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Lighting Controls


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About this Program

Can advanced lighting controls still provide cost-effective, energy-saving benefits after the implementation of the latest energy-saving products and systems, such as occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting, and high performance, low wattage LED products? The program answers this question for lighting professionals, energy consultants, and end-users by getting specific on applications, such as how do high-end trimming, task tuning, and automatic demand response factor into energy savings? It also covers essential non-energy related benefits that advanced controls provide, which often dwarf cost-reduction and energy-saving benefits for certain companies.

The instructor also covers broader industry questions, such as

  • Should energy codes mandate controls in lighting retrofits?
  • Can contractors and distributors be sued when hacking occurs?
  • Are lighting manufactures pushing controls because they do not make enough money on just lighting?
  • What about software licensing fees and commissioning?
  • Will it be lighting companies the Ciscos, Apples, Googles, Facebooks or Huaweis of the world taking over controls?

Learning Objectives & Take-Aways:

  • Determine when controls are cost-effective and save energy.
  • Understand the key technologies and systems, such as infrared, ultrasonic, audible and dual technology sensors, as well as line voltage and low voltage wired, power over ethernet (POE), and battery, photovoltaic and pressure activated wireless systems.
  • Understand how general networked control systems compare to luminaire light level controls (LLLC).
  • Learn what owned and non-owned spaces are and how that relates to automatic controls.
  • Understand that at least for lighting retrofits, high-end trimming, which many case studies show the energy savings from, can be avoided by getting the right lumen and wattage lighting products in the first place.
  • Realize standby wattages of occupancy sensors and some advanced control systems, when not turned off, can be 24/7.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of private and open protocol systems.
  • Attain a preliminary understanding of how advanced controls can help provide significant non-energy benefits..

Program Agenda

Day 1


Applications that controls may be cost effective saving energy with low wattage LED products

  • Daylight harvesting
  • Automatic demand response
  • Task tuning
  • High-end trimming

Owned and non-owned spaces

Standby wattage

Should energy codes mandate controls to save energy

Infrared vs. ultrasonic vs. audible vs. dual technology occupancy sensors

Occupancy vs. vacancy sensors

Various wired vs. various wireless systems

    Day 2

    General network systems vs. LLLC

    Costs coming down on some controls



    Wild west

    • Open vs. private protocols
    • Lighting companies or the Ciscos, Apples, Googles, Facebooks or Huaweis of the world taking over controls?
    Non-energy benefits

              Educational Credits

              You earn 0.4 CEU | 4 PDH | 0.8 AEE Credits for completing this program


              The program is of greatest value to individuals responsible for lighting professionals, and individuals involved in energy management and energy-related cost reduction.

              Online Training Experience

              Attending this program is an ideal opportunity to participate in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed to expand your knowledge of lighting controls. The program is presented in short 2-hour sessions over the course of two days to allow professionals to attend while still maintaining their current work schedule.

              Attendees can participate in this online program from anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection or access via smartphone/tablet. 

              Training Program Hours

              • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm US Eastern

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