LD+A Research Matters: Smart & Clean Exterior Lighting for the Community

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A collage of: a man adjusting a light source in an integrating sphere, a multi-colored apartment building, a red and white two-story apartment complex, and a man adjusting an outdoor light source in front of a building. Inset text – CLTC Researches: Exterior Lighting for the Community

Researchers at the California Lighting Technology Center are addressing the integration and demonstration of exterior lighting systems with on-board solar generation, battery storage and advanced controls with funding provided by the California Energy Commission’s EPIC program. In other words, “smart and clean” exterior lighting systems.

The research emphasizes how to best leverage mature, demand-side technologies to create a fully integrated, easy-to-install, low-maintenance system that reduces strain on California’s electricity grid. Lighting design practices used with this research prioritize engagement with residents and business owners through local community studies and technology demonstrations in priority communities. Pursuing an inclusive, community-focused relighting strategy can increase safety and use of outdoor areas.

Learn more in the March 2023 LD+A Research Matters article authored by Nicole Hathaway and Jae Yong Suk.

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