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California: Title 24, JA8, Title 20

California is a progressive state on Environmental issues and consumes a lot of energy therefore California often implements more stringent quality specification codes on LED lighting products sold or installed in their state.

Title 24

The California Energy Commission (CEC) releases specific code requirements for new construction and major renovation of existing buildings in California. LED product requirements are unique for different applications, building use types, etc. but focus on efficacy, color rendering, and product longevity. Full details are outlined in the current CA 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Title 24 compliance is contingent on many variables of a proposed project in addition to product performance, but GREEN CREATIVE can help!

Title 20

TITLE 20 is a set of energy efficiency regulations established by the California Energy Commission that governs various products and appliances.

Two main categories are impacted. State-Regulated LED Lamps and State-Regulated Small Diameter Directional Lamps. Download our TITLE 20 sheet for a complete overview of approved TITLE 20 products.

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SLEDs are categorized as:

  • Having an E12, E17, E26, or GU-24 base
  • Producing between 200 and 2,600 lumens (products with candelabra bases produce 150+ lumens)
  • Having a CCT between 2200K and 7000K and Duv between -0.012 and 0.012
  • Retrofit kits with E12, E17, E26, or GU24 bases

SDDLs are categorized as:

  • Having an E26 base or being pin-based and compliant with ANSI ANSLG C81.61-2009 (R2014)
  • Having a diameter of less than 2.25”
  • Producing less than 850 lumens with a wattage equivalency of less than a 75w incandescent lamp

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The  CEC’s new Building Energy Efficiency Standards took effect on January 1, 2017. The new standards focus on several key areas to improve the energy efficiency of new residential homes, including requiring all newly constructed single-family homes, townhouses and dwelling units of new multifamily buildings to use high efficacy lighting. To qualify as “high efficacy,” light sources must meet the requirements laid out in the recently updated Joint Appendix Section 8 (JA8). JA8 regulations focus on performance and lighting quality to increase consumer adoption of high efficacy lighting as well as provide the consumers/end users with a broader choice of lighting solutions.

Lighting that does not automatically qualify as high efficacy must be certified with the CEC as compliant with JA8. To qualify, products must meet specific efficacy, power factor, CCT, CRI, lifetime, dimming and flicker requirements.

Products that must meet JA8 requirements include:

Ceiling recessed downlight luminaires
Light sources in enclosed luminaires
LED luminaires with integral sources
Screw based LED lamps
Pin based LED lamps
GU-24 based LED light sources

Recessed downlight luminaires and enclosed luminaires must contain a JA8-compliant light source and meet the elevated temperature requirements. Light sources which automatically qualify as high efficacy must still meet JA8 requirements if installed in a ceiling recessed downlight or enclosed luminaire.

To obtain JA8 certification, manufacturers must test their products at an accredited test laboratory and submit the results to the CEC. The Appliance Efficiency Database database containing JA8-compliant products may be found here.

All JA8-compliant lamps must appear in the CEC database and be marked as either JA8-2016 or JA8-2016-E if suitable for use in enclosed luminaires at elevated temperatures. Only “JA8-2016-E” lamps may be used in enclosed and recessed luminaires.

GREEN CREATIVE US headquarters are in California and we are proud to support these efforts in our home state, look for these logos on our product detail pages, specification sheets, and on many of our product packages themselves.

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