Adaptive exterior lighting products are entering the marketplace at a rapid rate. By coupling features such as occupancy-based lighting controls with efficacious, dimmable sources, these solutions offer 30 – 75% energy savings over traditional systems.
In the summer of 2010 the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and Philips Hadco produced an adaptive solution that combined a dimmable LED source and a mounting collar equipped with occupancy sensors. The collar provides 360-degree occupancy sensor coverage. This demonstration involved whole-head replacement of the existing luminaires, but results could also be achieved with a retrofit kit. The new luminaires feature good color quality, improved efficiency and a longer lifespan.
Philips Day-Brite and CLTC partnered on this SPEED-sponsored project to demonstrate a adaptive high intensity discharge (HID) wall pack from Philips Day-Brite’s established NiteBrites product line. The product provides dynamic light levels to surrounding areas based on occupancy using a single HID lamp and fixture-integrated occupancy sensor.
The PIER Program sponsored development of the adaptive LED bollard, an innovative technology designed to combat the energy wasted on overlighting unoccupied urban spaces. To successfully reduce energy consumption and provide dynamic light levels to the surrounding environment, project partners selected long-life light emitting diodes (LED) and fixture-integrated occupancy sensors to create a unique adaptive bollard. This combination delivers long life, low-energy consumption, and dynamic light output based on occupancy.
Many of the emerging light sources used for exterior lighting, namely light-emitting diode (LED) and advanced ceramic metal halide (CMH) lamps, provide full-range dimming. Occupancy sensors have provided adaptive lighting controls in exterior parking and area lighting applications, but some applications are not compatible with sensor coverage patterns. In these scenarios, combining dimmable sources with a controller that dims based on time of day can achieve comparable energy savings to utilizing occupancy sensors.
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.
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.
UC Davis – UC Davis' "smart" outdoor lighting network incorporates state-of-the-art technologies developed through CLTC.