California Title 24
For many years technological advancements in lighting have focused on the development and refinement of light sources and optical systems, along with sophisticated applications of these new lighting instruments. While innovative research continues in these areas, the California Energy Commission’s newest Title 24 energy codes (which go in force on July 1st, 2014) have added focus on the control of these sophisticated lighting systems.
The requirement of continuous dimming for all lighting fixtures enables a number of opportunities in energy management currently unavailable in existing on/off control systems such as:
- Establishment, monitoring and adjustment of maximum light levels for each space
- True Daylight Harvesting
- Lighting’s full integration into Building Demand Response scenarios
- Ability to offer users pre-set architectural lighting scenes tailored to a spaces multiple uses
California’s requirement of control ballasts and drivers, which will certainly be followed by other states, opens the doors for use of sophisticated lighting controls to harness their capabilities. In addition, the increased volume of dimming ballasts and drivers will minimize, or possibly eliminate, the cost differential between these more flexible control devices and their on/off counterparts.
For the first time a facilities sophisticated lighting system can be infinitely adjusted (behind the scenes) by microprocessor based lighting control systems to optimally deliver the illumination needs of space occupants while using a minimum amount of artificially delivered illumination – based on environmental factors such as the availability of natural daylight. With the touch of a button, users can have the right amount of light, delivered exactly where needed, all without compromise – and without wasted energy!