August 8, 2018
New revisions to the CEESM Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative and its accompanying specification, effective August 30, 2018, move the Initiative forward to help programs capture maximum savings. Building on recent years’ dramatic successes in increased use of highly efficient replacement lamps, the Initiative has expanded its scope to help programs claim the plentiful savings that remain in commercial lighting.
Discrete Specifications Bring Savings Opportunities Into Focus
The Initiative’s first path to delivering savings is to provide clear and credible marketplace definitions for energy efficient replacement lamps operable on existing T8 ballasts. The 2018 revisions sharpen this strategy’s focus by creating separate specifications for T8 fluorescent replacement lamps and tubular LEDs (TLEDs). This separation recognizes continued TLED market growth and the emergence of member programs that differentiate by technology. Through the use of separate specifications, the Initiative can support the 32 CEE member programs currently referencing the CEE specification as the qualifying basis for their fluorescent T8 lamp measures while also defining higher levels of performance for TLEDs. The new Tier 1 for TLEDs requires luminous efficacy 10 percent higher than the previous multitechnology Tier 1, while the new TLED Tier 2 highlights lamps with even higher efficacy and increased beam width to help mitigate glare.
Connected Lighting and Whole Building Integration Offer Further Potential
The Initiative also helps members achieve savings by providing consensus guidance for programs and approaches that offer greater savings by going beyond lamp replacement alone. DOE projects that energy savings from LEDs will reach 5.1 quads per year by 2035, and nearly half of those projected savings are linked to connected lighting. As a next step, CEE is working toward consensus approaches to whole building integration and connected lighting, helping members maximize efficiency savings from whole building energy management systems.
The full CEESM Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative and its accompanying specification are now available. A new Qualifying Products List (QPL), listing commercially available lamps that meet the revised CEE tier specifications, will be released later this month. To learn more, or to find out how you can contribute to moving the commercial lighting market forward, contact CEE Principal Program Manager Ted Jones.