Loxone Makes Title 24 Lighting & Building Requirements Easier Than Ever!

John Wechsler
08/07/2018 in Know How

Since our beginnings in the old country, we’ve always strived to innovate and provide the world with a smart home solution that is both highly energy efficient and simple to use. Well, we’ve done that, but there is a little place called California that requires us to spell it out, so here you go! Loxone Smart Home is Title 24 Compliant.

With Loxone Smart Home, home builders and integrators across California now have an accessible out of the box solution to meet their Title 24 lighting and building needs! That’s right, in addition to our compliant lighting controls, fan control, HVAC dampers for zoned climate control, and other solutions that will help you comply with building regulations, we are releasing Title 24 compliant lighting fixtures! And don’t worry, as with all of our Loxone products, these solutions are simple to realize and take only minutes to configure.  

What is Title 24?

Let me give it to you straight – The California Building Energy Efficiency Standards, or  Title 24, is a set of building regulations put in place to reduce energy consumption in the state of California. These steps towards energy conservation were implemented in 1978, and are updated continuously as technology, and environmental awareness grows. Last year the state of California once more added additional standards to Title 24, this time focusing on energy efficient lights and lighting controls in residential homes.

New Title 24 Lighting Standards

High-efficacy lights + Lighting control
What good are energy efficient lights if you leave them on all the time?! I apologize if that sentence just gave you childhood flashbacks, but it’s true, our parents were right.  It’s one thing if you forget to turn a light off now and then, but this forgetfulness begins to add up when thousands, if not millions of people are also doing the same!

To combat this wasteful practice these new building standards not only require high-efficacy lights, but they also call for lighting controls consisting of sensors and dimmers.

Title 24 Lights
In short, all lights must be high-efficacy, and recessed downlight luminaires and enclosed luminaires must contain a lamp that is certified to meet with Joint Appendix (JA8), which is fancy talk for the Qualification Requirements for High Efficacy Light Sources. Now, these requirements are pretty extensive, and you can check them out here if you want to get into the finer details and gain some knowledge.

We’ve redesigned and improved our Pendulum lights and LED Spots to exceed the minimum Title 24 light requirements (wow, would you look at us), and will be releasing them later this year. Both lights are JA8-compliant,  fully dimmable, and offer a color rendering index of 90+ (CRI 90).

Title 24 Lighting Control

Depending on the room, a vacancy sensor, a dimmer, or both, must be used in the space. You’ll see below why we recommend the use of an occupancy sensor over a vacancy sensor, which exceeds requirements.

Title 24 lighting control requirements are as follows:

Kitchen – Vacancy sensor or dimmers
Living room -Vacancy sensor or dimmers
Garage, laundry and utility room -Vacancy sensor must control a minimum of one light
Bathroom -Vacancy sensor must control a minimum of one light

Vacancy Sensor vs. Occupancy Sensor

What’s the difference between a vacancy sensor and an occupancy sensor? A vacancy requires you to get out of your lazy boy and manually turn the light on but will turn the light off automatically once the room is vacant. An occupancy sensor, on the other hand, will turn the light on automatically when you enter the room and also turn off the light automatically once the room is empty. But some occupancy sensors are smarter than others and know when a room already has enough natural light, and therefore and won’t turn on at all! We will get into that soon.

Though Title 24 at a minimum requires the use of a vacancy sensor, we instead would highly recommend that you use an occupancy sensor equipped with an integrated brightness sensor, such as our Loxone Motion Sensor. The reasoning behind this is simple. Title 24 requires the use of a vacancy sensor, based on the assumption that a standard occupancy sensor will trigger lighting even when it’s not needed, hence wasting unnecessary energy. Title 24’s suggested solution is for the user to manually turn on the light when they believe it’s required, and the vacancy sensor will then turn it off. With an occupancy sensor with integrated brightness sensor, you will have the best of both worlds. The lights will turn on automatically, only when the brightness level in the room is low enough, and will turn off when the room is vacant, or the light is no longer needed. This model is more efficient and convenient than what has been put forth in Title 24.

Want to learn more about Title 24?

Get in touch with us to learn more about meeting Title 24 requirements in your new home. Click below to set up a free smart home consultation, where you can chat with one of our smart home experts!

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