GREEN CREATIVE CEC SPEC

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC) new regulations in the 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 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. See table below:

tabels finally-01Products 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 currently offers a full lineup of JA8-compliant products for the following lines: BR, MR,  DOWNLIGHT (Surface & Residential) & A-TYPE.

References:
Source: California Energy Commission (CEC)
Title: 2016 REFERENCE APPENDICES FOR THE 2016 BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
Link: http://www.energy.ca.gov/2015publications/CEC-400-2015-038/CEC-400-2015-038-CMF.pdf

Source: California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)
Title: HIGH EFFICACY LIGHTING FOR RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS
Link: http://cltc.ucdavis.edu/sites/default/files/files/publication/High%20Efficacy%20Lighting.pdf

Source: [VIDEO] California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)
Title: High-Efficacy Lighting For Residential Applications – Module 2: High-Efficacy Luminaires
Link: https://vimeo.com/227294063

Source: Energy Code Ace Resources
Title: Fact Sheet – High Efficacy Lighting for Manufacturers
Link: http://energycodeace.com/download/15471/file_path/fieldList/FactSheet.Res-JA8.Manufacturers.2016.pdf