The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) was created in 2003 to accelerate technology transfer from the laboratory to the marketplace by fostering collaboration among lighting and energy stakeholders. The center was founded at the University of California, Davis, with support from the California Energy Commission, California utilities, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
Now part of the Department of Design at UC Davis, CLTC remains dedicated to fostering innovation, accelerating the development and commercialization of energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies, and seeing quality products succeed on the market. We conduct applied research and development aimed at producing innovative technologies.
Our work is guided by multiple partners, including manufacturers, utilities and large building owners. As new technologies emerge from the laboratory, they are brought to the market through coordinated demonstration, education, training, and policy activities.
Over the years CLTC has facilitated the development of multiple emerging technologies. These include sources for solid-state lighting (SSL) and adaptive lighting controls that automatically optimize comfort during occupied times and energy efficiency during unoccupied periods.
Our extensive technology demonstration portfolio has been developed with feedback from all affected stakeholders. It has encouraged technology adoption in different sectors by demonstrating the benefits of new strategies and new technologies.
After a decade of working with manufacturing companies, nonprofits, utilities, energy regulators, academics, and builders, CLTC is better equipped than ever to impact lighting efficiency and quality. We are now reaching beyond California, to the rest of the nation and the world.