Educational Video: 2019 Lighting Controls Technologies & Requirements

Publication Date: 
11/30/2020

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California Davis collaborated with Southern California Edison, RMS Energy Consulting, LLC and the California Energy Commission to provide this educational video in support of the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24).  California’s new Building Energy Efficiency Standards took effect on January 1, 2020.

Lighting controls and equipment installed in California nonresidential buildings must comply with the applicable requirements in the 2019 Energy Code.  Requirements apply to nonresidential, high rise residential, hotel and motel buildings.  This video discusses these general compliance requirements for lighting control devices and systems.


Manual area controls form the primary lighting control layer in any building. These controls can be an ON/OFF toggle switch, a slide dimmer with full off functionality, or a bank of area control buttons that control multiple zones of lighting in a space. This video discusses specific requirements for indoor manual area controls including where and when they are needed, and the forms needed to document compliance with the 2019 Energy Code.