Production Scale-Up of High Efficiency Adjustable Lighting Products

Production Scale-up of High Efficiency Adjustable Lighting Products

Glint Photonics, Inc.

Recipient

Burlingame, CA

Recipient Location

13th

Senate District

22nd

Assembly District

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$1,998,889

Amount Spent

closed

Completed

Project Status

Project Result

This project was completed in 2023. This project funded the development of an initial manufacturing line for Glint's novel adjustable lighting products, which use advanced optics to control and aim LED light with unprecedented precision and efficiency. The project helped fund set-up of the California-based manufacturing and proliferation of the technology into a range of products for a wide variety of applications and mounting configurations. Learning though low-rate initial production has resulted in substantial improvements to the product design, bringing costs in line with (an even below) initial targets.

The Glint Hero lighting fixture line is now in production and enjoying widespread sales. The fixture continues to win industry accolades for its unique features, technology, and design. It sets a new standard for beam control, simplicity of installation, and economic utilization of materials and energy.

In February 2024, the success of these products led to the acquisition of Glint's commercial lighting operations by Luminii LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced solid state lighting fixtures. Manufacturing and engineering remains located in California.

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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. Utilization efficiency improvements will have to come from innovation at the luminaire level, not at the LED source level. However, luminaire level innovations in particular are often overlooked in favor of more fundamental materials-based technologies.

Project Innovation

Glint Photonics has pioneered revolutionary high-efficiency solid-state lighting products that use proprietary optical designs to provide precise control over light distribution, greatly increasing the amount of light that is delivered to the intended target and reducing unpleasant glare. The production scale-up work will focus on Glint's Hero family of luminaires. The objectives are (1) to refine the product design for production, focusing on improvements to manufacturability, quality, and cost; (2) to develop and qualify manufacturing processes, and build Glint's organizational capability to manage pilot production quality and operations; and (3) establish, qualify, and certify a pilot production line in partnership with a California-based contract manufacturer. At the conclusion of the project, the recipient will be ready to begin low-rate pilot production of Hero products and will have a strong foundation in place for scaling to mass production over time.

Project Benefits

This technology can provide up to 10.2 TWh annual energy savings in California IOU territories. This a very significant contributor to the state's Net Zero Energy building goals, as set out in the CPUC's Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and the Energy Commission's IEPR. The luminaires can also help meet the California Air Resources Board's Climate Change Scoping Plan target of 32 TWh of reduced energy consumption via energy efficiency improvements.

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.

Lower Costs

Affordability

This system lowers costs by saving energy and by reducing the number of luminaires that need to be installed in a particular space.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Peter Kozodoy

Principal Investigator

Subrecipients

Rocket

Whipsaw Industrial Design and Engineering

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Match Partners

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Glint Photonics, Inc.

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