Lighting Initiative


Through this Initiative CEE members identify and support the significant energy savings made possible by efficient lighting products and approaches. Long term, the Consortium is working to enhance consumer awareness of the value and benefits of energy efficient lighting and design. We encourage the development and promotion of energy efficient lighting products and services in the manufacturing and retail spheres, as well as the adoption of efficient lighting and design standards in new construction and retrofit applications. Ultimately, CEE aims to meet and exceed consumer expectations for quality and performance, while ensuring positive experiences with ENERGY STAR® qualified products.


The Board launched a revision of the Residential Lighting Initiative in 2015 to address the rapid proliferation of technologies and products with a tiered, technology-neutral specification for replacement lamps sold at retail. The CEE specification allows members to effectively differentiate among ENERGY STAR products and achieve the higher savings targets now demanded of residential lighting programs.

“The Residential Lighting Initiative is actively supporting the increased market uptake of energy efficient lighting by looking beyond efficiency and focusing on a positive consumer experience. This focus on quality and performance can be seen through significant member involvement in the development and promotion of ENERGY STAR lighting specifications, as well as the recent launch of the CEE specification for integral replacement lamps sold at retail.”Rachel Huang, SMUD
As the year progressed, the Consortium monitored the residential lighting market, identified the need to revise the integral lamp specification, and shared proposed revisions with industry stakeholders. In addition, CEE actively engaged in the ENERGY STAR specification revision process for lighting products, capturing member positions through four comment letters to US EPA on lamps and luminaires. Members facilitated program discussion on the lighting market, encouraging the sharing of approaches to combat the retail proliferation of low-priced, LED lamps that are unqualified for ENERGY STAR.

The annual Lighting for Tomorrow design competition spurs the development of well designed, high quality, efficient lighting products. It is conducted in coordination with the American Lighting Association and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The competition website entices customers as well as the distribution chain and manufacturers.

A Word about Connected

CEE convened representatives from the lighting industry to identify the opportunities associated with connected lighting products, including energy efficiency potential and required standards. CEE encouraged participation in the development of a new ANSI standards committee to work in partnership with NEMA lighting manufacturers. The  ANSI standards committee seeks to advance standards for lighting systems, including connected lighting.

CEE also supported and provided input on US EPA efforts to incorporate and develop requirements for connected lamps and luminaires within the ENERGY STAR lighting specifications.

The transition from less efficient lighting technologies—halogen and incandescent—to more efficient technologies—CFL and LED—is well under way. The integral replacement lamps sold at retail represented here are all screw in lamps common in residential applications: directional, omnidirectional, and decorative. This chart shows the overall rate at which ENERGY STAR qualified lamps are increasing market share, as well as the rate at which lamps at all CEE tier levels are growing.

Data Source:
CEE data collected on a monthly basis from the ENERGY STAR Product Finder for Light Bulbs.

How to Participate

Requirements for Initiative members include:

  • incorporation of an ENERGY STAR or CEE performance specification in an education or incentive program
  • use of the overarching initiative approach in the organization’s lighting program design or efforts

In addition, CEE encourages participants to support individual product strategies.



Alliant Energy


Arizona Public Service

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

Cape Light Compact

City of Palo Alto Utilities

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consolidated Edison Company

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Duke Energy

Duke Energy Progress

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Georgia Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program


Idaho Power

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Montana-Dakota Utilities

National Grid

New Hampshire Electric Co-Op

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company



Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PPL Electric Utilities

PSEG Long Island

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Company


Seattle City Light

Silicon Valley Power (NCPA)

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

Truckee Donner PUD (NCPA)

United Illuminating Company


Xcel Energy