Lighting Initiative


Through this Initiative, CEE members identify and support the significant energy savings made possible by efficient lighting products and approaches. Long term, CEE is working to increase consumer understanding of the value and benefits of energy efficient lighting and design to increase demand for these products. By identifying the highest quality, most energy efficient lighting products through CEE and ENERGY STAR® specifications, offering incentives, and fostering consistent messaging, members support a positive consumer experience. They also encourage the development and promotion of best performing ENERGY STAR lighting products by manufacturers and retailers.

Despite some gaps in perceptions, consumers are more or equally likely to agree with LED statements compared to last year. In particular, the bulb physical features are gaining favor: consumers are more likely to say the color of light and the shape of the bulbs are pleasing.

Data Source:
2016 SYLVANIA Socket Survey, page 21, published March 2016, accessed February 8, 2017


Initiative members finalized a revised CEE specification for integral replacement lamps sold at retail, accompanied by a qualifying products list. This tiered specification provides members a platform to promote lamps with increasingly better efficacy and quality, including dimming to lower light levels and improved consumer experience. It also supports continued manufacturer production of a “no compromise” LED lamp.


The revised CEE Specification for Integral Replacement Lamps Sold at Retail raises the bar for key quality metrics including color, lifetime, and dimmability. The requirements shown above are specific to omnidirectional and decorative lamp categories.

Data Source:
CEE Specification for Integral Replacement Lamps Sold at Retail, accessed January 3, 2017.

CEE convened members to share local market intelligence, provide updates on successful marketing techniques and messaging, and improve program strategies based on insights from member research and pilots. Much of this information was captured in the 2016 program summary, which is intended to inform program planning and enable CEE to communicate with industry stakeholders regarding larger program trends and likely future direction.


Through Lighting for Tomorrow CEE encouraged development of efficient filament bulbs. Source: Maxlite

CEE conducted the 14th year of the 2016 Lighting for Tomorrow (LFT) design competition. The competition gives CEE the opportunity to engage the lighting industry on the product categories and features of greatest interest to the efficiency program community. The carefully crafted evaluation criteria enables the lighting industry experts identified for the judging panel to pay close attention to efficiency concerns. Because the competition is prestigious, CEE leverages the marketing capacity of the winning manufacturers to bring the message of well-designed, efficient products and controls to designers, consumers, and showrooms. The LFT competition continues to provide a means for CEE members to directly engage with lighting manufacturers and retailers and drive development of energy saving products in the lighting market.

CEE moved filament light bulbs toward greater efficiency through Lighting for Tomorrow.

Lighting for Tomorrow ushers vintage style lamps into the LED era by supporting quality and efficiency.

Data Source:
Lighting for Tomorrow competition data.

A Word about Connected

CEE convened representatives from the lighting industry to identify the opportunities for connected lighting products, including energy efficiency potential and required standards. In September, 2016, stakeholders met to identify the product performance and features consumers expect and desire from lighting products and assess the demand for connected lighting devices. Since connected features are paired exclusively with LED technology, connected lighting may prompt a consumer to purchase a more efficient light source.

CEE has identified the potential energy benefits of residential connected lighting as behavior dependent; this is hard to quantify, but connected lighting could play a role in moving consumers toward a whole connected home. In terms of key consumer considerations of connected lighting, the four highest priorities include simplicity of use, competitive pricing, data security, and ease of installation or set up.

CEE members identified and prepared for a new connected lighting category as part of the Lighting for Tomorrow design competition. Together with industry, they developed product evaluation criteria. LFT is focused on pairing efficient lighting technology with positive consumer experiences. In the past few years, there has been an influx of smart or connected lighting products entering the market and LFT program sponsors see an opportunity in ensuring that all residential products are delivering quality results.

How to Participate

Initiative members should:

  • promote the highest quality, most efficient lighting products in the market by incorporating an ENERGY STAR or a CEE performance specification in an education or incentive program
  • use consistent ENERGY STAR messaging to communicate the benefits and features of energy efficient lighting to consumers
  • provide educational resources to help consumers successfully identify the best lighting for their desired application

Ensuring that consumers have positive experiences with efficient lighting is a top priority for overcoming market barriers. This goal will be met through the promotion, sales, and installation of consistently defined, high performing and energy saving products. CEE anticipates the development of ever more efficient products that meet consumer expectations for lasting transformation.

CEE Residential Lighting Initiative market strategy is changing as the lighting market evolves and minimum standards increase.


Alabama Power

Alliant Energy

Ameren Illinois

Ameren Missouri

Arizona Public Service

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

Cape Light Compact

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Duke Energy

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Georgia Power

Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Hydro One


Idaho Power

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

MidAmerican Energy

Montana-Dakota Utilities

National Grid

NB Power

Nebraska Public Power District

New Hampshire Electric Co-Op

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Newfoundland Power

NV Energy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company



Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PSEG Long Island

Public Service Electric & Gas

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Company


Seattle City Light

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

United Illuminating Company

Vectren Corporation

Xcel Energy