There are many new legislative developments making an impact on the lighting industry, and for one, I’m glad to see it. Here’s a quick summary of the biggest organizations around:
International Dark-Sky Association
One of our favorites, the International Dark-Sky Association has been lobbying for a reduction in night-time light pollution for many years now. Their work as a nonprofit organization has encouraged many municipalities to adopt dark sky ordinances, which promote the upgrade of public lighting to those with full cut-off design to prevent unnecessary light from polluting dark skies.
US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED is a multi-level points system that allows new buildings and renovation projects to achieve various green building ratings based on a stringent set of criteria. A significant portion of the points program revolves around energy efficiency, and since lighting is a big energy drain for homes and businesses, it figures large in the calculations.
Established by the government to encourage consumers and businesses to purchase more energy efficient products, ENERGY STAR also has information and certification for lighting products. Both bulbs and fixtures can qualify for their stamp of approval, guaranteeing the consumer they’re purchasing products with higher-than-average energy savings compared to conventional products.
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
Although the International Energy Conservation Code mostly addresses concerns about energy efficiency with relation to the U-factor and R-factor of windows and building envelopes, it also works to improve the energy efficiency of multi-family, commercial, and residential lighting.
California Energy Commission
If you happen to live in California, your lighting may also be affected by the California Energy Commissions which monitors energy efficiency standards affecting non-residential and residential buildings throughout the state.
These are the most relevant organizations for homeowners, although there are others that exist for the purposes of commercial lighting energy efficiency. I personally am happy to see a higher level of interest in the energy consumption of lighting and welcome these legislative improvements.