In September, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) introduced a new version of its LightSmart™ app, a tool for consumers that tries to demystify LED and the other energy-efficient alternatives to traditional incandescent bulbs.
The free app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android users, was originally created as the regulations put in place by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 became reality. With the traditional choice being phased out, consumers and lighting professionals alike are trying to make sense of the new lighting landscape. Enter LightSmart.
“The LightSmart app that UL developed is an excellent tool for consumers as they try to understand the many types of light bulbs now in the marketplace,” says Larry Lauck, Vice President of Communications for the American Lighting Assn. (ALA). “I also see it being used by showroom sales staff as a way to educate their customers. ALA is most fortunate to have UL as a strong partner.”
Users navigate the LightSmart app with four functions: Save, Find, Learn — and, newly added in partnership with ALA — Shop.
Save: Users can compare operating costs of different replacement bulbs and calculate the energy savings they would incur by switching to an energy-efficient option.
Find: Users can discover their preferred light color temperature and brightness by uploading photos from their own homes and playing with the levels on-screen.
Learn: Users can browse technical information about bulbs as well as lighting legislation information and updates.
Shop: In this newest LightSmart addition, users can locate the nearest ALA showroom to get help from lighting professionals and purchase what they need.
“We were pleased ALA chose to work with us on our first major enhancement to the LightSmart app,” says Alberto Uggetti, Vice President & General Manager, UL HVAC, Appliances, Lighting & Components. “The addition of the ALA Showroom finder was a natural add-on to the existing functionality. Now you can Save, Find, Learn and Shop for experts and excellence in lighting.”
Showrooms are also using LightSmart as a tool to help them serve customers more effectively. President of Platinum Lighting Concepts Mary Ann Kelly has been using the app in her showroom on her iPad and views it as a great resource for her and her staff.
“LightSmart enables us to send a simple, consistent message to our customers that we are truly experts in lighting their homes,” Kelly says.
Download the LightSmart app from the iTunes Store or Google Play. For more information about LightSmart, visit www.ul.com.