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Evaluating the non-energy benefits of advanced networked lighting controls

Evaluating the Non-Energy Benefits of Advanced Networked Lighting Controls

This resource, which summarizes research commissioned by the DLC and conducted by Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc. (SERA), identifies non-energy benefits (NEBs) specific to NLC usage and develops a methodology for assigning them quantitative values. 

Key Takeaways
  • “Non-energy benefits” of NLCs can enable inclusion of anticipated savings from productivity gains, safety and security enhancements, extended equipment lifecycles, and more in cost-benefit calculations.
  • Developing a methodology for assigning quantitative values to NEBs will enable utility incentive program staff and others to use an expanded set of metrics for measuring the cost-effectiveness of NLC implementation.
  • Research showed statistically significant non-energy benefits from NLCs for both lighting decision makers and building occupants.
Specifying non-white light sources in outdoor applications to reduce light pollution

Journal Article: Specifying non-white light sources in outdoor applications to reduce light pollution

This journal article, originally published in Leukos on January 5, 2023, proposes a specification structure for amber light sources to increase the precision of language used in the industry, and encourages lighting standards development organizations to consider standardizing such a system. It also demonstrates that non-white light sources with well-defined chromaticity ranges outside of the ANSI C78.377-2017 quadrangles may be useful for reducing wasted light that causes sky glow, a phenomenon that is associated with approximately $7 billion in wasted energy and nearly 66 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Key Takeaways
  • A call for the lighting industry to consider developing industry consensus definitions and standards for “amber" light sources.
  • Methodology for expanding ANSI standard CCT chromaticity bins to include three new bins: 1800K, 2000K, and PC Amber.
  • Discussion of why CCT alone is not an adequate representation of the spectral composition of light, and the wide range of potential impacts to sky glow.

Outdoor Lighting Ordinances

Learn more about outdoor lighting ordinances and find the states, provinces, and cities/towns/counties throughout Canada and the U.S. with an outdoor lighting ordinance.

Seven Strategies to Mitigate the Negative Effects of Outdoor Light at Night

Seven Strategies to Minimize Negative Impacts of Outdoor Light at Night

This resource provides high-level application strategies that go beyond the LUNA product requirements for energy efficiency program staff, contractors, distributors, and lighting practitioners who are interested in using outdoor lighting that is both energy efficient and reduces light pollution.

Key Takeaways
  • Overview of the types of light pollution that affect outdoor environments.
  • High-level information for energy efficiency program staff, contractors, distributors, and lighting practitioners on outdoor lighting application strategies beyond the DLC LUNA product requirements.

LUNA Additional Reading

Learn more about the effects of light on nighttime environments.

Key Takeaways
  • Outdoor lighting design
  • Effects of light pollution on wildlife
  • Inequities of outdoor lighting

External Horticultural Tools and Resources

These resources are supplemental materials for particular areas of interest in horticultural lighting. Although these external resources and tools were not created by the DLC, they may be helpful for those in CEA industry.

Key Takeaways
  • Horticultural Tools and Calculators
  • State Cannabis Regulations

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