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)**|
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||U.S. Army Reserve- 99th Regional Support Command*|
|U.S. Air Force - 412th Civil Engineer Group||U.S. Army Reserve- 9th Mission Support Command*|
|U.S. Air Force||U.S. Department of Energy|
|U.S. Air Force - Kadena Air Base||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Perry Point VA Medical Center|
|U.S. Air Force- Nellis Air Force Base||U.S. General Services Administration*|
|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 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
- United Facilities Criteria (UFC) – Interior and Exterior Lighting Sytems and Controls (Change 3, 01 June 2016)
- GSA PBS-P100 - Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service – Performance based standards and prescriptive requirements to be used in the programming, design, and documentation of GSA buildings. April 2017
- Better Buildings Alliance High Efficiency Troffer Performance Specification – Requirements that will result in energy saving for troffers, reliable performance, and energy cost savings. January 2017
- Utility Energy Service Contracts for Federal Agencies
- Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Agencies
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
- U.S. Army Reserve 88th Readiness Division Finds Big Savings: This case study describes how the U.S. Army Reserve 88th Readiness Division is saving nearly 250,000 kWh annually at two sites by upgrading thier troffer lighting. The COL P. Schulstad U.S. Army Reserve Center reduced energy costs by 72% and the 1LT Robert L. Poxon U.S. Army Reserve Center reduced energy costs by 63%. February 2018
- U.S. General Services Administration's Byron G. Rogers Federal Building: This case study describes how the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building replaced T12 and T8 luminaires with LED dedicated troffers with advanced controls. Lighting energy use was cut by nearly 60%. January 2017
- U.S. General Services Administration's New Carrollton Federal Building: This case study showcases the New Carrollton Federal Building upgrade from fluorescent lighting to new LED troffer lighting (with controls system) that results in an 82% reduction in energy use. January 2017
- Net Zero Pilot Program Lights the Path to Big Savings in Guam: This case study describes the Army Reserve's 9th Mission Support Commands (MSC) efforts to implement a lighting retrofit program in the 9th MSC's Reserve Center in Guam. The 9th MSC cut energy use by 62% for a total savings of 125,000 kWh. November 2016
- 99th Regional Support Command Uses LED Lighting to Capture Significant Savings: This case study showcases the troffer lighting upgrade at the Technical Sergeant Vernon McGarity Army Reserve Center in Coraopolis, PA that achieved 51% energy savings, or 184,000 kWh annually. The 99th Regional Support Command was recognized in the 2016 Interior Lighting Campaign. November 2016
Webinars and Training
- Getting the most out of the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) – A guide for manufacturers and distributors. January 2016
- Higher Learning on Interior Lighting. December 2015
- Save Energy and Money in Troffer Lighting: Join the Interior Lighting Campaign Now. June 2015
- New Certificate Series: Advanced Lighting Systems. March 2017
*2016 Interior Lighting Campaign Exemplary Performance Recognition
**2017 Interior Lighting Campaign Exemplary Performance Recognition