LEDs in the spotlight: Compliant lighting products

February 2, 2021

It's now easier to get efficient, more affordable, less-toxic, longer-lasting lighting

See the LED Payback Calculator by SF Department of Environment.

See links below for:

  • Brands and product details
  • Criteria/specifications anyone can paste into contracts for each category or for all categories.
  • Discounted prices if you're using City funds.

For City staff, we have compiled all of this information in one, printable PDF document:  The Buy Green Lighting Guide and vendors for lamps (bulbs), ballasts, LED fixtures, and drivers, and recycling.  You can also access this information through the links below:  


Required & Suggested products for City departments:

Compliant LED bulbs, desk and floor lamps, fixtures/luminaires, drivers, exit signs and retrofit kits, under-cabinet and cove fixtures:


Compared to CFLs, LEDs are more energy efficient and longer lasting, and do not contain toxic mercury. 
LEDs can replace less-efficient incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs/lamps and fixtures.  LED drivers can replace fluorescent and HID ballasts. 


Limited Use & Prohibited products for City departments:

CFL bulbsballasts, and fixtures:


Fluorescent tubesballasts, and fixtures:

Halogen and incandescent bulbs:



High pressure sodium and metal halide bulbs:



Other suggested products for City departments:

LED flashlights, night lights, head lamps