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Fixture Seal of Approval Application

Fixture Seal of Approval Criteria 2015


Update: IDA is currently in the process of making criteria changes to the FSA guidelines, which will go into effect in early 2016. We will not be processing applications until the criteria changes are finalized.

Fixtures must

  • Emit no light above 90 degrees (with the exclusion of incidental light reflecting from fixture housing, mounts or pole)
  • Have a listed correlated color temperature configuration of 3000K or below (see table below – ANSI C78.377)
  • Be mounted at 0 degrees with no tilt (tilted mounting angle voids compliance)

ANSI C78.377 table for FSA criteria

Application process

  • Submit photometric files for the highest lumen output at all available distribution types
  • Include spec sheets that distinguish which CCT configurations (3000K and below) are Dark-Sky Approved and submit images of the fixture
  • Pay an initial evaluation fee is $250 per product family (not per photometric file)
  • Approved vendors will also be charged an annual online database renewal fee of $25 for web maintenance and updates

Residential Products without Photometry

Fixtures must

  • Fully-shield the light source and emit no light above 90 degrees
  • Not have vertical glass or drop lens
  • Have a listed CCT configuration of 3000K or below, including the lamp, if sold separately (3220K actual measured value– ANSI C78.377).
  • Include product literature that specifies compliant lamp CCT configuration

Application process

  • Submit spec sheets, images and CAD drawings of fixture (If compliance cannot be determined from these materials, you may be asked to submit a physical sample.)
  • Pay an initial evaluation fee of $250


  • $250 evaluation fee per new fixture submission
  • $1000 fee for Dark Sky Device (e.g. lighting controls)
  • $25 fee per product listing renewal