California Quality Standards

California Quality LED Lamp Specification

California Quality LED Lamp Specification

The California Energy Commission has adopted a voluntary lighting quality specification for LED replacement lamps. The new standard requires LED lamps to meet certain performance criteria in order to qualify for incentive programs and rebates. These criteria include the color of a lamp’s light, its consistency over time, and its accuracy in rendering colors. The specification for incentivized LED lamps also includes requirements regarding dimming and flickering.

CLASP Project: LED Replacement Lamp Testing

CLASP Project: LED Replacement Lamp Testing

The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), an international nonprofit, partnered with CLTC to conduct laboratory testing of LED lamps currently available in the U.S. market. Data collected and analyzed in the course of testing helped the California Energy Commission develop a voluntary quality-based performance specification for screw-base LED lamps, with requirements for color characteristics and dimmability. CLASP and CLTC are also assisting the Energy Commission in developing a test methodology for measuring these quality characteristics.

Title 24: Residential Lighting

Title 24: Residential Lighting

The Residential Lighting Design Guide outlines best practices in lighting design to help builders comply with California's 2016 Title 24 Energy Standards requirements. 

Topics include:

  • Explanation of the code
  • Technical and compliance information
  • Lighting design examples

The lighting design guide will cover code explanation and floor plan examples of the following areas:

Lighting Appliance Efficiency Regulations: What's New in the Title 20 Code?

Lighting Appliance Efficiency Regulations: What's New in the Title 20 Code?
04/13/2016

The California Energy Commission adopted new standards updating the 2015 Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20) for lighting appliances. Updates will roll out in two tiers with Tier 1 effective January 1, 2018 and Tier 2 effective July 1, 2019. Notably, this update adds standards for small-diameter directional lamps. The updated regulations incorporate elements of lighting product quality for both general service LED lamps and small-diameter directional lamps in addition to the traditional lighting appliance efficiency standards previously included in the regulations.

CA IOU Program: Submittal Form

07/20/2015

CLTC is now the lead organization processing new LED product report reviews for the upstream Residential Lighting Incentive Programs conducted by PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E. CLTC staff work with the utility Program Managers to identify product that will be considered for review. If manufacturers have products that are likely to meet the CEC Specification, the manufacturer should contact the utility Program Manager to be considered for participation. Program Managers will determine which products CLTC will review, based on their program needs. 

CA IOU Program: LED Report Submittal Procedures

07/20/2015

CLTC is now the lead organization processing new LED product report reviews for the upstream Residential Lighting Incentive Programs conducted by PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E. CLTC staff work with the utility Program Managers to identify product that will be considered for review. If manufacturers have products that are likely to meet the CEC Specification, the manufacturer should contact the utility Program Manager to be considered for participation. Program Managers will determine which products CLTC will review, based on their program needs. 

CA IOU Program: Program Overview for Manufacturers

07/20/2015

CLTC is now the lead organization processing new LED product report reviews for the upstream Residential Lighting Incentive Programs conducted by PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E. CLTC staff work with the utility Program Managers to identify product that will be considered for review. If manufacturers have products that are likely to meet the CEC Specification, the manufacturer should contact the utility Program Manager to be considered for participation. Program Managers will determine which products CLTC will review, based on their program needs. 

Product Review for Compliance with the CA LED Lamp Specification

Published: Mon, 07/20/2015
Product Review for Compliance with the California Quality LED Lamp Specification

The California Energy Commission has adopted a voluntary lighting quality specification for LED replacement lamps. The California Quality LED Lamp Specification requires LED lamps to meet certain performance criteria. The requirement to use the standard to guide Residential Lighting Incentive Program currently applies to the investor owned utilities, but several municipal utilities are considering the adoption of the standard.

Evaluation of High Efficiency Lighting for New California Homes

06/19/2015

Current Title 24 Building code requirements call for use of high-efficacy lighting in a limited number of residential space types. Builders are allowed to install low efficacy lighting if they also install dimming controls. However, significant load reduction and energy savings over current code-compliant designs can be achieved through the use of All High-Efficacy (AHE) lighting design practices.

Energy Commission Approves 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Published: Fri, 06/19/2015

On June 10, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved building energy efficiency standards that will reduce energy costs and increase comfort in new and upgraded homes and other buildings.

The standards, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, focus on three key areas: updating residential requirements to move closer to California's zero net energy goals, updating nonresidential and high-rise residential requirements, and improving the clarity and consistency of existing regulations. 

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