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.
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) partnered with Finelite, Inc. and Adura Technologies to develop and demonstrate a unique, wireless task/ambient office lighting solution ideally suited for the retrofit market. The system consists of two key elements: a task/ambient lighting system and advanced, wireless lighting controls. The combination provides substantially reduced energy use, improved lighting quality, and personal lighting control for individual work spaces, without the need for any additional wiring or rewiring of existing luminaires or lighting circuits.
The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program through the California Lighting Technology Center funded development of a bi-level parking garage luminaire that integrates state-of-the-art induction sources and occupancy-based dimming controls.
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.
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.
NEMA ElectroIndustry Magazine— Professor Siminovitch’s push to “do more” is a common refrain heard around the halls at the CLTC — in fact, throughout the lighting industry and among energy efficiency regulators in California and beyond. It is perhaps why he has become one of the most influential voices in both lighting design and energy efficiency.
UCTV – Presentations from winners of the Energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practice awards competition for projects that demonstrate successful Lighting Design/Retrofit and Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) projects. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, and San Diego CC present on projects that implemented emerging technology solutions to lighting applications in areas such as stairwells, parking lots, classrooms, and gymnasiums. CSU San Bernardino and UC Berkeley present MBCx projects that were implemented on their campuses.