New York Times Green Inc. column– Changing efficiency standards for light bulbs in Europe and elsewhere raise questions about the quality of CFLs and other alternatives to incandescents. Commentary from CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch sheds light on the manufacturing and market launch of CFLs.
Codes & Standards
CLTC communicates and collaborates with the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide objective information and expert analysis that may inform the Commission’s lighting-related energy policies, programs and mandates. CLTC supports the CPUC’s Energy Division in its lighting-related goals, initiatives and activities, including the Lighting Action Plan, a near-term implementation guide for achieving the goals stated in the Lighting Chapter of California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
UC Davis – UC Davis' "smart" outdoor lighting network incorporates state-of-the-art technologies developed through CLTC.
PG&E—LED retail lighting showcase allows boutique owners to see, firsthand, how LED lamps perform in a realistic store setting.
CPUC – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a plan to transform the lighting market and achieve a 60-80 percent reduction in statewide electrical lighting energy consumption. This plan will be a new chapter of the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
California Energy Commission – A new federal law will start saving consumers money by improving the energy efficiency standard for incandescent light bulbs sold in California on or after January 1, 2011.
UC Davis – Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center, has been named the first Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Davis. The designation honors both Siminovitch, a professor of design whose work is revolutionizing lighting throughout California, and Rosenfeld, considered the “father of energy efficiency.”
UC Davis – It is not enough to be energy efficient; LED lighting also must be consistently high quality and reliable to win over consumers. Now, the CLTC is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program to create similar criteria for LEDs on a national scale.
Best practices and lighting designs to help builders comply with California’s 2008 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
NOTE: California's 2013 Title 24, Part 6 standards took effect July 1, 2014.
View CLTC's 2013 Title 24, Part 6 Residential Lighting Guide.
Lighting accounts for approximately 25 percent of California’s energy use, making energy-efficient lighting technologies a vital part of the state’s strategy for meeting its legislated climate goals. The Lighting Action Plan details the lighting portion of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, a comprehensive roadmap outlining solutions for reducing California’s energy consumption.