DOE Integrated Lighting Campaign Recognizes NEEA’s Office

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The Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) recently recognized the Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) installation at NEEA’s Portland headquarters, as an exemplary project of the benefits when advanced lighting technologies are installed and thoughtfully deployed. The ILC is a U.S. DOE program designed to help facility owners, operators and managers save energy and money in their facilities. The recognition event was held at the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) 2022 Annual Conference on August 18. Read the complete recognition announcement on DOE's website

The 2021 LLLC installation at the NEEA office was years in the making, and it came true in part with the support of a large grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that covered about half of the costs.

NEEA collaborated with DOE’s Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) program to make the office a Living Lab location. It is just one of three Living Lab locations in the United States.

It is estimated that NEEA’s LLLC system will save up to 70 percent of energy each year. Its fully digital and granular settings give infinite control over color, power, and data collection.

One positive difference officegoers may notice is the color tuning throughout the day, which provides a more comfortable lighting environment for everyone. Also, NEEA along with the NGLS team will start a research study during the summer of 2022 that will be focused on color tuning. The team will analyze how well color temperatures from different manufactures’ fixtures match and how the circadian lighting works holistically.

NEEA is already making plans for the LLLC system to connect with its HVAC system for even more granular automation and energy savings. It also brings implications to the health of officegoers because the sensors can communicate with the HVAC system to deliver fresh air where it is needed and when it is needed. The embedded sensors provide temperature at each fixture for a potential 2023 study of best practices for programming an HVAC system that has hundreds of temperature data points.

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