California first US state to adopt LED lighting efficiency guidelines that can save consumers $4 billion

5 February 2016

NEW YORK: California, a member of The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance, is the first state in the US to approve LED lighting efficiency guidelines which are expected to help save consumers over US$4 billion.

The California Energy Commission approved the guidelines for minimum quality standards for energy efficient light bulbs this week. The guidelines, which cover efficiency and quality improvements for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as well as small-diameter directional lamps, are expected to help consumers save more than US$4 billion in reduced electricity costs over the first 13 years of use after the standards kick in on January 1, 2018.

LED lighting bulbs are efficient because they can reduce energy consumption by 40-70% compared to traditional lighting technologies. For home application of the guidelines, the Energy Commission estimates consumers will save nearly US$250 in lower energy bills and bulb replacement costs for a US$4 initial investment when averaged over 11 years. 

Ben Ferrari, Director of Partnership of The Climate Group, comments on the news: “This is an important milestone and a very exciting addition to the energy efficient lighting narrative. By setting up clear directives on high quality, high efficiency LED products, the State of California sets itself at the forefront of the clean Lighting revolution.

“In the post COP21 landscape, we believe energy efficient lighting is a technology that can be implemented quickly by cities and others around the world. And once implemented, this technology delivers immediate energy savings and contributes to carbon emission reduction targets.”

Over the past two years, the Climate Group has been running a Global Consultation in partnership with Philips lighting with the aim of identifying and addressing key remaining regional barriers to wide-scale adoption of LED lighting around the world.

The lack of clear guidelines on minimum performance standards for LED light bulbs and luminaires was identified as a key barrier for large scale roll-out of LEDs around the world during our consultations.

Part of the problem is because without setting minimum specifications for LED products, many low quality LED bulbs have entered the market in the past, creating misconceptions over real performance for LEDs.

The Climate Group is also promoting LED lighting as part of our ongoing partnership with the Global Lighting Challenge, an initiative promoted by the Clean Energy Ministerial initiative to deploy 10 billion high-efficient, high-quality LED bulbs around the world.

As a member of The Climate Group States and Regions Alliance, California is part of a leadership group of 35 states and regions committed to work together on climate action. California has been instrumental in driving the Under 2 MOU – a global initiative that has encouraged 127 governments to commit to long-term decarbonization.

California has already pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emission by 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Progress against these commitments is reported through the Compact of States and Regions.

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This post is part of the LED=Lower Emission Delivered Campaign

By Arianna Tozzi

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