Networked Lighting Controls
This table provides an overview of the incentives offered by DLC members for lighting controls. The summaries are intended to help program managers compare offerings, and to inform manufacturers of incentives across DLC member territories.
Through research and outreach, the DLC has identified several cybersecurity standards and services that satisfy the cybersecurity criteria in the NLC5 Technical Requirements. To help manufacturers and other users find an appropriate standard and/or service for their networked lighting control system, this resource provides additional information on each standard and service and summarizes their application.
- Summaries of cybersecurity services and standards recognized by the DLC
- Descriptions of the primary application and timeline for certification of the cybersecurity standards listed in Tables CS-1 & CS-2 of the DLC NLC5 Technical Requirements
Completed in partnership with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), this research builds upon the DLC's 2017 study, Energy Savings from Networked Lighting Control (NLC) Systems. The results not only improve existing NLC energy savings estimates, but also provide more in-depth savings analyses, such as savings estimates from NLC systems with and without luminaire level lighting control (LLLC), and savings estimates from high-end trim compared to other control strategies.
- Portfolio-level estimate for NLC energy savings is 49%, but NLC systems with LLLC showed overall higher savings.
- Access to NLC data varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, so there is an opportunity for efficiency programs to drive the sharing of NLC data.
- Energy efficiency programs should standardize reporting guidelines, and manufacturers should consider developing administrator-specific reporting functionality to support the energy efficiency program data intake process.
This report explores the current interest in networked lighting controls (NLC) and the benefits various stakeholders can attain from championing interoperable systems. Three actionable use cases work to show why interoperability is a core component for ongoing operation of energy savings programs and is essential for the long-lasting relevance of NLCs.
- Build a common understanding about NLC interoperability.
- Explore three use cases: External Systems Integration, Load Shedding and Demand Response, and Energy Monitoring.
- Identify design criteria and questions to ask when specifying interoperability related to NLC systems.
New research demonstrates energy savings potential that can significantly reduce our energy load over the next ten years and beyond. Energy Savings Potential of DLC Commercial Lighting and Networked Lighting Controls presents projected energy savings for commercial and industrial (C&I) utility lighting programs as well as the risk of lost opportunity if we ignore networked lighting controls. Learn about the work that lies ahead for energy efficiency administrators throughout your region and across the country.
- Networked lighting controls offer added savings potential – on average 47% additional savings are possible after LED conversion.
- Regardless of state or region, a path exists to maintain C&I lighting portfolios at or above current levels until at least 2028.
- Utility programs must aggressively pursue these opportunities using a multitude of strategies and service delivery models.
The DLC has completed a data-gathering and analysis project that develops reliable estimates of energy savings for networked lighting controls technology. The public report supports utilities in establishing networked lighting control rebates/incentives and energy savings assumptions.
- Energy savings are highly site-specific, and there is not a clear correlation between building type and energy savings due to NLCs.
- Data authorization approval must be streamlined to facilitate data collection for future projects.
- Most manufacturers do not have an existing mechanism to easily export the data required for utility program evaluation.