Lighting Systems Initiative


The CEE Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative improves the effectiveness of the marketplace in delivering energy efficient lighting practices and products. The Initiative scope aligns program designs with both mass-market strategies that promote efficient products, such as high volume replacement lamps, and performance strategies to promote energy-saving practices in lighting systems. Systems include advanced lighting controls, connected capability, and design.

Members participating in this CEE Initiative work to:

  • define and characterize lighting opportunities, approaches, and applications with high savings potential
  • define and establish performance metrics and capabilities to support these program approaches
  • compile, vet, and share information
  • develop CEE work products that lead to expanded implementation of these defined programs and metrics


Four-foot lamps represent 35% of the total energy consumed by lighting in the US. Balancing the cost-effectiveness and technical requirements for replacing LED lamps in fluorescent troffers is not trivial. In response to member request for straightforward information, the CEE Board approved the CEE Linear Replacement Lamp Program Guidance. The Program Guidance accompanies the CEE T8 Replacement Lamp Specification and qualifying products list. It outlines scenarios and pathways for the 80 CEE members endeavoring to capture these savings.

According to DOE, energy savings from LED lighting will top 5 quads annually by 2035. Connected lighting and other control technologies, especially in the commercial sector, will be essential in achieving these savings, accounting for almost 2.3 quads of the total.

Data Source:
“Energy Savings Forecast of SSL in General Illumination,” US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, published September 2016,, Accessed February 5, 2017

Members offering LED troffer replacement lamp programs in 2016 increased 70% in 2016, while fluorescent programs show a downward trend.

Data Source:
CEE 2016 Commercial Lighting Program Summary, accessed February 5, 2017

How to Participate

As with all CEE Initiatives, participation in the Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative is voluntary. To be considered an Initiative participant, an organization must support the CEE Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative through the following activities:

  • support the vision and goals of the Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative
  • incorporate at least one of the Initiative specifications in a regional or local educational or incentive program
  • communicate the scope, duration, and key aspects of the respective regional or local programs to CEE staff when requested
  • allow the use of the organization’s name and program information for the purpose of communicating the Initiative’s achievements


Alliant Energy

Ameren Illinois

Ameren Missouri

Arizona Public Service

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

Cape Light Compact

City Utilities of Springfield—Missouri

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Duke Energy

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Hydro One


Idaho Power

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

MidAmerican Energy

National Grid

Nebraska Public Power District

New Hampshire Electric Co-Op

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

Newfoundland Power

NV Energy


Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Platte River Power Authority


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

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Tacoma Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

United Illuminating Company


Vectren Corporation

Xcel Energy