To address California’s critical need for targeted, practical technology improvements that reduce lighting energy use and advance building energy-efficiency, in 2009, the California Energy Commission initiated a comprehensive lighting research, development, demonstration and outreach program in partnership with the California Lighting Technology Center.
The program’s goal was to achieve new, energy-efficient lighting, daylighting and fenestration solutions for California. As part of the program, the California Lighting Technology Center addressed the application of light-emitting diode technology and advanced lighting and fenestration control systems as primary tools to achieve deep, sustained electricity savings. In addition, researchers examined multiple, other emerging technologies and design strategies for their performance, cost-effectiveness and energy savings potential.
Key projects included evaluation of plasma technology, organic light-emitting diodes, and direct current lighting microgrids. In combination with these technical activities, the program also delivered targeted market transformation support for the California Energy Commission’s technology portfolio in order to achieve increased market penetration of its lighting, daylighting, and fenestration solutions.
The research is published by the California Energy Commission, here.