The purpose of this project is to maximize energy efficiency and service life while reducing cost for lighting panels in commercial and residential buildings. The proposed approach is to establish a new technology platform for making novel lighting luminaries at customary sizes and ready for replacement "drop-in" for lighting fixtures on a grand scale for commercial and residential customers. The benefits of the project, as related to the California Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) electricity ratepayers, are to lower the energy use for indoor lighting, reduce peak demand and lectric grid loads to improve grid reliability, and eliminate the risks associated with fluorescent tube breaks to increase safety.
The project will involve manufacturing and product testing to be performed at existing laboratory facilities and large commercial/institutional stake-holder facilities. The products to be tested will be advanced distributed energy resource products that are relevant to large commercial and residential customers, which will include LED lighting, energy management and information systems. The tests that will be performed are temporary in nature and will require only minor alterations to existing structures.