Lighting Systems
Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Date: 6/1/95    Record No.: 10115
Contact: Francis Rubinstein, 510-486-4096

Lighting Systems
LBL is a lead player in lighting technology development, with its extensive R&D program in advanced lighting sources, fixture design, measurement, advanced controls, and education. (A detailed list of Publications of the Lighting Group is available. 510-486-5388)

For lighting, there are many different approaches appropriate in different applications and niches. There isn't and won't be a single "magic bullet" new technology. Utilities need to be informed about what is available on the market but is still underutilized (e.g., adv. controls, advanced compact flourescents, etc.) There are different solutions in different niches.

The state of the art in control systems doesn't yet permit the specifying of useable systems that will achieve energy savings. This is a subject of particular interest at LBL, which is working with the NIST-sponsored effort with ASHRAE standards committee to establish the "BACKNET" building automation energy managment protocol. LBL is also working with a utility and the GSA to propose a major advanced lighting control demonstration project in a Federal building. It is the area for utilities to get involved in, as relamping and reballasting become less interesting. Note that ESCOs can count on savings from relamping, but controls are unfamiliar, and can confuse their basic proposition of assured shared savings.