Guest post by Charles Knuffke, WattStopper Lighting professionals in California are watching the approaching New Year with some apprehension, for 2014 brings with it a completely revamped and far more aggressive energy code. While California’s Title 24 Energy Code has had a reputation for being a leadership code in the past, the 2013 revision more […]
The latest generation of energy codes and standards require that building exterior lighting be turned OFF and/or reduced when not in use, producing significant energy cost savings. This includes outdoor area/parking lot, bollard, entrance/exit canopy and wallpack lighting. The following decisions will ensure that energy consumption is minimized by turning lighting OFF or turning it […]
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report, Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers: The Specifier’s Process for Maximizing Success. The report was created in response to issues raised about dimming by energy efficiency organizations and specifiers, and is based on experience from CALiPER testing and GATEWAY demonstrations. While progress has been made […]
The lighting controls market in North America and Europe will reach $2.42 billion in 2016, according to Lighting Controls Market in Europe and North America, a report recently released by Verify Markets, a market research firm specializing in industrial, environmental, energy, consumer products and water markets. This represents a CAGR of 4.2% between 2011-2016. The […]
Radio-frequency (RF) wireless lighting controls are control devices such as manual switches, occupancy sensors and photosensors that communicate via radio waves. Eliminating control wiring may reduce total installed cost while facilitating application of automatic lighting controls in existing construction where installing new wiring would be costly or problematic. As investment has favored existing over new […]
On October 18, 2013, all states were required by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to put in place a commercial building energy code at least as stringent as the 2010 version of the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard. Eight states are in compliance as of October 2013. States are expected to adopt 90.1-2010 in whole […]
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR recently published an article by Craig DiLouie, LC about demand response. The article defines demand response, describes active and passive ways lighting controls can contribute to reducing demand, and features interviews with Lutron, Wattstopper and Encelium. Read it here.
California has announced the 2013 version of its Title 24 energy code, which regulates energy-efficient design of buildings. The changes take effect in 2014 and are mandatory. The California Lighting Technology Center has published a guide to the major changes. Download it here.
A survey of two groups of professionals describing themselves as electrical contractors and energy consultants, conducted by the Lighting Controls Association from its lightingCONTROL newsletter database, suggests automatic lighting controls are becoming more popular in lighting retrofits. Respondents reported lighting controls were considered in over 50 percent and installed in over 30 percent of their […]
The Illuminating Engineering Society’s TM-23-11 publication serves as a technical resource for lighting specifiers integrating control into their projects, providing detailed information about lighting control protocols. Get it here.