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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arizona Public Service
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Bonneville Power Administration
Cape Light Compact
Commonwealth Edison Company
Consolidated Edison Company
DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Energy Trust of Oregon
Focus on Energy—Wisconsin
Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program
Los Angeles Department of Water and 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)
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
United Illuminating Company