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LED lighting guide: How 2016 Energy Code impacts commercial LED lighting

LED lighting guide: How 2016 Energy Code impacts commercial LED lighting

By BizLED Bureau

Feb 9, 2016:  Commercial and domestic lighting consumers have heralded the LED era as this directly leads to energy saving and cost effectiveness. However, the most critical question is, whether commercial building owners and tenants are adhering to the new 2016 regulatory impact of mandatory lighting efficiency upgrades all states including Washington, D.C.

LED lighting guide: How 2016 Energy Code impacts commercial LED lighting

The official statement for regulations was made in March of 2015, but a burden on costs have started to show signs this year. The previous standard was ASHRAE 90.1 2004 (BCAP 2015a) and new codes are equal or better than the previous one, with its wide application on  American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Under the current scenario, lights need to be changes because commercial illumination is over 20 percent of any given building’s electricity costs.  Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology is more economically viable than creating renewable power sources through Solar or Wind production for energy reduction.

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States following the code

US is the major benefactor of these energy standards with majority of the states following the code. In last 10 years, only 11 states have lagged behind the rest regarding statewide energy codes namely Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Maine. These states are still using 2006 IECC codes while other states adopted 2009 and 2012 standards – International Energy Conservation Code.

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Tips for commercial/domestic user

If changing a certain section requires 10 percent of the lighting change, then you need to revamp the total lighting as this certainly comes under the new energy standards and procedures followed globally. You should carefully consider more energy efficient fixtures to meet the new watts-per-square-foot requirements. Your options include LED tubes and fixtures, T5 fluorescent and potentially T8F25 with Energy Star ballasts fixtures. With a sudden rise in LED tubes usage across the globe, prices have come down and the switch is less painful than it was earlier. All spaces within 15 feet of windows must be equipped with daylight sensors with dimming or multi-level controls. Except for spaces with only one fixture, multi-level switching and occupancy sensors are now required in all areas.  You also need to have the occupancy sensors that can be set in vacancy mode.

Smart lighting upgrades

With technology getting smart, options for lighting upgrades are getting smarter as financing options are available. Some LED manufacturers cum solutions providers will ‘lend’ you the lights after making a Lighting Service Contract. This Lighting as a Service (LaaS) meet the new code requirements and reduce your monthly operating expenses, without spending a fortune.

Tip of the day

It is advisable to work with a commercial LED lighting solutions company that knows the new codes in your market. This will save you from spending money twice as there are more chances of reinstalling everything if you work with an amateur.

Source: LED Journal

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  1. Stanley dunderdale

    Really informative

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