential spaces within a commercial environment.
In all, MEEA and the Merchandise Mart partnered to test three distinct applications through the field assessment of the Philips submission. A description of these field tests, the consequent results, and their perception by users constitute this summary report.