In August 2018, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released Energy Savings Potential of DLC Commercial Lighting and Networked Lighting Controls, which projects energy savings for LED commercial lighting and networked lighting controls. The report makes a case that to continue getting big energy savings from lighting for another decade, utility rebate program administrators should transition to supporting LED luminaires and networked controls.
The most popular lighting control rebates continue to be occupancy sensors, light sensors, and daylight dimming systems. The average rebate for controls is fairly high when one considers their cost, positioning them as an attractive add-on to a retrofit. In some cases, such as high-bay lighting, the rebate can almost completely cover the cost of adding a luminaire-mounted occupancy sensor.
In May 2016, the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) released V.1.0 of its Networked Lighting Control Systems Specification, which formed the basis of a new Qualified Lighting Products List (QPL). The intent was to provide utilities and energy efficiency programs a resource to qualify networked lighting control systems so they could be covered in commercial sector lighting […]
By Craig DiLouie, LC, CLCP Many utilities offer incentive programs to customers to get them to use less energy. This is based on the premise that it is often cheaper to pay customers to use less energy than to build new generating capacity to satisfy future power demand. The simplest and most popular type of […]
The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has released a Networked Lighting Controls category in its Qualified Products List (QPL). The first qualifying products will be published in June 2016. The likely result is inclusion of networked lighting controls in rebate programs that annually allocate billions of dollars in funding to promote energy-efficient lighting. Comprised of 83 members […]
The DLC has announced Version 1.0 of the Networked Lighting Control (NLC) System Specification. This specification and the coinciding Qualified Products List (QPL) for Networked Lighting Controls will provide a valuable new resource to the lighting market, utilities and energy efficiency programs to understand, evaluate and compare Networked Lighting Control Systems. The NLC QPL will […]
About two-thirds (64%) of the United States is covered by prescriptive lighting rebates, according to BriteSwitch, a rebate fulfillment company. These rebates can significantly reduce the installed cost of new lighting in existing buildings and improve payback by 20-25%, which would reduce a two-year payback to about 1.5 years. Rebates became popular in the 1990s […]
According to BriteSwitch, for the fifth year in a row, lighting control rebates continue to remain at fairly high, stable levels compared to their costs. For example, current average rebates now available include: * $32.68 for remote-mounted occupancy sensors * $30.30 for fixture-mounted occupancy sensors BriteSwitch reports: “The relatively high rebate amounts (versus the cost), […]
The DesignLights Consortium recently distributed a letter revising its application process to request information from manufacturers regarding the dimming capabilities of their luminaire, retrofit kit, and linear replacement lamp products for which they are seeking listing on the DLC Qualified Products List (QPL). Edisonreport.net has the story here.
Demand for electricity in the United States has gone up in all but four years since 1949. The Department of Energy predicts growth in capacity of 0.6% per year through the year 2040. Many states and utilities have long considered energy efficiency a resource for satisfying growing demand. According to a study by the American […]