Los Angeles-based Feit Electric has introduced an expanded line of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that specifically target the new guidelines established by the California Energy Commission that became standard in 2018.
Alan Feit, senior vice president at Feit, told Electronics360 it was important for the company to get a jump start on providing products that meet the new standards because it has several customers it does business with in California, including Home Depot, Target, Costco, Ace Hardware and more.
“In order to continue to legally supply products to our retailers and distributors who sell in California we are required to provide product that complies with the new rules,” Feit said. “We also see this as an opportunity to introduce lighting products with the highest level of light quality and energy efficacy we’ve ever brought to market.”
While California is the only state that is enacting more rigorous standards for LED lights, Feit says the state often leads the way in regulations that are then adopted by other states. California also influences the category of products that are available for utility rebates.
The California Energy Commission adopted new standards in 2016 that updated the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations for lighting products. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standards went into place for most screw-in or pin-based LED light bulbs purchased for both commercial and residential use.
The new guidelines also impact small diameter directional lamps such as MR16s used in landscape and track lighting. The CEC estimates the standards could save Californians more than $4 billion in energy costs over 13 years.
Designing the new products was a significant effort, Feit says. “The updates include revisions to the state’s product certification process, product labeling requirements and specify more rigorous efficacy, CRI, dimming, noise, and flicker requirements for each product,” Feit said. “Introducing this product line involved a coordinated effort across our company including engineering, operations, supply chain, and regulatory compliance departments.”