IFC-Supported Standards for Clean Lighting Now Recognized Internationally

April 10th 2013 : The Lighting Global Quality Test Methodology has become the world standard for clean off-grid lighting products, following its incorporation into an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical specification on April 03, 2013. The Clean Energy Ministerial highlighted the new IEC standard as an important step in the effort to expand energy access during its meeting in New Delhi, India, on April 17-18.

Off-grid lighting products, which are often solar-charged, are typically designed for rural communities without access to electricity in developing countries.

Around 1.3 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity and use polluting and expensive fuels for lighting. A global quality assurance framework means that people at the base of the pyramid will have more choices to quality off-grid lighting products, such as solar lamps. It eliminates the need to test products for each different market, reducing the associated costs incurred by companies. These savings can be transferred to buyers through lower priced, quality products.

“The IEC document that includes the Lighting Global test methods and quality assurance standards framework is an important step in our effort to institutionalize the quality assurance framework for off-grid lighting and ultimately, make clean lighting more accessible to low income households” said Arne Jacobson, Technical Lead for the Lighting Global quality assurance work and Director of the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University, USA.

Lighting Global has been working with the U.S. Department of Energy for the last 15 months to institutionalize its test methods and quality metrics through the IEC.

The Lighting Global quality assurance framework was originally developed by Lighting Africa, an IFC/World Bank program that has enabled seven million people in Africa to access clean lighting. Lighting Global also supports the IFC’s Lighting Asia program. The Lighting Asia-India program is bringing the IEC global standards to Asia, with the opening of a testing laboratory in New Delhi.
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Lighting Global Quality Test Methodology

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