New York Times Green Inc. column– Changing efficiency standards for light bulbs in Europe and elsewhere raise questions about the quality of CFLs and other alternatives to incandescents. Commentary from CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch sheds light on the manufacturing and market launch of CFLs.
California Quality Standards
CLTC communicates and collaborates with the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide objective information and expert analysis that may inform the Commission’s lighting-related energy policies, programs and mandates. CLTC supports the CPUC’s Energy Division in its lighting-related goals, initiatives and activities, including the Lighting Action Plan, a near-term implementation guide for achieving the goals stated in the Lighting Chapter of California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
UC Davis – UC Davis' "smart" outdoor lighting network incorporates state-of-the-art technologies developed through CLTC.
CPUC – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a plan to transform the lighting market and achieve a 60-80 percent reduction in statewide electrical lighting energy consumption. This plan will be a new chapter of the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
CLTC affiliate American Honda Motor Co., Inc., celebrated completion of the Honda Smart Home US project with an open house event on March 25, 2014 at UC Davis West Village. The zero net energy (ZNE) home is a model for residential sustainability, demonstrating best-practice solutions. CLTC has partnered with Honda to develop a forward-thinking lighting design for the project.
This Retail Lighting course is offered through PG&E’s Energy Training Center and taught by an industry professional from CLTC. The class covers current Title 24 requirements for retail lighting, the compliance process, 2016 code updates, and efficiency measures’ impacts on the retail industry. It also offers cost-effective energy-saving measures for both new construction and retrofit projects. Attendees will receive hands-on exposure to new lighting technologies, and they will learn implementation strategies to comply with the code.
The California Energy Commission has adopted a voluntary lighting quality specification for LED replacement lamps. The new standard requires LED lamps to meet certain performance criteria in order to qualify for utility incentive programs and rebates.
Representatives from 212 cities participated in the survey, reporting data on over 1 million municipal street lights. Results of the survey were analyzed and compiled in “The State of Street Lighting in California, 2012.”
Changes to the lighting requirements under Title 24, Part 6 took effect July 1, 2014. This brief guide offers an overview of important requirements and major updates to these lighting codes and standards.