In the fall of 2017, the Mexican Ministry of Energy awarded funding to the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in collaboration with the University of California Davis to establish a lighting technology and design research center known as the Centro de Tecnología de Iluminación (CTI). This is a multi-year, public-private investment focused on addressing growing climate change concerns through translational research committed to clean energy and sustainability in Mexico.
LiDAR has made the news in recent months as part of various high-profile archeological and geological projects. From discovering Mayan ruins to mapping our coastal seashores, LiDAR is the tool of choice. The technology also plays a critical role in autonomous vehicles, security systems and agriculture. LiDAR, shorthand for Light Detection and Ranging, may also prove useful in common lighting applications including potential use as a long-range occupancy detector to control outdoor lighting.
The CLTC is providing an environment to test and evaluate an outdoor lighting solution comprised of components from multiple manufacturers. This test program is evaluating technology components from leading lighting manufacturers to evaluate performance and interoperability of smart lighting components from multiple manufacturers. The solution for this test is comprised of outdoor light fixtures from Leotek, Xitanium SR LED Drivers from Philips Advance, network lighting controls from Silver Spring Networks and a CIMCON lighting controller.
CLTC, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, hosted an educational webinar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10 am. The webinar materials:
- Provide an overview of what's new in the Title 20 lighting standards as of January 1, 2018;
- Point manufacturers to key resources to assist with the product compliance process;
- Detail the differences in today's lighting products for retailers and consumers; and
- Link attendees to resources for future reference!
Webinar materials are provided here for your use.
CLTC collaborated with the Emerging Technologies group at the Pacific Gas & Electric Company to evaluate linear LED lamps in a variety of fixture applications as well as identify any interoperability issues.
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After nearly two decades of support and research focused on automated demand response (ADR), lighting remains underutilized as a demand response resource. Beginning in 2007 with the publication of the first open standard dedicated to ADR connectivity and communication (www.openadr.org), research and development efforts have resulted in a myriad of products and strategies designed to promote and advance ADR; however, recent studies demonstrate that commercially available, lighting-specific ADR products remain sparse.
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.