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Lighting in Commercial Buildings

Changes in Lighting

The percentage of commercial buildings with lighting was unchanged between 1995 and 2003; however, three lighting types did show change in usage. Compact fluorescent lamps and halogen lamps showed a significant increase between 1995 and 2003 while the use of incandescent lights declined. The lighting questions in the 1995, 1999, and 2003 CBECS questionnaires were virtually identical which facilitates comparison across survey years.

Figure 17. The percentage of buildings that use compact fluorescent lamps more than doubled between 1995 and 2003.

Note: Data are for non-mall buildings.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 1995, 1999, and 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

Table 5. Types of Lighting Used in Commercial Buildings by Year of Survey

  Total
Lit Buildings
(thousand )
Buildings Lit by Each Type of Light
(thousand)
Standard
Fluorescent
Incandescent Compact
Fluorescent

High
Intensity
Discharge

Halogen
Year of Survey
(All Buildings)
           
2003 4,248 3,943 2,184 941 455 565
1999 4,038 3,647 2,116 590 550 416
1995 4,095 3,750 2,415 355 385 295
Note: Data are for non-mall buildings.
Source: Energy Information Administration; 1995, 1999, and 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

Figure 18. The percentage of floorspace illuminated by compact fluorescent and halogen lamps more than doubled between 1995 and 2003.

Note: Data are for non-mall buildings.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 1995, 1999, and 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

Table 6. Floorspace Lit by Types of Lighting by Year of Survey

  Total
Lit Area
(million
square feet)
Floorspace Lit by Each Type of Light
(million square feet)
Standard
Fluorescent
Incandescent Compact
Fluorescent

High
Intensity
Discharge

Halogen
Year of Survey
(All Buildings)
           
2003 51,342 37,918 5,556 4,004 4,950 2,403
1999 49,779 37,150 6,496 3,058 5,343 1,913
1995 45,773 34,910 6,746 1,161 3,725 779
Note: Data are for non-mall buildings.
Source: Energy Information Adminitration; 1995, 1999, and 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

Lighting in Commercial Buildings
  Introduction
  Lighting and Principal Building Activity
  Lighting and Building Size and Year Constructed
  Changes in Lighting

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  Table L1. Floorspace Lit by Lighting Type (Non-Mall Buildings), 1995
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  Table L2. Floorspace Lit by Lighting Type (Non-Mall Buildings), 1999
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  Table L3. Floorspace Lit by Lighting Type (Non-Mall Buildings), 2003
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Date released: April, 2009