Energy Efficiency Forecasts
February 16, 2010 - 10:03am

“2010 will be the year that new kinds of controls and new ways to use lighting controls will appear as we seek to further reduce the use of energy for residential lighting while maintaining the lighting quality, appearance, flexibility and customer satisfaction that our industry works to provide.”
Terry McGowan
Director of Engineering
American Lighting Assn. (ALA)

“Without a doubt, we will continue to see an expansion of LED retrofit bulbs as a viable replacement to incandescents. However, a significant and perhaps often overlooked development will be high-efficiency halogens, which will allow consumers to have options in regards to energy-efficient bulbs. Remember to use the right bulb in the right place.”
Catherine Choi
LED chandelier bulbs pictured

“While energy efficiency programs have been moving the market toward greater energy efficiency in multiple areas — including lighting — over the past 18 years at CEE, the most significant development is the realization that the ‘low-hanging fruit’ keeps growing back. With 40 billion inefficient bulbs to replace in the United States, compact fluorescents still play a strong role in efficiency programs. But new, cost-effective methods continue to appear in the form of more efficient products and systems.”
Sarah Griffith
Strategic Communications Director
Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)

“I believe the most significant development for energy efficiency in 2010 will be the adoption by many states of the new IECC 2009 model energy code. The new code mandates use of high-efficacy light sources the way Title 24 did in California. This will introduce energy-efficient lighting products to consumers much quicker than in the past.”
Glenn Siegel
Director of Marketing and Product Management, Recessed and Track Products
Cooper Lighting

 “I think 2010 will go down as the year that LED lighting goes mainstream for the residential marketplace. The price of LED lighting will no longer be a barrier to adoption for consumers, particularly with current rebates and federal programs that could provide financial incentives for making homes more energy efficient. When the cost is virtually the same, why would you put a less efficient, less beautiful, shorter-life light in your house?”
Gary Trott
Vice President of Market Development
CR6 downlight pictured

“We’re very heavily focused on Energy Star®. We’re trying to take energy efficiency beyond a utilitarian look to a fashion item. We are stepping up our game to more decorative designs. Everything we do revolves around energy efficiency.”
Brian Brandes
Vice President, Product Development
Nuvo Lighting/ Satco Products Inc.

“Amidst the green-wash[ing], I already see people becoming more discerning about the quality of lighting in their homes, not just the kilowatt hours saved. What good is energy savings in lighting if it sends us back to the dark ages? Energy efficiency will become more about putting enough light where we need it, and using the best new lamp sources available to do the job.”
Shelley Wang
WAC Lighting

“The Energy Star® for home regulations are going to change in 2011. Lighting will go from an option to a mandated prerequisite. When that happens, the demand for Energy Star lighting will rise significantly. It’s no longer going to be an option.”
Jeffrey Dross
Senior Product Manager

“New light sources will not only make good-quality lighting possible, but also energy-efficient. These new light sources include the Energy-Saver halogen IRC bulb, the Energy Star® compact fluorescent bulb and the new high-power LEDs with a CRI greater than 90.”
Paul W. Eusterbrock
Holtkötter Intl.

“There is growing interest in the LED product category. As light output increases and pricing becomes more attractive, the residential market will be able to more broadly pursue the benefits of LED products.”
Mark H. Kardon
Vice President of Marketing
American Fluorescent

“[In 2010,] companies who truly understand LED technology will begin to, or have already introduced, LED products that will be able to match up with or out-perform our current inefficient lamps without sacrificing the integrity of the light.”
Ryan Fisher
Vice President

“Based on their high efficiency, long life and other factors such as their immediate start-up capabilities and the fact that they contain no mercury, LEDs will continue to represent a major development on the energy efficiency front in 2010. LEDs are penetrating more and more general lighting applications every day and hold great promise for significantly reducing global energy consumption.”
Peter Soares
Director of Consumer Channel Marketing
Philips Lighting

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