News: New Lighting Standards Proposed by California Energy Commission

In response to the state’s continued efforts to improve energy efficiency, the California Energy Commission lately released  a final staff report proposing the first standards for small-diameter directional lamps and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

According to the report, the proposal for small diameter directional lamps will cover ‘lamps of diameter 2.25 inches or less, which include some multi‐faceted reflector (MR) lamps (MR16s and MR11s) and parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) lamps (PAR16s and PAR11s). The proposal requires ‘small diameter directional lamps to have an efficacy of 80 lumens per watt or greater and a minimum
lifetime of 25,000 hours’.

For LED lamps, the scope of proposed standards ‘includes the E12, E17, E26, or GU‐24 bases, including omni‐directional,
directional, and decorative lamps. The LED lamp standard also includes LED lamps designed for retrofitting the covered socket types’. Proposed standards are expected to be implemented in two stages with Tier I standards taking effect January 1, 2017 and the proposed Tier II standards taking effect January 1, 2019. Other proposed standards also include the labeling requirements and ‘a limit to the amount of power a connected LED lamp can use in standby mode’.

Source: California Energy Commission


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