Newport, in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is currently working on a project to demonstrate the effectiveness of LED lighting technology. The project intends to address some of the current market barriers being experience by LED lighting (cost, appearance, compatibility, awareness) by demonstrating the benefits of the technology. Five single-family homes throughout New York State will be outfitted with a professionally design whole-whole LED lighting system. Newport has teamed with Phillips to install the LED bulbs and fixtures and Lutron will be providing their new, pocket-friendly Caseta wireless control system. Working with two leading manufacturers provides further assurance that the homes will be outfitted with high quality products that will portray the benefits of LED lighting technology. Each home will be monitored for electrical consumption (the lighting will be kept separate from the rest of the electrical use in the home) and, along with supplemental information such as homeowner/ builder surveys, will be used to analyze the effectiveness of LED lighting.
WE'RE IN THE HOMESTRETCH
At the end of this month, the monitoring portion of the Solid State Lighting demonstration project will be complete. The information garnered will be analyzed, reviewed, interpreted and compared to code minimum equivalent homes to see what the actual savings of a 100% LED lit home. In addition to just pure savings with respect to energy, money and carbon footprint by using the LED’s the project will also take into account how the homeowners actually perceive their lighting package.
The homes range in size from a single story approximately 1200 squar foot to a 4,450 square foot four story net-zero home. Each lighting design was based first upon the builder’s standard package of lighting and upgraded to include 100% LED lighting throughout the house. The lighting designs included all types of lamps and fixtures available at the time of construction. Stay tuned for the final conclusions that will be drawn from all the data collected throughout the project. Initial reviews of the data show promising results.
Even more astonishing than the associated savings of incorporating LED lighting into the homes is the advancement of the LED lighting technology itself. This project first began in the summer of 2014 with the monitoring portion finishing up here in August 2016. Over the course of these two years, not only did the LED lighting become more advance and inexpensive, the style and availability of almost every type of lamp imaginable can now be found in an LED version. Building codes are struggling to keep up with these advancements as well.
Who knows what the future will eventually hold, with the low power requirements of the LED’s and the integration of more and more technology into these bulbs and fixtures, will all wiring in a home soon be of the low voltage variety?
ENERGY CODE AND LEDS
A major factor in the rapid advancement in lighting in recent years has been the development of LED technology. The 2015 IECC requires 75% high efficacy lighting. Learn about what types of lights comply and how LEDs are changing the residential lighting market.
LED LIGHTING DEMONSTRATION OPEN HOUSE
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