UC Davis Today: Smart ideas advance lighting technology

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Smart ideas advance lighting technology

The California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis is developing highly energy-efficient lighting products and educating students and the larger community about the next generation in lighting technology.

From research in state-of-the-art laboratories to in-house and outreach training programs, the center demonstrates ways to use lighting more creatively. Since lighting accounts for nearly a fourth of the nation’s electrical energy consumption, more efficient fixtures have a tremendous potential for reducing consumption. The university, with guidance and technology provided by the center, is setting an example on this front with its Smart Lighting Initiative.

By helping to introduce energy-efficient lighting into offices, workplaces and homes through partnerships with industry, the California Lighting Technology Center is making our world more sustainable.

(Students Josephine Pan and Jeanette Kim work with LED light kits in the Designing with Light course taught by Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center. The course objective is to introduce students to next-generation lighting and fixture designs. Photo by Kathreen Fontecha/California Lighting Technology Center)

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