What is Energy Star?


ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) dedicated to helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.


Earning the ENERGY STAR

Quality is built into ENERGY STAR guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency to give the assurance of bright, warm, long lasting lighting. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures meet strict EPA criteria for efficacy, color rendition and color temperature. Fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR are also flicker- free, emit no hum, start instantly and come with a two year warranty, double the industry standard.


Nuvo Lighting and ENERGY STAR

Nuvo Lighting reached new heights in our commitment to the environment winning the coveted 2009 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award. Presented by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE), this award recognized Nuvo Lighting for our leadership in manufacturing products that reduce energy consumption, save money and reduce the impact on our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Partner of the Year awards are given to manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver ENERGY STAR qualified products saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners are selected from more than 12,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.


The Environment and ENERGY STAR

The ENERGY STAR program promotes the use of less energy through 40 different product categories. By reducing the use of energy, your local utility company burns less fossil fuel which results in less pollution. If one room in every U.S. household was brightened by ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, the annual pollution savings would be equivalent to removing more than 8 million cars from the road.



ENERGY STAR qualified CFL and LED fixtures use 66% to 75% less energy than fixtures with standard incandescent bulbs and last from 10 to 25 times longer. Replacing a 100–watt incandescent bulb with a 32–watt CFL, fro example can save you at least $30 in energy cost over the lifetime of the bulb.  And LED lamps save even more. Homeowners can save an estimated $60 or even more per year by changing the most frequently used light fixtures in their home with fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR label.




ENERGY STAR lighting gives families a choice to save about one third on their energy bill without sacrificing style or fashion. ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures generally use pin-based CFL light bulbs which are tested to last for 10,000 hours. And fixtures with LED bulbs can last up to 25,000 hours. These fixtures typically burn at less than 100º Fahrenheit while Halogens can reach up to 1000º Fahrenheit and are potential fire hazards. Approximately 90% of the energy used by an incandescent light bulb is expended as heat, which means only 10% of the electricity used is converted into light.

ENERGY STAR qualified lighting uses less energy, helps protect the environment, provides equivalent light output, and is cooler to the touch and no longer sacrifices style.

Features Benefits
Less heat

Reduces air conditioning costs

Less energy Lower utility bills
Excellent color rendering (80CRI) Colors look natural
“Dedicated” pin-based bulbs Longer lamp life than incandescent
LED modules and bulbs Longest life and least wattage used in the industry
Electronic ballast (CFL bulbs only)

Flicker-free, no hum or buzz. Ballast must meet test criteria to avoid premature failure. Must be easily replaceable.

2-year warranty Customer security
Instant-on Customer satisfaction
Laboratory verified Quality control, independent third party testing


How important is your lighting?

Your home lighting increases the ease with which you perform tasks, makes you feel safe and comfortable, and helps you create the desired atmosphere in every room. Lighting adds beauty and drama. It can make a small room look open and airy and make a large room feel cozy and inviting. Of course, it costs money to keep your home filled with light. You use more energy to light your home than run your refrigerator 24 hour a day! Choosing energy–efficient lighting can cut this energy use and these costs by two–thirds.


Less time on the ladder

High–efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified lighting only needs to be changed every 7 years on average, and 10 years for LEDs, compared with the annual ladder climb for standard light bulbs. This means less trouble in changing the bulbs in those hard to reach fixtures.


A better choice

If every American home changed out just 5 high–use light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned ENERGY STAR, each family would save more than $60 every year on energy costs, and together we'd keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air equal to the emission of 8 million cars. That’s a $6 billion energy saving for Americans, equivalent to the output of more than 21 power plants.


Did you know?

You use more energy every year to light your home than to run your refrigerator.


Guide to CFL wattage

If you are unfamiliar with the best CFL or LED wattage to use for your lighting needs, always refer to the lumen, or light output on the product packaging as your guide. For example, most 60–watt incandescent lamps provide 800 lumens or more

Use the table to become familiar with the lumen or light output range for the most popular residential incandescent bulbs .



This table illustrates the potential energy bill and bulb replacement savings that could be realized if a standard lighting package where replaced with fixture that earned the ENERGY STAR®. Because electricity rates vary from state to state, five typical rates (cost per kilowatt–hour) are provided. On average, an ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package will use 1/3 of energy used by a standard lighting package while providing equal or more light. How can I learn more? To learn more about ENERGY STAR and the Advanced Lighting Package(ALP),visit the ENERGY STAR Web site at www.energystar.gov ENERGY STAR® SAVINGS.

The number of fixtures that will be replaced in this household 22.

How can I learn more? To learn more about ENERGY STAR and the Advanced Lighting Package, visit the ENERGY STAR Web site at http://www.energystar.gov .