Information and Resources for Federal Users

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Federal sites are encouraged by the
Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
to participate in the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC)

Benefits of Joining the ILC:

  • Save Money: Significantly reduce your site’s energy and maintenance costs. For example, high efficiency troffer lighting technology with controls can cut lighting energy bills by 75% while delivering additional benefits including long life, reduced maintenance costs, and improved lighting uniformity.
  • Meet Federal Guidelines: Help ensure that you are meeting federal requirements for energy efficiency.
  • Receive Technical Assistance: Lighting engineers are available to provide technical assistance to help ensure that your site is designed in a manner to take full advantage of new high efficiency lighting and controls systems.
  • Get Recognized: In addition to saving money and energy, ILC participants will be acknowledged on the campaign website and are eligible to receive recognition for exemplary energy efficient lighting performance.


Federal Sites Currently Participating in the ILC:

  Argonne National Laboratory   U.S. Army Reserve- 63d Regional Support Command
  Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory   U.S. Army Reserve- 81st Regional Support Command
  Oregon National Guard   U.S. Army Reserve- 88th Division (Readiness)2
  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory   U.S. Army Reserve- 99th Regional Support Command1
  U.S. Air Force - 412th Civil Engineer Group   U.S. Army Reserve- 9th Mission Support Command1
  U.S. Air Force   U.S. Department of Energy
  U.S. Air Force - Kadena Air Force Base3   U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Perry Point VA Medical Center
  U.S. Air Force- Nellis Air Force Base3   U.S. General Services Administration1,3
  U.S. Air Force - Vandenberg Air Force Base   U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command 05Z32

What is required?  Participating agencies or facility managers agree to evaluate their portfolio and identify potential sites that can apply high-efficiency lighting technology. No formal commitment is required.

Who is eligible?  Federal facility managers with new construction projects and sites retrofitted since May 2013, or sites planned for completion by April 2018, are encouraged to join the ILC and be recognized on the web site.

Federal Resources

Federal Purchasing Requirements – Federal laws and requirements mandate that agencies purchase ENERGY STAR-qualified or FEMP-designated products in all product categories covered by these programs and in any acquisition actions that are not specifically exempted by law. FEMP provides acquisition guidance for commercial and industrial light emitting diode (LED) luminaires and fluorescent luminaires, product categories covered by FEMP-designated efficiency requirements. 

  • LED Luminaire Product Efficiency Requirements – FEMP acquisition guidance for commercial and industrial LED luminaires. Federal purchases must meet or exceed the minimum efficiency requirements in Table 1.
  • Find qualifying products: To find products that meet minimum federal efficiency requirements, visit the FEMP page of LED Lighting Facts.
Table 1. Efficiency Requirements for Commercial and Industrial LED Luminaires
Luminaire Type Light Output Luminaire Efficacy (LE)
Commercial: Linear Ambienta ≥375 lm/ft ≥119 lm/W
Commercial: 1-Foot by 4-Foot Troffers ≥1,500 lm ≥119 lm/W
Commercial: 2-Foot by 2-Foot Troffers ≥2,000 lm ≥111 lm/W
Commercial: 2-Foot by 4-Foot Troffers ≥3,000 lm ≥115 lm/W
Industrial: Low Bay ≥5,000 to <10,000 lm ≥109 lm/W
Industrial: High Bay ≥10,000 lm ≥128 lm/W

aIncludes luminaires with both direct and indirect lighting components.

Federal Design and Procurement Resources

Reports, Fact Sheets, and Guides

  • UFC 3-530-01 Highlights: This fact sheet focuses on the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-530-01, Interior and Exterior Lighting Systems and Controls, for most lighting applications at U.S. Department of Defense facilities. June 2018
  • Cyber Security for Lighting Systems: This fact sheet focuses on the cyber threats unique to lighting control systems in buildings, and helps facility managers identify the types of lighting control systems that may introduce cyber security risks. May 2018
  • U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters Lighting Retrofit: The James Forrestal Building in Washington D.C. serves as headquarters for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This fact sheet describes the recently implemented lighting upgrade project that results in cutting lighting energy use by about 50% and expected to save 2.4 million kWh annually, amounting to nearly $258,000 in annual energy cost savings. February 2018
  • Forrestal Tubular LED Demonstration Project: Lessons Learned; This document provides lessons learned from the relighting project at the James V. Forrestal Building.  Project consisted of replacing the existing fluorescent lamps with tubular LEDs (TLEDs). June 2017
  • LED Retrofit Kits, TLEDs, and Lighting Controls: An Application Guide: This document provides guidance for retrofitting existing fluorescent troffers including the LED and associated control options available, the pro/cons and costs/benefits of each option, and agency specific requirements (where applicable). March 2017
  • Upgrading Troffer Luminaires to LED – Provides guidance on various factors to consider when deciding on an LED upgrade for a fluorescent troffer system. January 2017
  • Wireless Occupancy Sensors for Lighting Controls: An Applications Guide for Federal Facility Managers – An overview of the energy savings potential of wireless lighting occupancy sensors. March 2016
  • Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings and Performance from Advanced Lighting Controls Report: A framework for measurement and verification of energy savings, performance, and user satisfaction from lighting retrofit projects involving occupancy-sensor-based, daylighting, and/or other types of automatic lighting. February 2016
  • GSA's Retrofit Demonstration of LED Fixtures with Integrated Sensors and Controls: This study characterizes the technical performance of the LED fixtures with integrated sensors and controls based on measurements and data collected at the demonstration locations. March 2015
  • LED & Conventional Lighting Systems Comparison Study: This study compares LED lighting to conventional fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting within the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs healthcare environment. May 2014
  • Green Proving Ground (GPG) Lighting Studies: Upgrading lighting systems with efficient light sources, fixtures, and controls can reduce lighting energy use, improve the visual environment, and affect the sizing of HVAC and electrical systems. The GPG program is investigating the effectiveness of these technologies.  

ILC Exemplary Federal Government Sector Sites

Webinars and Training

12016 Interior Lighting Campaign Exemplary Performance Recognition
22017 Interior Lighting Campaign Exemplary Performance Recognition
32018 Interior Lighting Campaign Exemplary Performance Recognition