CEE Residential Lighting Controls Market Characterization

Date Published

January 9, 2014


Residential lighting energy consumption in the United States has decreased by more than 15 percent over the past 10 years. With the phase-in of new incandescent lamp standards from January 2012 to January 2014 in the United States, and similar legislation phasing-in January 2014 through December 2014 in Canada, the trend is likely to accelerate over the next several years. Already the residential market has seen an increase in energy efficient lamp technologies, and the prices for these lighting technologies are continuing to decrease. As the residential lighting market is rapidly transforming, lighting controls represent a compelling opportunity as the next source of energy savings in the residential sector. Although lighting controls have been commercially available for many years, there has been limited market penetration of these technologies in the residential sector and a lack of clear information to produce an analysis as to the potential energy savings of residential lighting controls. Consequently, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), with Navigant Consulting, Inc. (Navigant), has initiated this investigation of the energy savings potential of residential lighting controls as they interact with incumbent lighting technologies and the energy efficient lighting technologies of the future.

This market characterization provides information on the U.S. and Canadian residential lighting controls markets, including an assessment of the following four lighting control technologies in residential applications:

  • Occupancy/vacancy sensors
  • Photosensors
  • Dimmers
  • Timers






16011; CEE