California’s current Title 24 requirements for building energy efficiency call for some high-efficacy lighting in a limited number of residential space types, such as kitchens and bathrooms. A future code requirement that all residential lighting be high efficacy has the potential to yield significant energy savings across the state, but implementation must first be proven practical and cost-effective.
Codes & Standards
Join UC Davis representatives, including staff from CLTC and WCEC, at this year's CHESC event hosted by UC Santa Barbara. Visit booth #203 to learn about lighting and HVAC innovations tested through the State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations (SPEED). Information on incentives and project financing options will also be available.
Reducing energy use and maintenance costs with demonstrated lighting technologies — With the growing availability of new technologies, smart lighting systems, wireless controls, and improvements on traditional sources, the search for lighting solutions for campus applications is growing more complex. Presentations included lighting technology choices for exterior lighting, office workspaces, classrooms, and demonstration installations. Case studies showed the results of projects that have recently been installed.
These presentation slides cover best practices for residential lighting design. The material is designed to help builders meet, or exceed, California's 2008 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. It includes background and policy, common lighting terms and technology updates, guidance in residential lighting design, a step-by-step overview of the Title 24 compliance process, and additional resources.
Demonstrations on UC and CSU campuses have proven that SPEED technologies offer reliable, cost-effective solutions for achieving deep energy savings. Effective July 1, 2014, many SPEED technologies will be required under California’s 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
This business case describes four adaptive lighting systems. All four cut energy use and electricity costs by over 70%. Large-scale upgrades generally yield the best results, and they qualify for the biggest incentives.
Smart Planet – At the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, Professor Michael Siminovitch discusses an array of LED and fluorescent lighting technologies including, down lighting systems for residential use, and exterior LED lighting for garages and parking lots.
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.
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.