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.
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 partnered with the California Army National Guard through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program to demonstrate an Interior Office Lighting System (IOLS) at the Joint Force Headquarters in Sacramento, CA. The project demonstrated the energy and maintenance savings that can be achieved by using a combination of low ambient lighting, high-quality task lighting and advanced lighting controls. Average IOLS energy savings is 40 – 50%.
UC Davis – UC Davis today agreed to help the U.S. Navy find new ways to use less energy and to derive more of the energy it does use from renewable sources such as the sun and wind, instead of oil and coal. The primary focus of the new partnership is to cut the energy the Navy uses for outdoor lighting on its bases.