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The state buys a variety of lamps such as fluorescent, compact fluorescent, and high-pressure sodium lamps. A key environmental consideration in selecting the appropriate lamp is energy efficiency. Energy efficiency translates into reduced utility costs, waste and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Green Contracts

The California Lamp Contract encourages the use of the more energy-efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) over incandescent bulbs. Where appropriate, Energy Star® qualified CFLs are required. These CFLs use about 75 percent less energy. The California Lamp Contract also offers CLFs with less mercury than what is allowed by law.

Contract Name: Lamps/Lighting 
Contract Number: expired.  See PD Broadcast Bulletin K-23-12.

State agencies are to buy products that conserve energy and water, have reduced toxicity or pollutants and, are made with recycled materials where available. When using other procurement approaches to purchase lamps, look for products that are energy efficient and/or known to have reduced mercury.

Specifications

The following technical and environmental specifications were a part of the previous lamp contract and are presented here for informational purposes only.

Lamps/Lighting

Laws, Regulations and Policy

Laws
  • Health and Safety Code Sections 25210.9-25210.12 - Lighting Toxics Reduction (Assembly Bill 1109-Huffman, Ch. 534, Stats. 2007)
  • Public Resources Code Section 24502 - Energy Efficiency

Regulations

  • California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Sections 66273.1-66273.90 - Standard for Universal Waste Management
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601-1608 - Appliance Efficiency Regulations
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6 - Energy Building Regulations

Policy

  • Executive Order B-18-12 - Governor's Green Building Initiative

Certifications and Standards

  • ENERGY STAR®

Buying Tips

  • State agencies are to buy products that conserve energy and water, have reduced toxicity or pollutants and, are made with recycled materials where available. When using other procurement approaches to purchase lamps, look for products that are energy efficient and/or known to have reduced mercury.
  • Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified products.
  • Check if the supplier offers a Take-Back program for spent mercury-containing lamps, or contact the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) or your local waste management agency to find out how a business can dispose of these wastes.
  • A statewide contract for lamps is currently unavailable. When buying lamps look for compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) with low mercury content and high energy efficiency. Make sure the lamp’s mercury content in CFL's is not more than 5 milligrams of mercury. Lamps energy efficiency must be in compliance with California law and regulations.
  • Reference the Buying Green Information Bulletins: Low-Wattage T8 Fluorescent Lamps and LED Replacements for Linear Fluorescent Lighting.

References and Resources