Exterior lighting generally operates from early evening through early morning, a period of little to no renewable energy generation, which means this lighting is primarily powered by carbon-dense fossil fuels. Fossil fuel use is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), poor air quality, water pollution and land degradation. In addition, low-quality exterior lighting characterized by poor color, inappropriate light distribution, and inadequate light levels has also been linked to increased crime rates and reduced physical activity within the surrounding community.
Traditional outdoor lighting technologies operate at full power throughout the night, even when areas are vacant. This extra load, energy waste and light pollution can be averted by updating the lighting system with energy-efficient light sources and lighting controls. By installing these technologies, adaptive lighting strategies can be implemented that provide the right amount of light when and where it is needed.
CLTC is partnering with Liberty to create a zero net energy community in West Sacramento along the Sacramento River. The Liberty Lighting Guide provides design and technical specifications, application of directives, as well as Title 24 code compliance requirements for residential, outdoor, private community clubhouses, K – 8 schools, private clubhouses, neighborhood commercial spaces, parks, greenbelts, trails, sports, and recreation centers.
Smithsonian.com— Nine months in, a family of four adjusts to life in the Honda Smart Home, a testing ground for new technologies at University of California, Davis.
The retail sector, which represents 13 percent of California’s lighting electricity use, has historically not embraced the use of lighting controls to save energy. California regulators have responded to retailer’s concerns that lighting controls and lighting power density restrictions may have a negative impact on sales and customers. Currently, building lighting energy-efficiency standards for the retail sector are less stringent than regulations imposed on other commercial space types.
Lighting constitutes a large portion of energy use at national parks. This guide provides assistance to facility managers who want to reduce lighting energy use while making parks safer and more visually appealing for visitors.
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.
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).