March 24, 2015

Program administrators recognize that residential lighting plays a significant role in efficiency portfolios. Based on a thorough market assessment, the CEESM Residential Lighting Initiative, launched on January 15, identifies approaches that address rising baselines, increasing savings targets, and the emergence of a wide variety of new techonologies. New lighting technologies are developing rapidly, and there are lighting products offering savings at a range of retail price points.

As a result, the central component of the revised Initiative is a tiered specification for replacement lamps sold at retail. It focuses on efficacy and quality metrics to identify the highest performing ENERGY STAR® lamps. In establishing the specification, committee members kept a focus on enabling greater energy savings and improving the consumer experience.

Manufacturer Response

CEE Residential Integral Replacement Lamp Specification. Source: iStockPhoto

Manufacturers have responded positively since the spec was launched in January. CEE is greatly encouraged by the number of manufacturers designing high performing integral replacement lamps. The February qualifying product list shows 2,413 tier 1 products, 874 tier 2 products, and 171 tier 3 products. These products represent a total of 214 brands!

Members worked together on this Initiative to find a way to meet savings goals without being tied to a particular technology. Emphasizing efficiency goals without choosing a winning technology gives both programs and manufacturers greater latitude.

CEE staff will be making the first effort to capture which CEE members are supporting the CEE integral replacement lamp specification as part of our 2015 Residential Lighting Program Summary being fielded in the spring.

Initiative Strategy

The Residential Lighting Initiative seeks to increase the development, stocking, merchandising, sales, and market demand for efficient residential lighting. One of the underlying strategies of the Initiative is to focus on high volume applications such as integral replacement lamps.

In addition to high performance specifications, the Initiative supports development of clear, consistent messaging to help consumers make sense of a complex market. This particular strategy equips market actors with the necessary information to understand the different elements and capabilities of efficient lighting, which is particularly useful for integral replacement lamps.

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.