Fast Company – The United States generates more energy than any other country in the world -- and wastes more than half of it. Efficiency, it turns out, can be a rich resource. Those riches are being exploited by a kind of alchemy that combines science with business. Efficient technologies, from sensor-equipped LED lighting to smart electric meters, are flowing at a brisk pace out of labs, attracting capital from Goldman Sachs and Silicon Valley VCs, and support from the likes of Walmart, Chevron, Samsung, and California's major utilities.
Lighting Controls Association – The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) organized a study in eight private offices at the University of California, Davis in 2008 to attempt to generate useful data related to these questions.
Macworld product review – Full Spectrum Solutions' Berkeley Lamp II provides provides both downward-focused task lighting and upward-facing ambient lighting with two independent, dimmable fluorescent bulbs. The energy-efficient office lighting solution is also designed to prevent eyestrain and glare.
New York Times Green Inc. column– Changing efficiency standards for light bulbs in Europe and elsewhere raise questions about the quality of CFLs and other alternatives to incandescents. Commentary from CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch sheds light on the manufacturing and market launch of CFLs.
New York Times – Irritation seems to be rising as more consumers try compact fluorescent lamps which now occupy 11 percent of the nation's eligible sockets, with 330 million lamps sold every year. Consumers are posting vociferous complaints on the Internet after trying the lamps and finding them lacking. In California, where CFLs have been heavily encouraged, utilities have concluded that they will not be able to persuade a majority of consumers to switch until compact fluorescents get better. That is prompting them to develop specifications for a better lamp.
Electrical Contractor Magazine – Lighting standards already exist for performing tasks such as reading, threading a needle, cooking and grooming. However, older adults need much more light than the standards currently call for. This has strong implications when planning to light kitchens, bathrooms, clothes closets, entrances and stairways.
LD+A – California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) has continued research over the past year to develop and commercialize a next-generation daylight harvesting system with automatic commissioning and increased reliability through the use of two photo sensors. CLTC is working with Wal-Mart to demonstrate the product protytype in a retail store and with Watt Stopper/Legrand to commercialize the system.
Solutions for Lighting - The California Lighting and Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California, Davis and Hunter Fans have partnered to design and develop a ceiling fan system that optimizes a combination of emerging LED technology and commercially available lighting controls to create a cost-effective LED lighting kit for energy savings.
LD+A – Daylight harvesting is a great strategy to save energy, focusing on partially or completely reducing electric lighting when daylight is available in commercial and industrial buildings. The objective of this article is to offer a closer view of the main issues and potential resolutions in photo senor-based daylight harvesting controls.
SF Gate – As California lawmakers push to stop the sale of incandescent light bulbs in the foreseeable future, now might be the time to start looking for new ways to light up the home.