Projects

Laboratory Evaluation of DC Lighting Systems

Historically, power distribution has been dominated by Alternating-Current (AC) which significantly influenced the design of connected energy-consuming appliances.  With the emergence of electronics and digital controls as standard design elements in almost all appliance categories, the need for Direct-Current (DC) has emerged, even as it opposes traditional distribution practices.  This issue is typically resolved at the appliance level with AC-to-DC converters. 

Million LED Challenge

Million LED Challenge

Phase 1 of the Million LED Challenge was officially launched by the University of California system in consultation with the California State Department of General Services!  The groups  issued their purchasing standards to encourage the purchase and installation of high-quality LED lamps in their buildings: 

Title 24: Residential Lighting

Title 24: Residential Lighting

The Residential Lighting Design Guide outlines best practices in lighting design to help builders comply with California's 2019 Title 24 Energy Standards requirements. 

Topics include:

  • Explanation of the code
  • Technical and compliance information
  • Lighting design examples

The lighting design guide will cover code explanation and floor plan examples of the following areas:

Title 24: Office Lighting

Title 24: Office Lighting

This Office Lighting course is designed for those who design, specify, or inspect lighting installations in new and remodeled commercial office spaces. The curriculum includes an overview of current lighting technologies, including LED luminaires, and updates on new lighting requirements and sections in the 2019 standards.

Learning outcomes for course participants include the ability to:

2022 Energy Standards Technical Assistance & Support

The CLTC provides technical assistance on a variety of lighting topics as they relate to the Energy Standards. CLTC’s expertise assists the Energy Commission and utilities on lighting-related issues to clarify, update and maintain the existing Energy Standards and provide support for the development of the 2022 Standards.

To date, CLTC has focused on outdoor lighting measures and outdoor occupancy sensors.

California Energy Alliance

The California Energy Alliance (CEA) unites representatives of a broad range of organizations concerned about energy and the built environment. As a member-based organization, CEA works to improve California’s energy future and the migration toward a Zero Net Energy horizon. CEA focuses on the promotion and realization of deep energy savings, sustainable energy generation, and integration. The Alliance actively participates in the development and implementation of pragmatic, environmentally and economically sound building energy standards and other initiatives.

Automated Demand Response Workforce Development

CLTC is supporting the Center for Sustainable Energy develop classroom and on-the-job workforce training in SB 535-designated disadvantaged communities in IOU service territories. This project is funded by the California Energy Commission.

Electrical apprentices will learn to install and maintain automated demand-response (ADR) communications equipment in existing buildings to improve grid reliability and advance to goals of AB 758.  Specifically, CLTC's role in the project is to:

Integrated Building Control Retrofit Package for Commercial Applications

Lighted hallway corridor with window walls, facing the center of a courtyard.

The California Lighting Technology Center, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, is conducting research to develop and evaluate technology that integrates automated controls for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), electric lighting and dynamic fenestration systems. The integrated system is referred to as the Integrated Building Control Retrofit Package (IBCRP), as it is aimed for retrofit projects in existing commercial buildings.

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