What is the Interior Lighting Campaign?

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The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions. The initial campaign focus is on troffer lighting, with a goal to document upgrading of 1 million troffers to high-efficiency troffer systems by April 2017.

Projects completed through April 2017 are eligible for awards recognition in spring of 2017. Campaign organizers, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) serve on the ILC Organizing Committee.

  • By adopting more efficient troffer lighting, such as systems that meet the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA) specification for troffers, building owners can save up to 60% on a one-for-one basis, and up to 75% with the use of controls.
  • Resources available from the ILC include specifications, case studies, utility incentive lists, and educational webinars to help building owners make sound lighting decisions.
  • Limited technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy is available to site owners and managers who sign up.
  • Sites that join the ILC will be recognized on the ILC web site, and those that show exemplary performance will be eligible for awards.
  • Organizations that don't directly own or operate facilities but support the goals of the ILC can join as Supporters, and receive recognition for their involvement.

How do I get involved in the ILC?

Join the ILC as either a Participant (e.g., site owner, manager, or operator) or a Supporter (e.g., utility, energy efficiency organization, ESCO, lighting designer/engineer, lighting manufacturer or distributor or other organization that supports the ILC goals).

Requirements of equipment in ILC

Newly installed lighting equipment eligible for use in the Interior Lighting Campaign can be either fluorescent or LED. The overall luminaire efficacy (also known as fixture efficacy or luminaire efficacy rating) must be at least 85 lm/W. This means the total amount of light emitted by the fixture with the new light source(s) divided by the total input power must be at least 85 lm/W. Troffers that meet either the Better Buildings Alliance Troffer specification or the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Troffer specification meet the 85 lm/W requirement. Although the BBA specification and the DLC specification include color and warranty specifics, ILC defers to each individual site to make the necessary decisions related to color qualities, lumen output of the troffer, and specific warranty between that manufacturer and the site.

Related Efforts

Through the Better Buildings Alliance, members in different market sectors work with the U.S. Department of Energy's exceptional network of research and technical experts to develop and deploy innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving solutions that lead to better technologies, more profitable businesses, and better buildings in which we work, shop, eat, stay, and learn. Visit the Better Buildings Alliance Lighting and Electrical Technology Solutions Team web site to learn more.

If you are also interested in high efficiency exterior lighting, visit the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

Read more about saving energy with advanced lighting, and explore the innovative solutions being shared by Better Buildings partners in the Better Buildings Solution Center.