DLC Report Quantifies The Non-Energy Benefits Of Networked Lighting Controls

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In January, the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) published a new report about quantifying the non-energy benefits (NEB) of networked lighting controls (NLC). The most valued non-energy benefits varied by stakeholders, but included:

  • extending the life of lighting equipment
  • improved safety and security
  • reduced maintenance
  • improved light quality

The top three takeaways of the report are:

  1. For decision-makers that participated in utility energy efficiency programs: Including the net value of NEBs in cost-benefit analyses produced a return on investment (ROI) 2.3 times higher than when only considering energy savings.
  2. For building operations staff: Net energy savings from NEBs were valued at approximately 11% of a full-time maintenance staff member’s time to provide similar impacts.
  3. For building occupants: A net increase in self-reported productivity of almost 8% was estimated for each employee in workplaces where NLCs were operating.

The report is available for free download here.

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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