CA Title 20

California’s Title 20 & Lighting Regulations and You

California’s Title 20 & Lighting Regulations and You

California’s appliance efficiency regulations include lighting and lighting products.

Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and even installation contractors are responsible for compliance.  Everyone in the supply chain needs to do their part.  Find out how to comply.

Satco is participating in a number of ways, including:

  • Assisting our supply chain in understanding Title 20 compliance through education
  • Establishing procedures such as our “pass through” acknowledgement affidavit
  • Continually updating our supply chain on changes the effect our lighting industry


What is Title 20?

Title 20 is part of the Appliance Efficiency Regulation and California Code of Regulations that requires manufacturer certification of “self-contained” lighting control devices in California.

Under California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standard Title 20, Regulated Lighting Products must be certified to the Energy Commission and be listed in its Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDBS) if they are to be sold or offered for sale in the state of California.

What Products are Included in Title 20?

Title 20 Regulated Lighting Products Include:

 Section 1605.1 of California’s Appliance Efficiency Regulation (Title 20) adopts federal standards verbatim, and the same products regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE) are included in the State Standard:

  • Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
  • General Service Lamps
  • Incandescent Reflector Lamps
  • Medium Based Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • General Service Incandescent Lamps and Modified
  • Spectrum General Service Incandescent Lamps
  • Candelabra Base Incandescent Lamps and Intermediate
  • Base Incandescent Lamps
  • Emergency Lighting and Self-Contained Lighting Controls
  • Traffic Signal Modules and Traffic Signal Lamps
  • Torchieres
  • Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures

Section 1605.3 of California’s Appliance Efficiency Regulation (Title 20) State Standards includes the following Non-Federally Regulated Appliances

  • State-Regulated Incandescent
  • Reflector Lamps
  • State-Regulated General Service Incandescent Lamps, General Service Lamps, and Modified Spectrum
  • Incandescent Lamps
  • GU-24 Base Lamps
  • Illuminated Exit Signs
  • Self-Contained Lighting Controls
  • Metal Halide Luminaires
  • Under-Cabinet Luminaires (commercial office only)
  • Portable Luminaires
  • GU-24 Adaptors

 What Regulations Apply to Portable Luminaries?

Title 20 includes testing specific to this product type as well as prescriptive requirements, i.e. dedicated fluorescent lamp socket and high frequency ballast.  MAEDBS listing and specific data submission required.

 Are Small Directional Lamps and General-Purpose LED Regulated Under Title 20?

 Small-diameter directional lamps and general-purpose LEDs manufactured on or after January 1, 2018 must be compliant with Title 20 Standards.

 How do I comply?

Everyone in the supply chain is responsible (Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Contractors) for ensuring regulated products are listed in the MAEDBS when sold in the State of California.

Do out of state retailers have to meet the Title 20 requirements if they sell lighting products to someone in California via internet or mail order?

 Yes. Products sold online from out-of-state retailers to California residents must meet Title 20 requirements.

Do products have to meet the Title 20 requirements if I am selling-through California to another state?

 No, non-compliant products may be shipped to and warehoused in California for sale to another state. Satco requires an affidavit to be signed by the customer which acknowledges that the non-compliant product is being sold as a “pass through” sale and will not be sold in the State of California.

 Do retailers and lighting showrooms have to mark the products to show that they meet the Title 20 requirements?

No, however they must verify model numbers of regulated products are listed in the MAEDBS prior to sale in California.

What are the requirements for manufacturer compliance?

Title 20 specifies labeling requirements for manufacturers in Section 1607(b). 

Marking or labeling must be “permanently, legibly, and conspicuously displayed on an accessible place on each unit” of the regulated appliance and it must include:

  1. Manufacturer’s name or brand name or trademark
  2. Model number
  3. Date of manufacture, including year and month

Additional requirements for exit signs, luminaires (torchieres), and emergency lighting and self-contained lighting controls are addressed in Sections 1607(d)(5), 1607(d)(6), and 1607(d)(11) of Title 20.

How is Title 20 Determined, Regulated and Enforced

How are the rules and regulations determined?

The California Energy Commission determines and establishes the rules and aspects of Title 20 and stakeholders are invited to participate in recommendations throughout their process by submitting data comments and recommendations throughout their process.  The goal of the commission is to reduce the energy demand on the state and provide benefits to consumers.

Who enforces the requirements?

The Energy Commission maintains the authority to enforce Title 20 requirements, administering civil penalties for non-compliance.  Title 20 Section 1609 outlines enforcement procedures.

 How often are Title 20 Lighting Products updated?

Currently, there is no regular cycle.  Historically, the document is updated annually to ensure Federal standards are incorporated.

 Where can I find specific requirements for each product?

 Standards can be found on the Energy Commissions Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20 Document) 

Lighting Standards are located in sections:

  • 1605.1(j) through (n)
  • 1601
  • 1602

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