High Efficiency Dynamic Lighting Systems

Developing the dynamic lighting of the future in California.

Glint Photonics, Inc.

Recipient

Burlingame, CA

Recipient Location

13th

Senate District

22nd

Assembly District

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$2,013,460

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Projects Updates/The Results

The recipient has completed the prototype of their automated luminaire. The control software has been demonstrated with upgrades to enable dynamic sensor-linked control in progress. The next task is a pilot installation including integration of their dynamic lighting products with a sensor to detect occupant location and activity, and implementation of control algorithms to optimize the lighting distribution for the room usage. Shelter-in-place orders limited the ability to develop and test control systems intended for application in public areas such as offices, galleries, and retail stores. The agreement term was extended nine months due to COVID-19 affecting both internal operations at Glint, and operations at UC Davis, where the demonstration for this project was initially planned.

The Issue

An estimated 41 TWh of electricity is used annually on lighting by California IOU ratepayers, yet the majority of the generated light is wasted. Spaces are typically over-lit in order to achieve required light levels in all areas, all the time. Department of Energy studies indicate that 2x-3x efficiency improvements are possible through improved light utilization, which represents an enormous energy savings potential. Utilization efficiency improvements will have to come from innovation at the luminaire level, not at the LED source level.

Project Innovation

The purpose of this project is to develop, smart, high-efficiency lighting products that dynamically target light to wherever is needed. For this project, Glint will develop the intuitive control systems and a luminaire motorization system to meet long term durability targets. Furthermore, Glint will demonstrate a sensor-linked luminaire that tracks room occupants and directs a task light that follows their location. This novel capability in solid-state lighting, will improve not only the efficiency with which light is generated, but also the efficiency with which it is utilized. In addition to reduced operating energy, these lighting products will provide new functionality, enable customer cost savings by reducing the number of installed luminaires needed, and provide improved lighting quality and safety in the lit environment.

Project Benefits

This technology can provide substantial energy savings in California's lighting sector, contributing to the state's Senate Bill 350 energy efficiency savings, and Zero Net Energy Buildings goals outlined in the CPUC's Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. An estimated savings of up to 18.5 TWh, annually, can be realized in California's investor-owned utility service territories, alone.

Consumer Appeal

Consumer Appeal

Customers will enjoy a variety of benefits, including: better lighting distribution, less time spent on re-aiming lighting (e.g., product displays, event centers, and galleries), and ability to remotely adjust scene-lighting (e.g., typically experienced in theaters).

Lower Costs

Lower Costs

The dynamic lighting technology will offer customers significant savings. Not only do the products reduce the amount of energy needed to properly illuminate an area (e.g., higher efficiency and fewer lighting fixtures needed), they will be offered at a much lower price than the motorized luminaires that are currently available on the market.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Peter Kozodoy

Principal Investigator

Subrecipients

Rocket

Loma Creek Inc.

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Match Partners

Rocket

Chaz Teplin

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