Property owners, operators, and managers need to be aware of and comply with brand new energy efficiency requirements that directly affect the lighting equipment they are using in their facilities, specifically for dimming ballasts.
- The new ruling only applies to products manufactured after July 1, 2016; therefore, all products manufactured prior to July 1, 2016 may still be sold into California and/or for intended end use in California.
- CCR Title 20 includes new “Weighted Ballast Luminous Efficiency(BLEw)” requirements for dimming ballasts.
- In addition, the CEC has set a maximum standby power limitation for dimming ballasts.
- As a result of this new regulation, several models of fluorescent dimming ballasts manufactured by leading companies will no longer be compliant nor offered for sale in California, resulting in minimal to non-existent supply of dimming ballasts.
Until now retrofitting an existing fluorescent light might cost about $100 plus controls whereas a new LED light would cost between $350 to $450 per light plus controls. Landlords who were trying to keep costs down with a retrofit (delaying the inevitable installation of LED lights) will now have to get to it sooner than later.
For more information or assistance with LED retrofitting or construction management needs please contact Michael Valentine, Executive Vice President, Construction Management at firstname.lastname@example.org