The UC Davis Smart Lighting Initiative was established in 2010 to improve the quality and efficiency of both indoor and outdoor lighting on campus. The initiative's primary goal is to reduce UC Davis's electricity use for lighting by 60 percent, based on 2007 levels of energy use. The effort was inspired by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and its call to reduce statewide electricity consumption for lighting by 60 percent or more by 2020.
The New York Times – Parking garages are the third most frequent place for crime in the U.S. Security professionals agree that parking garage design influences the level of crime significantly. The easiest way to deter criminal activity in preexisting structures is by installing bright, white lights, coupled with occupancy sensor controls.
The Parking Professional – Michigan State University (MSU) has adopted a strong on-campus sustainability initiative. Adopting these standards for energy savings requires a challenging operating specification to follow, and MSU launched a major lighting overhaul in the parking garage at the Wharton Center last fall.
LD+A – The University of California, Davis, unveiled one of the most advanced outdoor lighting systems in the country this past June. Dubbed the Adaptive Campus Control System, it integrates over 1,600 individually addressed, dimmable LED luminaires with various applications – streetlights, wall packs, area lights, and post tops – into an advanced, wireless lighting controls network.
High Performing Buildings – The drive for building efficiency is creating innovative technologies that are finding their way into marketplace. This new feature in HPB magazine showcases the applications and capabilities of technologies in real projects, and also recognizes the providers of some of the innovative products.
UCTV – Presentations from winners of the Energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practice awards competition for projects that demonstrate successful Lighting Design/Retrofit and Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) projects. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, and San Diego CC present on projects that implemented emerging technology solutions to lighting applications in areas such as stairwells, parking lots, classrooms, and gymnasiums. CSU San Bernardino and UC Berkeley present MBCx projects that were implemented on their campuses.
Lighting Controls Association – The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) organized a study in eight private offices at the University of California, Davis in 2008 to attempt to generate useful data related to these questions.
UC Davis received a best-practice award for lighting at this year's California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), June 24 at UC Santa Barbara. The award recognizes UC Davis' innovative adaptive control system for exterior lighting.
Representatives from CLTC, WCEC and the State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations (SPEED) program were at booth #203 for the conference, sharing information on lighting and HVAC technologies, Title 24 changes, and project funding opportunities available to California colleges and universities.
Electrical Contractor Magazine – Lighting standards already exist for performing tasks such as reading, threading a needle, cooking and grooming. However, older adults need much more light than the standards currently call for. This has strong implications when planning to light kitchens, bathrooms, clothes closets, entrances and stairways.