Mercury-Free Lighting Procurement Specification

Upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has never been easier or more cost-effective. Building operations and maintenance teams can eliminate mercury while cutting lighting electricity consumption in half, and capture payback periods of less than one year.

Switching to LED lighting has many benefits:

  • 50% lower lighting electricity bills with payback periods of less than one year (see Annex B)
  • LEDs last 2-3 times longer than fluorescent, minimizing re-lamping and maintenance costs
  • LEDs can be retrofitted directly into existing fluorescent fixtures – no need to change them
  • LEDs have ZERO MERCURY – a better choice for people and the environment

This specification offers guidance on the procurement of quality energy-efficient, mercury-free LED lighting. This document covers the lamp types pictured above – tubular lamps as well as mains-voltage socket general service lamps and pin-based fluorescent. This specification establishes minimum performance requirements for energy efficiency, power quality, light and color quality, lifetime, and other important aspects.

For more information about this specification or the Clean Lighting Coalition, contact: ·

Michael Scholand, LC


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