How to use luminaire-level lighting controls for flexibility, efficiency and space-use data, from NEMA/LCA

Posted by Brianna Crandall — August 15, 2022 — The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), a council of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), now offers EE302, Part 4: Luminaire-Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) as a new course in its popular Education Express program. Education Express provides in-depth education about lighting controls technology, application, energy codes, system design, and commissioning.

LCA Lutron Luminaire-level lighting controls

Luminaire-level lighting controls image courtesy of Lutron Electronics, via LCA

Luminaire-level lighting controls (LLLC) are a lighting control option in which sensors and control functions are embedded in luminaires to enable individual luminaire control. By integrating control functionality into each luminaire, control is highly flexible, responsive, and therefore generally highly energy-saving. Additionally, significantly detailed space use data can be generated as a potential feature of centralized systems.

Authored by Craig DiLouie, LC, CLCP, education director for the Lighting Controls Association, EE302, Part 4: Luminaire-Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) describes LLLC technology, system types, advantages and disadvantages, studies characterizing energy savings and cost, and what’s familiar and distinctive in regards to design and installation. As a subset of networked lighting controls, this content expands the learning in the larger EE302: Intelligent Lighting Control course.

This course is registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES) and recognized by the National Council on Quality in the Lighting Professions (NCQLP). It is also required reading to prepare for NALMCO’s Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) exam. The Lighting Controls Association is recognized by the State of California as a continuing education provider.

For more information about EE302, Part 4: Luminaire-Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) and other courses available from the Lighting Controls Association, visit the LCA Education Express page.