In a recent article published by EC&M Magazine, Evergreen Consulting Group’s Tony Adams talks about the evolution of lighting control toward dimming, color tuning, discrete zoning, and application of multiple control strategies in the same space, focusing on luminaire-level lighting controls.
The Lighting Controls Association’s Education Express is the lighting industry’s leading online platform for free, instant, 24/7 education about lighting controls. The LCA is pleased to announce that a majority of courses now feature downloadable one-page summary sheets students can download, print, and use as a quick reference.
My blog post from April 1, 2020, entitled “Lessons Learned from Living Lab” describes a research project about retrofitting existing spaces with networked lighting control systems (NLCs). It contains recommendations for how to avoid typical of problems that may be encountered on an NLC install. This post will elaborate on some of those “lessons” and recommendations.
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) recently released an updated Daylight Harvesting for Commercial Buildings guide. This publication provides guidance towards meeting and exceeding California’s 2019 energy code for daylight harvesting.
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a report on the initial performance and reliability of chromaticity sensors used for tunable LED lighting systems.
The Zhaga Steering Committee has approved the 3rd edition of the popular Book 18 specification for outdoor luminaires. The new edition allows for architectures combining an ANSI C136.41 dimming receptacle with a Zhaga receptacle next to the architectures already specified in Ed. 2.0. Additionally, Zhaga-D4i certification of hybrid luminaires as well as control devices with an ANSI interface have become available.
On May 19, 2021, BetterBricks, a commercial building resource from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), is bringing together experts from the University of Oregon and University of Washington to host a free webinar on the potential of lighting controls to improve human health and building efficiency.
In this video, the Lighting Practice’s Emad Hasan, IALD, LEED AP BD+C discusses the impact of energy codes on lighting and how lighting controls can save energy by reducing the amount of time light is used. Emad also explores the impact on occupants and the different ways lighting designers balance code requirements, occupant comfort, and impactful lighting solutions.
In this article contributed to LEDs Magazine, Lutron’s CRAIG CASEY outlines a specification primer for educating clients on critical concepts that merge dynamic solid-state lighting with controls to optimize wellbeing and enhance the light experience in the built environment. The right equipment and approach, he says, starts with the application needs.
Cybersecurity and privacy concerns in the smart home have the potential to worsen with device ownership and demand for gadgets growing. In building their solutions, industry participants should therefore treat cybersecurity protections as the norm. Looking past functionality and user experience, privacy also needs to be factored into the process. These were among the key recommendations of CABA’s Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Connected Home Landmark Research project, carried out by CABA member Frost & Sullivan.