Top 25 Green Tech Innovators Series hosted by Dr. Kiki – Finding better ways to light our public spaces and homes with the California Lighting Technology Center.
PIER sponsored research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) has focused on the combination of occupancy-based lighting controls and dynamically turnable light sources to create intelligent, bi-level luminaires for parking area applications.
The retail sector constitutes one of the largest energy consumers in the U.S., and halogen parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) and multifaceted reflector (MR) lamps are common retail lighting choices. LED replacement lamps have the potential to transform lighting energy use in this sector, and manufacturers of LED PAR and MR lamps now claim comparable photometric performance, as well as much greater longevity, than traditional halogen lamps.
Lighting accounts for about a quarter of California’s electricity use, and installing energy-efficient lighting can lead to significant energy, maintenance, carbon, and economic savings, according to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In September 2010, the CPUC adopted a plan to achieve a 60–80% reduction in statewide electrical lighting consumption by 2020.
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.
Philips Lighting has released a ceramic metal halide, direct-retrofit lamp that can be used with both probe- and pulse-start ballasts. The Philips Energy Advantage CDM lamp with AllStart Technology saves energy, improves efficacy and color rendering, maintains light levels, and is more affordable than traditional metal halide (MH) lamps. Philips says the lamps “provide true universal operation regardless of orientation without compromising light quality, and make installation and maintenance easier than ever.”
Lighting California's Future – The Advanced LED Downlights project takes downlights in a whole new direction—up! The LCF project partners developed a dimmable downlighting system based on indirect optical design that reduces glare, decreases installation time, averages LED color variations and improves thermal management.
Lighting California's Future – The objective of this project is to develop and commercialize LED-based lighting kits for ceiling and exhaust fans in residential applications. Additionally, the project explores the integration of control systems to the LED fan systems to determine if additional energy savings can be achieved in a cost-effective manner.
Lighting California's Future – Lighting controls systems are readily available in the market that turn lights off when spaces are unoccupied or when sufficient daylight is available. However, installing these systems involves new wiring or rewiring and can be an expensive proposition to retrofit existing buildings. Adura Technologies, in partnership with the California Lighting Technology Center, developed a wireless integrated photosensor and motion sensor system that communicates wirelessly through radio frequency to circumvent this issue.
LD+A – As retail stores make efforts to improve their sustainability and energy efficiency, a growing number are considering making the switch to directional LED replacement lamps. Compared to traditional halogen or incandescent sources, LED alternatives are about 75 percent more energy efficient, on average, and they last up to 25 times longer, but efficiency and long life are not enough.