UC Davis Today—In most classes, coursework involves sitting in front of a computer. But UC Davis students in professor Michael Siminovitch’s Design with Light class are hard at play. They’re using their hands and their imaginations to devise what could become the next big thing in lighting. Read the full story.
The California Lighting Technology Center’s Lighting for Office Applications Guide is designed to familiarize builders and lighting industry professionals with the office nonresidential portion of California’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6).
The guide includes the compliance process and requirements, current lighting technologies, and recommendations for implementing the standards in new construction or renovation projects. It serves as a resource for those involved in constructing, maintaining, or retrofitting California's office buildings.
The California Lighting Technology Center’s Retail Lighting Guide is designed to educate builders, lighting designers, contractors and others about the retail nonresidential lighting portion of California’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6).
Bosch—The California Energy Commission has announced a proposed award to Robert Bosch LLC for $2,817,566 to demonstrate a high-penetration, renewable-based microgrid. With this award, Bosch will demonstrate the effectiveness of its Direct-Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (Bosch DC microgrid) in an American Honda Motor Co., Inc., parts distribution center. The project is designed to illustrate the viability and benefits of a commercial-scale DC building grid compared with conventional AC-based grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems or microgrids.
LEUKOS— A new article advocating for high color rendering in consumer lighting products and the policies that support their adoption is now available. The paper is a collaboration between CLTC, the University of British Columbia and the National Research Council of Canada.
The article focuses on the tradeoff between color rendering accuracy and lamp efficiency to show that high color rendering accuracy is appropriate and, contrary to a common misconception, does not intrinsically require greater electrical energy consumption.
Exterior lighting for streets, roadways, parking lots, and other outside sites represents nearly 10% of the electricity consumed on military bases. Lighting in these areas typically consists of high pressure sodium or sometimes metal halide lamps that are normally controlled by photo-sensors located centrally or sometimes on each fixture. This limited functionality includes turning the lights on in the evening and off in the morning regardless of occupancy levels, thereby consuming more electricity than necessary.
CLTC is conducting research into developing technological and market-based approaches that will help increase deployment of energy-efficient technologies in existing multi-tenant light commercial (MTLC) buildings in California. MTLC buildings are single-story commercial buildings with between two and 25 tenants, less than 150,000 square feet in size, and a power load less than 499 kilowatts.
The results from the market survey will help CLTC researchers identify which technologies and strategies to focus on in developing incentive programs to encourage their adoption.
Echelon IIoT Insights Blog—In part 1 of this discussion, Michael Siminovitch, Director of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and the Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Department of Design at UC Davis, talks about adaptive outdoor lighting and the urban fabrics of light.