The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), administered by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), has published a new series of white papers at its web site, www.AboutLightingControls.org, addressing a range of lighting and energy management issues. These white papers are available for free to building owners and managers, specifiers, contractors, distributors and other building professionals interested in energy efficiency and improving building value:
Energy Policy Act of 2005 Encourages Energy-Efficient Lighting with Tax Deduction
This special report provides a thorough description of the new commercial buildings tax deduction created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This provision allows a deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for energy-efficient building systems and up to $0.60 per square foot for energy-efficient interior lighting. This whitepaper is a must-read for lighting professionals who recommend, specify, sell, install or would own energy-efficient lighting.
Energy Policy Act of 2005 Sets New Ballast Efficiency Standards
While new fluorescent ballast efficiency rules went into effect in April 2005, another batch of rules have just been passedas part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005that will affect lighting systems starting in 2009. This time, the efficacy standards have been set high enough that the vast majority of magnetic ballastsincluding ballasts operating energy-saving T12 lampswill no longer comply.
New Technologies Set the Stage for Dramatic Expansion of Wireless Control
Wireless control is an emerging method for providing the benefits of lighting automation at theoretically a lower installed cost. This whitepaper details the low-power mesh-network protocols such as Z-Wave and, even newer, ZigBee, which enable battery-operated controls, multi-vendor systems, condition monitoring, a high degree of scalability and the potential for easier integration with other building systems such as HVAC. ZigBee, the latest protocol, appears well suited for commercial building controland may provide a very attractive option for lighting automation.
Californias New Title 24 Energy Code: Lighting Review & Commentary
In October 2005, Californias Title 24 energy code went through the most dramatic update in 13 years. Considered the toughest energy code in the country, Title 24 not only has strict power limits for lighting, but now covers unconditioned spaces such as warehouses, daylighting in certain spaces, and light pollution and outdoor lighting. Whats more, Title 24 now requires home builders to either provide manual-on, automatic-off occupancy sensors or high-efficiency (compact fluorescent) fixtures in a number of spaces.
2005 NEC Code Changes Impact Lighting Control Panels, Metal Halide Lighting
The NFPA recently published the 2005 version of the NEC, the model electrical code that is enforceable in all states and municipalities that adopt it. Several provisions in the new Code affect lightingincluding lighting control panels, metal halide fixtures, and disconnecting fluorescent fixtures prior to servicing.
All of the Lighting Controls Associations white papers are authored by Craig DiLouie, principal of ZING Communications, Inc. DiLouie is the author of four books on lighting management and a book on electrical systems design, and has written hundreds of articles about lighting design, management, maintenance and energy efficiency.
Lighting Controls Association members include leaders in the manufacture of lighting automation and controllable ballasts: Advance Transformer, HUNT Dimming, Leviton, Lightolier Controls, Lithonia Controls, Lutron, OSRAM SYLVANIA, PCI, Square D, Tridonic, Universal Lighting Technologies and The Watt Stopper.
For more information about the Lighting Controls Association, visit the LCA web site at www.AboutLightingControls.org.