“We get a lot of inquiries about the coming of LEDs as the lighting savior of energy efficiency and brilliance,” quipped Kelly Cunningham, outreach coordinator of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC; Davis, CA). “One of the things we usually tell people right away is that we are a research lab. We are technology agnostic or neutral and position ourselves to look at a broad technology spectrum.”
The broad spectrum at the CLTC includes daylighting, luminaire technologies, compact and electrodeless fluorescents, LEDs, metal halides and other emerging technologies. CLTC advisors find a combination of technologies most beneficial in many scenarios. They also increasingly combine lighting technologies with control technologies to, for instance, dim the light in a parking garage by 50% when no occupants are detected.
This article was published in the January/February 2009 issue of LEDs Magazine.
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