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Background Information on
SB 5X Outdoor Lighting Standards

In response to the California energy crisis, the California Legislature passed and Governor Davis signed Senate Bill 5X (Sher, Chapter 7, 1st Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2001), part of which requires the California Energy Commission to adopt energy efficiency standards for outdoor lighting.

The Commission intends to develop and adopt lighting standards for all outdoor lighting applications, including all non-conditioned areas that are not already subject to existing California Standards. Such lighting includes but is not limited to lighting in unconditioned buildings, lighting that is mounted on the exterior of buildings, lighting that is exterior to buildings but controlled from the electrical panel of the building, and lighting that is not controlled from a building. Examples of outdoor lighting include lighting in unconditioned warehouses and other unconditioned building spaces, lighting for parking lots, signage and advertising, car lots, and service stations, street and highway lighting and other outdoor lighting systems.

The Commission has targeted July 1, 2003 for adoption of these new California Outdoor Lighting Standards. Those portions of these Standards that are adopted in Title 24 are expected to go into effect in conjunction with the 2005 California Building Code, expected to become mandatory in 2005. Between the 2003 adoption date and the 2005 effective date, the Commission anticipates that the California utilities will focus Public Goods Charge-funded programs on providing a transition process for early, voluntary compliance with the new Standards.

The Commission encourages the public and interested persons to participate in the process. For additional information please link to the following links:

For Questions About This Proceeding Contact:
Gary Flamm
Project Manager
Energy Efficiency and Demand Analysis Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-26
Sacramento, CA 95814

E-mail: GFlamm@energy.state.ca.us


Maziar Shiraka
Energy Efficiency and Demand Analysis Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-37
Sacramento, CA 95814

E-mail: Mshirakh@energy.state.ca.us

Outdoor Lighting Section of Senate Bill No. 5X, Chapter 7,

(3) Existing law requires that State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to adopt interior and exterior lighting energy conservation standards, as specified.

This bill would require the commission to adopt lighting standards for outdoor lighting, as defined, that is not subject to the above standards.

25402.5 (3) (c) The commission shall adopt efficiency standards for outdoor lighting. The standards shall be technologically feasible and cost-effective. As used in this subdivision, "outdoor lighting" refers to all electrical lighting that is not subject to standards adopted pursuant to Section 25402, and includes, but is not limited to, street lights, traffic lights, parking lot lighting, and billboard lighting. The commission shall consult with the Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to ensure that outdoor lighting standards that affect CALTRANS are compatible with the department's policies and standards for safety and illumination levels on state highways.

NOTE: A copy of the full text of SB 5X is available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document File format.

Download Full Text of SB 5X
(Acrobat PDF file, 16 pages, 54 kilobytes)

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