Q&A: T20, CEC, and Life Safety (OH MY)

October 10, 2018

Life Safety & Emergency Product Manager, Jon Carter, answers questions about the new Title 20 and CEC regulations relevance to this lighting type.

1. Which life safety luminaires are subject to the new Title 20 (T20) regulations?

Included in the list of regulated “Small Battery Charger” products are the battery backup devices in emergency lighting luminaires, emergency ballasts and drivers, and AC inverters which contain battery charging systems. Exit signs were covered under previous regulation, and all Acuity UL924 exit signs are certified and listed in the CEC appliance efficiency database. Combination Exit and Emergency Lighting products are also included in the scope of the CEC Title 20 regulations.

2. When did the Small Battery Charger regulation go into effect and how do I know if a particular luminaire is compliant?

The regulations for commercial Small Battery Chargers took effect on January 1, 2017 and apply to products manufactured on or after that date. This means that a manufacturer who built a product prior to that date, could still offer that product for sale after the regulation effective date and until that stock is depleted. Products manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, must meet the efficiency standard as outlined in the regulations before it is offered for sale in the state of California. Compliance with Title 20 is confirmed by checking the CEC Appliance Efficiency Database: http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/database/

3. Does anyone maintain a list of CEC T20 products?

Manufacturers certify products that have been tested by a CEC approved lab and meet the Title 20 requirements. The certification includes a declaration that the information is accurate for each submitted product. Products meeting the certification provisions are listed in the CEC Appliance Efficiency Database: http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/database/

4. Is the Quantum® ELM family of LED emergency and life safety products California Energy Commission (CEC) Title 20  (T20) compliant?

Yes, all Lithonia Lighting® ELMxL products meet the energy efficiency performance requirements of Title 20 and are certified and listed in the CEC appliance efficiency database.


Learn more about the ELM family of LED emergency & life safety products HERE

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