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Dept. of Defense Now Allows Tubular LED Retrofits Without Requiring Project-by-Project Waivers at All Land Facilities

The Department of Defense (DOD) Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) has been changed to allow tubular LED installation without the requirement to submit a waiver request for each retrofit project. DOD facilities include military bases, administrative offices and housing structures for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

The DOD, through a change in the UFC, now permits all its land-based facilities to upgrade to LED lighting by simply replacing existing fluorescent tubes with TLEDs. Prior to the change, a prohibition on tubular LEDs as a replacement for linear fluorescent lamps required a project-by-project waiver request to overcome. The UFC provides planning, design, construction, sustainment, restoration, and modernization criteria, and applies to the Military Departments, Defense Agencies, and the DOD Field Activities. View full compliance document here: UFC 3-530-01 Compliance Submittal.

“We estimate that conservatively, on an annual basis, by retrofitting existing fluorescent lamps to Energy Focus TLED lamps, the DOD could save 2.8 million MWh of power, or over $300 million in energy cost, while removing 1.9 million tons of CO2 emissions” said James Tu, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Focus, Inc.

This change now allows both lamp-for-lamp replacements, known as Direct-Fit, which are compatible with existing ballasts, as well as conversion of existing fixtures by removing or replacing the ballast, lamp, reflector, wiring, and diffusers as necessary known as Direct-Wire. Energy Focus supplies both Direct-Fit and Direct-Wire solutions, which comply with the new UFC revision.

Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer leaving port.

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