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CA Utility Proposal Would Raise Grow Lighting Efficiency Requirements For 2025 Title 24

The current California energy code (Title 24 Nonresidential) requires luminaires or lamps that are used for plant growth to have a photosynthetic photon efficacy (PPE) of at least 1.9 micromoles per joule (µmol/J) for indoor grow facilities with more than 40 kW of horticultural lighting load. Luminaires or lamps used for plant growth in greenhouses [...]

Controls, Legislation + Regulation

Reese’s Law Impacts Lighting & Ceiling Fan Handheld Remotes

  On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed Reese’s Law (P.L. 117-171), which aims to protect children 6 years and younger from accidentally swallowing button cell and coin batteries. Reese’s law requires the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to promulgate a safety standard for these batteries and consumer products containing these batteries. This law raises [...]

Legislation + Regulation

US DOE Proposes New Ceiling Fan Efficiency Standards

  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and an announcement of a public meeting about DOE’s proposed new and amended standards for ceiling fans. Some important things to note: Standard and hugger ceiling fans with representative values of blade span >53” will likely have [...]

Construction + Economy, Legislation + Regulation

Electrification Impacts On Lighting, Part 1: Building & Energy Codes

  At LightFair, last week, I was part of a panel presenting the impacts of electrification on the lighting industry. I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Chris Brown and Peter Brown, two prominent thought leaders in the lighting industry. I’m going to share some of the key impacts on lighting in a series of [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Hawaii And Colorado Are About To Ban Fluorescent Lamps

Two more states are joining Vermont and California in banning fluorescent lamps. Hawaii’s legislature passed HB 192 / SB 690, and sent it to the Governor’s desk for signing, which is expected. The bill, once signed, will phase out mercury-containing lamps, such as fluorescent lamps. Colorado’s House Bill 23-1161, called Environmental Standards For Appliances, passed [...]

Dark Sky, Legislation + Regulation

Bill Aims To Reduce 230,000 Bird Deaths Annually From NYC Building Collisions

  A new “Lights-Out” bill has been proposed in NYC’s City Council to reduce migratory bird deaths. The bill would require many privately-owned commercial buildings to reduce light at night. NYC Audubon estimates that 230,000 birds die annually in collisions with windows and brightly lit facades. The bill wouldn’t apply when people are in buildings, [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Light + Health

Mexico Ends Summer Time Changes

In October 2022, the Mexican government passed a law ending seasonal clock changes that the Mexicans call “Summer Time” and the U.S. calls “Daylight Savings Time.” This March, most of Mexico did not ‘Spring forward,’ and are now in a permanent Standard Time. Similar legislation has been passed by the U.S. Senate, but has not [...]

Agriculture, Legislation + Regulation

California Title 24 Regulation Of Grow Lights

California’s energy code, Title 24 2022, became effective January 1st, 2023. In it were new code requirements for indoor horticulture spaces, including grow light requirements. This was in part motivated by a large surge in energy use after the 2018 legalization of recreational cannabis in the State. Urban indoor grow facilities took off and energy [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

China Tariff Exclusion For Passive Infrared Sensor Luminaires

The American Lighting Association (ALA) has shared information about a China tariff exclusion that has been reinstated by the Biden Administration. This exclusion for passive infrared (PIR) sensor luminaires could reduce tariffs on certain fixtures depending on the light source (socketed vs. integrated). As part of the Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from China, [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Ontario Canada Mandates Lamp Recycling Requirements For Manufacturers

  Effective January 1, 2023, lamp/bulb manufacturers have new “extended producer responsibility” requirements in Ontario, Canada, for end-of-life management of “lighting” under Ontario Regulation 522/20: Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the “EEE Regulation”). This includes both residential and commercial lamps sold in Ontario. Product Care Recycling is a not-for-profit organization registered as a “Producer Responsibility Organization” [...]


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