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Title 24: 2019 Residential Lighting Changes

The requirements for JA-8 high-efficacy remain largely unchanged. However, there are some items worth noting. 

Title 20 Sales Ban

Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to ignore federal preemption and expand the definition for general service lamps (GSL). Thus, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, it will be against the law in California to sell nearly all GSLs with an efficacy of less than 45 lumens per watt (lpw).

List 3 Exclusion Process

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is working through the plethora of exclusion requests submitted for List 3. Several ALA members participated in the process and are still awaiting a final decision.

List 4b Tariffs

As we close out 2019, there is still much uncertainty about what will happen with List 4b. Currently slated to take effect this coming Sunday, Dec. 15, List 4b will add an additional 15-percent duty on covered goods coming from China. Ceiling fans and finished good LEDs are included on List 4b.

Tariff Update

Late last week, the USTR issued a statement that exclusion requests for products on List 4A will be accepted, beginning Oct. 31. Requests must be submitted using USTR’s Exclusions Process Portal.

Industry Honors Life and Career of Rick Wiedemer in Lighting Hall of Fame Induction

Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting was posthumously inducted into the 2019 Lighting Hall of Fame during the ALA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on the evening of Sept. 17.

2019 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners Recognized at ALA Conference

The 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winners were honored during the ALA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 16.

New Lutron Commercial Experience Center Showcases Bold Approach to Lighting Control, New Technology

For almost six decades, Lutron Electronics has been a leader in the lighting control industry. Now, as Lutron celebrates its new Commercial Experience Center in Manhattan, the company is once again bringing bold ideas and a fresh vitality to lighting and design.

2019 Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes and Notes

Meeting minutes and notes for the 2019 ALA Engineering Committee Meeting.

Tariff Update: Changes Coming to Lists 1, 2 and 3 & List 3 Exclusion Process

Today, the USTR released President Trump’s latest directives regarding the Section 301 Lists 1, 2 and 3 ($250 billion worth of goods). The official notice should be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Tariff Update: Changes Coming to List 4

On Friday, the USTR will publish President Trump’s latest directives regarding the List 4 tariffs in the Federal Register.

List 3 Tariff Alert

Today, President Trump escalated his trade war with China, amending the current tariff schedule.

Navigating the Alphabet Soup of UPPs, MAPs, and other Veritical Price Restraints:  A Primer for the Lighting Industr
USTR Delays Tariffs on Ceiling Fans and LEDs

Earlier today, the USTR announced the next steps of implementing the additional 10 percent tariff on goods coming from China worth $300 billion, also known as List 4.

University of Oregon Publishes White Paper on Light, Views, and the Workplace Experience

Today, the University of Oregon published a new white paper, “The Impact of Lighting and Views in the Workplace of the Future.”

List 4 Tariff Update

President Trump just tweeted that he is imposing a 10% tariff for List 4, which will take effect Sept. 1, 2019.

Lutron Electronics Announces Senior Leadership Team Evolution

Lutron Electronics recently announced the evolution of its senior leadership team. Executive Vice-Presidents Ramin Mehrganpour and Ed Blair have been appointed Lutron Co-Presidents as part of its senior leadership team development.

JUSTICE DESIGN GROUP, LLC ACQUIRED; NOW PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATED

Justice Design Group, leading manufacturer in ceramic decorative lighting, distinctive shade materials and contemporary styles, announced today that the company has been acquired by Brandon Levin, president & CEO, and Robert Grant, vice president of sales & marketing.

Jacobson Testifies Before Section 301 Committee

On behalf of the membership, Eric Jacobson, president and CEO of ALA, testified earlier today before the Section 301 Committee in Washington, DC. His message was simple and direct: the lighting industry is overwhelmingly opposed to tariffs.

Engineering and Technology Report

A summary of the ALA’s current engineering/technology activities.

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