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 utility incentive programs and rebates.
The specification marks a step forward in energy policy by incorporating quality factors related to end-user satisfaction into standards for efficiency. The decision recognizes the importance of consumer satisfaction in effecting long-term market transformation, sets a national precedent for excellence, and capitalizes on the power of utility programs to achieve California’s energy efficiency goals.
CLTC's directors have urged the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program to adopt a similar quality specification for LED replacement lamps. As ENERGY STAR prepares to update its specification, a number of lighting industry leaders and energy efficiency advocates have also submitted formal comments calling for quality metrics.