The comprehensive "Residential Lighting Design Guide" is now available free from the National Lighting Bureau (NLB). Developed by the UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), the guide is a resource of best practices and lighting designs applicable nationwide. It provides a technology overview of high-efficacy luminaires, switching controls, sensors, and dimmers and also includes diagrams of several spaces found in typical U.S. homes.

CLTC created the guide to help builders, energy auditors, and lighting designers comply with new elements of California’s recently updated Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Part 6 of the standards addresses residential lighting for new and remodeled homes. Complying with the mandatory standards significantly reduces lighting-energy consumption by requiring reliance on new energy-efficient technologies. According to NLB Chair Howard P. Lewis, Lighting Alternatives, Inc., “The Guide identifies the many different alternatives available for lowering energy consumption and utility costs. Achieving home lighting energy efficiency is mandatory in California. Common sense alone makes it highly desirable everywhere else. Those purchasing a home can use the guide to evaluate its lighting. They can also use it to obtain some really good guidance when they are remodeling.” Mr. Lewis represents the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) on the Bureau’s board of directors.

Obtain a PDF copy of the Residential Lighting Design Guide at the NLB website. The National Lighting Bureau recommends that homeowners and others rely on professional lighting-system designers to obtain the maximum “bang for the buck” from lighting. A nationwide listing of lighting-system designers is available here.