The California Energy Commission has adopted a voluntary lighting quality specification for LED replacement lamps. The new standard requires LED lamps to meet certain performance criteria in order to qualify for utility incentive programs and rebates.
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CLTC has partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to offer classes on lighting for retail and residential spaces. The classes are specifically designed to help contractors, engineers, designers, and other building professionals meet—or exceed—California's Title 24 building energy efficiency standards. The courses will explore how to apply best practices in compliance with new and existing code requirements, and they will provide technology updates on energy-efficient lamps and ballasts, as well as advanced sensors and controls.
Last November, California voters passed Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, ending a state tax break for multistate businesses and dedicating the anticipated revenue to energy efficiency projects and job creation in the clean energy sector. The Governor's office recently released 2013–2014 budget summary proposes to allocate all Prop 39 funds to K–12 schools and community colleges for efficiency upgrades and clean energy job training programs.
After intensive R&D efforts in the lab at CLTC, a dual-loop photosensor is now commercially available. The LMLS-600 is the first lighting control device to combine open-loop and closed-loop photosensor technologies and the latest addition to WattStopper's Digital Lighting Management (DLM) system. The result makes daylight harvesting significantly more reliable, energy efficient and cost effective.