March 17, 2015

The CEE Commercial Lighting Initiative has enjoyed a very high level of participation—75 percent of member electric programs—along with recognition by the lighting supply chain. Month over month, the commercial lighting specification is the most downloaded document on the CEE website. Specific audiences include members, lighting manufacturers, and NEMA, and the stakeholders responsible for implementing projects: distributors and contractors.

So why change a good thing? CEE propels market transformation, and there's always room to expand the market for efficiency. The revised CEE Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative responds to rapidly changing technology and pressure for higher savings within the market opportunity context. It makes it easier for administrators to pursue energy savings from the maintenance and replacement market by simplifying existing specifications for T8 products into one replacement lamp specification. Through tiers of increasing efficacy, the initiative encourages brighter, longer lived, more efficient T8s. Because criteria are listed in a technology neutral specification, LED options compete with fluorescent in this product category.

Linear fluorescent lighting predominates in commercial buildings, comprising 80 percent of sockets in 2010.1 Despite the success of T8 programs over CEE Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative features a tiered specification and a focus on future lighting systems.the past decade, 100 million T12s were sold in the United States last year. The full Initiative update responds to changing market conditions and program baselines to ground CEE market strategy within a framework that looks at commercial lighting program design at the portfolio level, from programs that target savings from one-for-one lamp replacements to those that target deeper savings during full lighting system design, such as in the case of new construction or major renovation.

Initiative Participation

Members participate in this initiative by promoting the CEE specification for T8 replacement lamps, ideally in a way that targets increasing stocking and sales of energy efficient equipment in replacement situations. Information about member programs is detailed in an annual program summary. In addition to providing manufacturers with a perspective on how programs promote product, the program summary supports the Initiative. For example, it provides members with data to understand the phaseout timing for tier 0 and tracks member progress toward lighting systems programs.

1Ashe, Mary; Chwastyk, Dan; de Monasterio, Caroline; Gupta, Mahima; Pegors, Mika, 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization, US Department of Energy,, accessed 3/5/2015.

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.