Educational Video Series: 2016 Lighting Controls Technologies & Requirements

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The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California Davis collaborated with the California Energy Commission to provide this educational video series in support of the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24).  Sensors and controls can achieve significant energy savings by automatically adjusting lighting based on time of day, available task needs, daylight, occupancy, and electricity supply or cost.

This video series provides an overview of available control strategies and how to integrate them into a space to meet and exceed code.  Topics covered include technology-specific requirements, AT requirements, mandatory and prescriptive requirements for indoor and outdoor lighting controls, and relevant forms and tables related to lighting control systems. These videos also highlight and explain changes from the 2013 Energy Standards that pertain to lighting controls.

Module 1 – Introduction to Lighting Control Systems

Lighting controls and equipment installed in California nonresidential buildings must comply with the applicable requirements in §110.9 and §130.1 of the 2016 Energy Standards. Requirements apply to nonresidential, high rise residential, hotel and motel buildings. These standards also reference device-specific requirements contained in Section 1605.3 of the Appliance Efficiency Regulations. Module 1 discusses these general compliance requirements for lighting control devices and systems.


Module 2 – Indoor Controls Requirements and Technologies Part 1 – Area Controls

Area controls are simply manual ON/OFF lighting controls. Area controls form the primary lighting control layer in any building.  These controls can be a simple ON/OFF toggle switch, a slide dimmer with full off functionality, or a bank of area control buttons that control multiple zones of lighting in a space. Module 1 discusses specific requirements for indoor area controls including where and when they’re needed and the forms needed to document compliance with the Energy Standards. Area controls are mandatory for all buildings regulated under the Energy Standards.


Module 3 – Indoor Control Requirements and Technologies Part 2 – Multi-level Lighting Controls

Module 3 of the Nonresidential Lighting Controls video series focuses on technologies and requirements specific to multi-level lighting controls in the 2016 Energy Standards. Viewers learn about general types of multi-level lighting controls, mandatory and prescriptive requirements, and the relevant forms and tables for documenting compliance.


Module 4 – Indoor Control Requirements and Technologies Part 3 – Automatic Shut-off Controls

Module 4 provides an overview of automatic shut-off controls and requirements. Shut-off controls automatically shut off or reduce light output when a space is vacant. In this module, the audience will learn about time-switch lighting controls, occupancy and vacancy sensing controls and the mandatory and prescriptive requirements for these types of controls.

A downloadable fact sheet covering the same topic is located here.


Module 5 – Indoor Control Requirements and Technologies Part 4 – Automatic Daylighting Controls

Automatic daylight controls are used to reduce electric lighting energy use by reducing electric lighting power in response to available daylight. These controls are required in daylit zones to automatically shut off lighting when sufficient daylight is available. Module 5 provides details on where and how automatic daylighting controls must be installed, acceptance testing requirements, and other compliance information related to the technology and its application in nonresidential buildings.


Module 6 – Indoor Control Requirements and Technologies Part 5 – Demand Responsive Controls

Demand responsive controls are capable of receiving and automatically responding to a demand response signal. Module 6 provides the audience with the requirements for demand responsive controls including when and where these controls are required, acceptance testing requirements and other compliance information related to the technology and application in nonresidential buildings.


Module 7 – Outdoor Lighting and Signage Control Requirements

Outdoor lighting controls are required for many types of nonresidential, outdoor lighting systems under the 2016 Energy Standards. These controls requirements apply to both new construction, addition and alterations projects. Module 7 focuses on outdoor lighting control technology, various mandatory requirements, plus exceptions related to these devices.

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