Code Changes Encourage Innovative Products

March/April 2005
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2005
        Tired of telling your kids to turn off the lights? Now you may no longer have to—if you live in California. With the introduction of California’s Title 24-2005 energy codes, new residential construction is required to use either high-efficacy light fixtures or controls such as occupancy sensors and dimmers. These controls ensure that your lights will be turned off when you leave the room—even if you or your kids forget to flip the switch.         The new Title 24 guidelines’ high-efficacy standards specify that light output— measured as the number of lumens leaving the lamp—must be efficient in relation to the number of watts used to produce that light. Fixtures that meet these standards include CFLs instead of incandescent lighting, electronic ballasts for all lamps rated 13 watts or greater,and recessed luminaires in all insulated ceilings approved for zero-clearance insulation cover (IC) and certified airtight.         Title 24-2005, which went into effect on October 1, 2004, also allows the use of occupancy sensors and dimmers as an alternative to these fixtures.These sensors must be manual automatic,...

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