Lighting & Electrical
Lighting & Electrical
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 and Electrical 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.
Better Buildings partners participate in webinars, peer-exchange calls, meetings, and industry workshops and conferences. Browse upcoming events and opportunities to participate by month.
The Lighting & Electrical Team collaborates with researchers and industry experts to promote awareness and energy reduction through new technologies. Contact the Better Buildings Alliance to learn how you can get involved.
Recordings, slides, and transcripts from the 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit sessions are now available online. Revisit your favorite sessions from our Virtual Leadership Symposium, or catch one you may have missed.
FY2020 Sector Priorities
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.