Commercial lighting uses about 4.0 quads of primary energy annually – more than 20% of total commercial building energy use in the United States. Lighting represents a large end-use of electricity and is often targeted for energy savings through energy-efficient lighting and control systems. Through the Lighting Systems Technology Research Team, partners work together to reduce lighting energy use by sharing insights and experiences related to emerging lighting and control systems and documenting the application of solutions. By developing resources like lighting specifications and application guidance, the Team helps build confidence and demand for higher efficiency technology.
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Selecting Lighting Control Systems GuidanceThe objective of this resource is to assist decision-makers in understanding how networked lighting control system attributes can satisfy project objectives at an appropriate cost and functionality.
Cyber Security for Lighting Systems Fact SheetThis fact sheet focuses on the cyber threats unique to lighting control systems in buildings, and helps facility managers identify the types of lighting control systems that may introduce cyber security risks.
DOE's Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program
The U.S. Department of Energy's Solid-State Lighting Program supports research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities related to advanced indoor and outdoor SSL technologies. Specific resources include:
- Solid-State Lighting Basics
- Lighting for Health
- CALiPER Summary Reports
- Solid-State Lighting Webcasts
DesignLights Consortium: Networked Lighting Controls Qualified Products List
This qualified product list provides a resource to the lighting market and energy efficiency programs to understand, evaluate, and compare Networked Lighting Control Systems. The list also identifies systems eligible for new financial incentives and rebates from utilities and energy efficiency programs across North America.
DesignLights Consortium: Lighting Controls Case Studies
In partnership with DOE and DLC Member utilities, the DLC completed several demonstration projects of various networked lighting control technologies. The technologies were selected via an RFQ process in 2015. These projects provide data and experience using new networked lighting controls. The results, experience, and lessons learned are presented in this series of case studies.
Meet the Technology Expert
Michael Myer, Senior Lighting Research Scientist with the Energy Policy and Economics Group, has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for 12 years. Prior to joining PNNL, he worked as an architectural lighting designer in New York. Michael became an architectural lighting designer after completing his M.S. in Lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his B.A. in Theatre at Arizona State University. Since joining PNNL, he has worked on a wide-ranging number of lighting projects. Michael splits his time across a variety of programs, including Building Energy Codes and Federal Appliance Standards, Commercial Building Integration, and Advanced Lighting/Solid-State Lighting. These programs provide him with a cross-cutting point of view where he can borrow and share across the programs. Michael has been involved in many field evaluations and demonstrations.