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LED Lighting for Multi-family Housing

LED Applications in Multi-family Housing

The Lighting Field Guide: Upgrading to LEDs for Multi-family Housing from ASSIST provides suggestions for replacing traditional lighting with LEDs in common multi-family lighting applications.

More than half of people who rent housing live in multi-family dwellings. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development spends $5 billion per year on utility costs for public and other affordable housing. Thus, energy efficiency has become an important goal for many multi-family, affordable housing sites. LED lighting offers the opportunity to control energy use and associated costs, but clearcut information written for building owners and managers on how to apply LED lighting has been missing to date.

To provide more information, ASSIST has published The Lighting Field Guide: Upgrading to LEDs for Multi-family Housing.

The publication provides multi-family housing owners and facility managers with a clear, concise guide to selecting LED replacement lighting products for common lighting applications found in multi-family housing, including building common areas (lobbies, hallways, and community rooms), apartment kitchens and baths, and exterior lighting.

The guide discusses:
• important metrics and application issues (e.g., flux, efficacy, CCT/CRI, lifetime, warranty)
• product labeling
• best practices for replacing existing incandescent or fluorescent lighting with new LED lamps or fixtures
• savings and payback calculation methods
• potential rebates and incentives to buy down initial cost

Upgrading traditional light sources to LED replacement lamps as well as facts about lighting product labels are explained in the publication.



To evaluate the usefulness of the LED lighting guide and to demonstrate the potential for LED lighting in multi-family housing, the LRC is working with NYSERDA to implement LEDs at two affordable housing complexes in Ellenville, N.Y. The demonstration and its results will be completed late in 2013.


Technical Reports & Presentations

ASSIST. 2013. The Lighting Field Guide: Upgrading to LEDs for Multi-family Housing. Troy, N.Y.: Lighting Research Center. pdf logo

Sweater, K. What is the impact of new lighting technologies on the consumer? Presentation given at Low-Income Forum on Energy, May 22, 2012, Albany, N.Y. pdf logo

LRC's ASSIST Publication Guides Managers of Multi-family Housing in Selecting LED Lighting — Press Release (2013)

Project Summary Sheet (2013) pdf logo




New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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