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 including luminaires and controls, as well as more advanced systems that are integrated with other building components to deliver added energy efficiency and other performance benefits.  Lighting system upgrades often represent some of the easiest, most cost-effective energy-saving opportunities available, and the ILC offers participating organizations (Participants) the resources, tools, and technical assistance to help them make sound lighting system upgrade decisions. By adopting more efficient lighting systems, ILC Participants have reduced their energy bills by an average of 50% on a one-for-one basis, and as much as 80% with the use of controls.

The ILC offers 2 ways to participate, 1) as a Participant (e.g. building owner or manager), and 2) as a Supporter, including organizations that don't directly own or operate facilities but support the goals of the ILC (e.g. supplier, manufacturer, utility, ESCO). The ILC recognizes participants through inclusion on the ILC web site, and through an annual exemplary performance recognition event for those who qualify based on data submitted to the ILC. Supporters are also listed on the web site after agreeing to support the goals of the ILC and to share information with their customers or members. 

As of August 2019, ILC Participants have logged the planned or completed upgrade or new installation of more than 3.5 million high efficiency lighting and control systems.  These installations are expected to save over $84 million annually in electricity costs through energy use savings of nearly 800 million kWh.

2019 ILC Goal
                                             ILC Goals Progression Towards 3.5 Million Luminaires

Now that LED technology is becoming the norm in lighting system upgrades, the ILC is planning to transition to a focus on high efficiency lighting and control systems that take novel approaches to 1) addressing existing barriers related to the installation and operation of high efficiency lighting and controls systems, and 2) integration of lighting systems to other building systems (e.g. HVAC, plug load) for added efficiency and performance. See the What’s New for more information.

How do I get involved in the ILC?

  • Join the ILC as a Participant (e.g., site owner, manager, or operator) and make a pledge to review your current lighting portfolio and identify opportunities to upgrade to high-efficiency lighting and control systems and/or to lighting systems that are integrated with other building components.
  • Join the ILC as a Supporter (e.g., utility, energy efficiency organization, ESCO, lighting designer/engineer, lighting manufacturer or distributor) and commit to promoting the Campaign to your customers or members, and communicate the benefits of joining the Campaign.

Equipment Requirements

The overall luminaire efficacy must be at least 105 lm/W and include some form of advanced control or integration with another buildings system to qualify for the ILC.

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.

Additional Campaign Efforts:

Advanced Rooftop Campaign (ARC) – Encourages replacement of old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit RTUs with advanced controls to save money, improve energy efficiency, and improve comfort.
Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign – Encourages the use of a wide variety of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run.

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.