March 11, 2016

Since CEE launched the revised Residential Lighting Initiative in 2015, performance of lamps for sale has steadily increased. The CEE Initiative builds on the robust ENERGY STAR® requirements for lamp efficacy and quality by providing CEE members with tools to identify the highest performing ENERGY STAR lamps. The technology neutral specification gives manufacturers the ability to promote innovative, differentiated products, and supports all parties in their efforts to pursue the mass market replacement lamp opportunity.

Through a tiered approach, the integral replacement lamp specification is constructed to meet a variety of member goals and support different approaches to achieving energy savings. This includes maximizing participation rates with slightly reduced per unit savings at lower tiers to incentivizing only the highest performing products to support market transformation. Maintaining a positive consumer experience is of primary importance across all tiers.

With products pouring into the market, ENERGY STAR has played an important role in identifying quality lamps. The efficiency community also recognizes that manufacturers are making significant strides at improving lamp performance, and providing product at reasonable price points. The Consortium is now revising its integral replacement lamp specification to continue to recognize the highest performing ENERGY STAR lamps and to leverage the tremendous mass market momentum.

The current revision is led by the CEE Residential and Commercial Lighting Committees, which are seeking particular performance characteristics of energy efficient lamps to meet consumer expectations. Given the wide variety in performance of high efficiency lamps in the market, CEE tiers enable programs to consistently and effectively distinguish among them. In particular, CEE Tier 3 is designed to be aspirational and serve as a target to drive future product performance. If you are a CEE member not currently participating in the Initiative, find out more.

About CEE
CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets. By joining forces at CEE, individual electric and gas efficiency programs are able to partner not only with each other, but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. Working together, administrators leverage the effect of their ratepayer funding, exchange information on successful practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.