Advanced Lighting Controls and LED

Advanced lighting controls reduced LED lighting energy use by 43%. At the test-bed site, the added savings from controls did not cover the added expense of the controls themselves. Still, life-cycle cost analysis demonstrates that currently available luminaires with plug-and-play factory integrated lighting controls can provide a positive return on investment for facilities with higher utility rates and longer occupied hours. View full-size infographic. [PDF - 254 KB]

GPG Findings 022, May 2015, Wireless Advanced Lighting Controls. Opportunity: How much energy is used for lighting in U.S. commercial buildings? 26% of electricity goes to lighting(Wireless Advanced Lighting Controls Retrofit Demonstration. Francis Rubinstein (LBNL), April 2015, p.7).>30% DEMONSTRATED SAVINGS WITH ADVANCED LIGHTING CONTROLS (ALC) (Ibid, p23) Compared to national average EUI of 4.1 kWh/ft2/yr ONLY 2% OF U.S. COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IMPLEMENT ALC (Ibid, p23) Technology: How do Wireless Advanced Lighting Controls work? Wireless Networking enables ALC functionality without the expense of installing dedicated control wiring. Measurement and Verification. Where did M and V occur? LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY assessed wireless advanced lighting controls with new fluorescent lamps and dimmable ballasts at the Moss Federal Building in Sacramento, California, and with LED fixtures at the Appraisers Building in San Francisco.Results: How did Wireless Advanced Controls perform in M and V? 54% SAVINGS 78% SAVINGS INCLUDING LED (Ibid, p.7,39) Normalized for GSA.INCREASED FLEXIBILITY IN LIGHT LEVELS TO SUIT USER PREFERENCES (Ibid, p7,39). 3-6 yr INCREMENTAL PAYBACK FOR RENOVATIONS (Ibid, p7,39). Payback:  Incremental payback between three and six years. For locations with GSA’s average energyuse intensity (EUI) of 3.25 kWh/ft2, installed costs for retrofitting with wireless advanced lighting controls and LED must be $3.00/ft2 at an electricity rate of $0.12/kWh for a 10-year payback.Deployment: Where does M and V recommend deploying Wireless Advanced Lighting Controls? INTEGRATE WITH LED FOR RENOVATIONS. Also consider for retrofits, targeting facilities with minimal lighting controls, high lighting energy use (EUI > 3.25 kWh/ft2) and utility rates > $.10 kWh (Subject to evaluation and approval by GSA-IT and Security) [PDF - 254 KB]

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Last Reviewed: 2021-05-21