Permlight joins California Lighting Technology Center

Jan. 12, 2006
Permlight has become an affiliate member of the CLTC and is also supporting a UC Davis class in LED lighting design.
Permlight Products has become an affiliate member of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at UC Davis (University of California at Davis).

Permlight has also sponsored a UC Davis design class that involves students in the design of "next generation lighting" for home and commercial applications using advanced LED systems.

The CLTC, established through a joint effort of the California Energy Commission (CEC) and UC Davis, conducts both cooperative and independent activities with lighting manufacturers, electrical utilities and the design and engineering professional communities.

"This industry sponsorship and collaboration in a design class is a particularly exciting opportunity for the students in enhancing their understanding of advanced technology and on how designs actually get manufactured and enter the marketplace," commented Michael Siminovitch, Director of the CLTC.

"Cooperation with Permlight as a class sponsor enhances the educational content and brings real world experience into the classroom addressing real world issues of efficiency and sustainability. Students with outstanding designs may have the opportunity to see them actually get produced and this type of experience is clearly a win-win for both parties."

Siminovitch added that CLTC and Permlight have already garnered interest from California home builders, lighting designers, and energy providers to judge the student designs.

"The CLTC will accelerate the adoption of LED systems in residential lighting applications through education and proof of concept projects," commented Manuel Lynch, President and CEO of Permlight. "We believe that the CLTC labs, training facilities, and connections to both energy providers and builders that want to adopt environmentally friendly technologies will pave the road to homes in the near future that will consume almost one-eighth of the power required to light existing homes."

The CLTC mission is to stimulate the application of energy efficient lighting by facilitating technology development and demonstrations, and offering outreach and education activities in partnership with electric utilities, lighting manufacturers, lighting professionals, and governmental agencies.

CEC's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program supports energy research, development and demonstration projects that will help improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the marketplace. The PIER Buildings Program provided start-up funding for CLTC.

Permlight is a developer of advanced thermally managed residential LED lighting products used in recessed cans, under-cabinet lighting, pathway and stairwell lighting, outdoor decorative lighting, and advanced lighting and energy control systems.