News & Events

CLTC Collaborates with Liberty to Advance Lighting Standards for ZNE Communities

Published: Thu, 11/17/2016
Liberty Rendering

Today, existing municipal lighting standards in use by many cities are outdated and lack a comprehensive approach that fully supports zero net energy (ZNE) policy goals, high color rendering and circadian-friendly design. Working with the Liberty Development located in the City of West Sacramento, CLTC is poised to reevaluate and develop forward-thinking municipal standards in support of local and broad ZNE community development goals.

City of Davis Announces Final Phase of Outdoor Lighting Upgrade

Published: Thu, 11/10/2016
Outdoor street light at nighttime in The Cannery neighborhood of Davis, California.

Last week, the City of Davis announced it has entered into the final phase of its city-wide, outdoor lighting system upgrade!  New luminaires are compliant with the outdoor LED lighting guidelines recently published by the American Medical Association and they feature onboard occupancy sensing technology, which automatically controls light levels based on the presence of pedestrians or vehicles in the area.  More light is provided when someone is using the space and light lev

UC Davis Hosts Office of Naval Research's NEPTUNE Program Meetings

Published: Wed, 11/02/2016
Professor Konstantinos Papamichael giving a tour to representatives of the NEPTUNE program inside CLTC's demonstration area for exterior lighting.

UC Davis hosted the Office of Naval Research this week to convene the Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) initiative.  The focus of this effort is on Driving Research and Leadership in Buildings and Transportation Efficiency with a goal to improve energy conservation, generate renewable energy and implement energy-efficient technologies.  NEPTUNE also provides the opportunity for active-duty military, military students and veterans to participate in university-level research.

Researchers Awarded IES Taylor Technical Talent Award for Color Quality Publication

Published: Thu, 10/27/2016
Professor Konstantinos Papamichael and Professor Lorne Whitehead examining differences in color using a color viewing booth.

Professors from the University of California - Davis, University of British Columbia and the National Research Council, Canada have been awarded the 2016 Taylor Technical Talent award for research.  The research published in Leukos, the journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, focuses on the issue of color rendering from both a policy and technical perspective. This research provided input to California’s 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Appliance Efficiency Regulations.

CLTC Partners with California Community Colleges to Advance Lighting Systems Education and Training

Published: Tue, 09/20/2016
Professor Michael Siminovitch providing a tour inside CLTC facilities to California Community Colleges leaders.

Leaders from the California Community Colleges met this week at CLTC to discuss advanced lighting curriculum and training materials for contractors and building professionals of the future. CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch hosted the team and urged collaboration with industry partners on training students with new, energy efficient technologies in their classrooms. 

CLTC’s Advanced Daylight Lab Receives a Facelift

Published: Tue, 09/20/2016
CLTC engineers examining lighting fixtures in the ceiling of the Advanced Daylighting Lab.

As part of current research sponsored by Southern California Edison, CLTC is updating its Advanced Daylighting Lab to include dynamic fenestration and integration of electric lighting and HVAC systems.  Activities are being conducted in collaboration with ready-to-integrate manufacturing partners so that new systems can more quickly and effectively transition to the commercial market.

CLTC Constructs Instrumentation for Consumer Preference Study

Published: Fri, 08/19/2016
Consumer Preference

On behalf of the California Energy Commission, CLTC researchers are working to understand consumer preference of select lighting performance metrics.  The residential vanity is identified as a critical application where consumer preference is a key factor in successfully migrating concepts from the lab to the market place resulting in sustained energy savings. 

As part of this consumer preference study, CLTC will be sending out a digital survey to gather your consumer preference.