Home / Commercial Lighting / Why Kichler - For Pros / Regulations & Legislation Regulations & Legislation: As legislation changes and evolves, Kichler has made sure our latest lineup of products offers the features building owners are required to have. Energy Star® Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program designed to help businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Energy Star products are independently tested and certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality, including light quality or output. Lighting products covered include: - Residential light fixtures and ceiling fans with light kits- Commercial accent lights including line-voltage directional track lights- Commercial downlights: recessed, pendant, surface mount (includes retrofits & excludes troffers or linear forms)- Commercial under cabinet lighting For more information, visit www.energystar.gov. Title 24 (T24) Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are designed to reduce energy consumption by mandating that commercial building owners and homeowners use only high-efficacy lamps in both indoor and outdoor fixtures installed during new construction or remodels. The legislation has evolved recently to outline several new requirements for these fixtures, including: - Light sources must offer “low flicker operation” (an LED must flicker less than 30% at frequencies below 200 Hz).- LED lamps and luminaires must provide an R9 of at least 50.- The Color Rendering Index must be equal to or greater than 90, assuring it produces strong, vibrant reds. California is paving the way to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and many additional municipalities nationwide have adopted these regulations as well. All Kichler fixtures featuring the T24 logo meet the latest legislation requirements, including those implemented in January 2017 with JA8. For more information, visit www.energy.CA.gov/title 24 or www.title24express.com. The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) The DesignLights Consortium® is a non-profit organization that promotes quality, energy-efficient commercial-sector lighting solutions. The high-performance standards of a DLC qualified product are established in collaboration with its federal, regional, state, utility, and energy efficiency program members, manufacturers, lighting designers, and other industry stakeholders throughout the US and Canada. The goal is to identify quality products and program benefits that advance the industry-wide adoption of energy solutions throughout commercial construction. The DLC reviews - Non-residential fixtures not currently covered under the Energy Star program, such as: LED Luminaires like Outdoor Pole, Bollards, Landscape Accent and Flood, Wall Wash and garage canopies.- Commercial lighting for industry applications like: Roadway, Parking garages – primarily outdoor, high-voltage applications- 3rd party data to ensure fixtures meet stringent output, efficacy, CCT, CRI and warranty standards For more information, visit www.designlights.org. Lighting Facts Although this program will cease to exist [March 2018], it’s important to have an understanding of its purpose. LED Lighting Facts is a program formerly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that showcased the general illumination of LED products in accordance with the industry standard test method, IES LM-79-2008 (see below/next pg). The label is an indication of manufacturers who have committed to testing products and reporting performance results according to these industry standards. The LED Lighting Facts label then allows Lighting Pros to review the characteristics of an LED product using accurate and verified performance data. There are still over 70,000 products in circulation which feature a Lighting Facts label. Illuminating Engineering Society Of North America (IESNA) Lm-79-2008 IESNA developed a standardized industry test conducted on all LED light fixtures and light sources to provide universally consistent data that is translated for the benefit of end users. The test measures qualities such as lumens, energy consumed, CRI and color temperature – resulting in an IES file/report. It allows for a true comparison of energy efficiency regardless of the light source and serves as the primary source of data when creating Lighting Facts® labels. IES files are then also utilized by the designcommunity to plot accurate light distribution throughout their plans. For more information, visit www.ies.org. LEED® The LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification program from the U.S. Green Building Council has become the benchmark for architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers and government officials who want to design, construct and operate more sustainable buildings. The third-party certification process assigns LEED® points for products and processes used that promote green practices related to site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. There are a limited number of possible points available, with a tiered system that certifies buildings with a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified status based on points earned. According to leed.usgbc.org/leed, from 2015-2018 LEED-certified buildings are estimated to generate as much as $1.2 billion in energy savings and $715.3 million in maintenance. The right lighting can contribute to earning LEED points in new construction. For more information, visit www.USGBC.org/leed. ICC The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets follow the International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes that provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. For instance, when a light fixture is to be placed in a ceiling filled with insulation, it requires an insulated contact (IC) rating to assure the fixture can be covered with insulation. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org. FCC Part 15 of the FCC regulations addresses the Radio Frequency (RF) of LED lighting products to ensure that devices do not cause harmful interference to radio-communications services. In most cases, the driver paired with LED lighting devices operates at RF frequencies similar to those used in digital electronic products. LED fixtures are then subject to the “Verification” or “Certification” equipment authorization procedures. The testing limits radiated emission from 30 MHz to 1000 MHz to ensure overall compliance with radiated emissions requirements. Manufacturers are encouraged to design to these standards, as well as keep validated test reports on file. Wireless or “intentional” devises require reporting be submitted through the FCC. For more information, visit www.fcc.gov. International Dark Sky Association (IDA) IDA’s Fixture Seal of Approval program certifies outdoor lighting fixtures as being Dark Sky Friendly, meaning that they minimize glare while reducing light trespass and sky glow. Dark Sky friendly fixtures are designed to reduce light pollution by directing the light down and out, not up. To earn the seal of approval, products are required to be fully shielded and to minimize the amount of blue light in the nighttime environment. For more information, visit www.darksky.org. ADA Compliant The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal anti-discrimination statute designed to ensure equal access to opportunities and benefits for qualified individuals with disabilities. The act seeks to remove barriers to the enjoyment of programs and employment opportunities, independent living, and economical self-sufficiency enjoyed by those without disabilities. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits wall-mounted luminaires to four inches in depth when located between 27 inches and 84 inches from the finished floor level of walks, halls, corridors, passageways, or aisles. Many Kichler sconces meet this requirement at any mounting height. For more information, visit www.ada.gov.