Understanding U.S. Energy Codes and Standards
Energy codes play a key role in helping us reduce our energy consumption. They set the mandatory requirements for new building construction and major renovations.
The nation’s top three building energy codes and standards—Part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1—are used by nearly every U.S. state as the basis for local building energy codes. These codes and standards reflect the importance of using lighting controls to conserve energy. In fact, they all have very similar mandatory lighting control requirements that designers and engineers must meet for new construction and major renovation projects.
Take a moment to look at your state’s regulations: U.S. Energy Code Regulations by State Tool.
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Color-tunable lighting is an exciting and relatively new lighting technology that affords the user an ability to control light color to adapt, soften, and elevate human experiences and environments to particular functions throughout the day, on demand.
The science of measuring light, photometry, specifically applies to light in a space. Photometrics gauges how humans perceive light — its coverage area, where light cuts off and the intensity of light in relation to distance from the light source. In practical terms, photometrics shows whether a lighting plan meets the qualitative and quantitative lighting requirements for a project.
Art can use light to convey an emotion, mood or thought, transcending language. Artists have always used light to emphasize certain aspects of their works of art. How light bathes a basket of fruit, for example, or shines on a pearl earring, can accentuate an art work’s attributes. The contrast of darkness with lightness can be alluring. In modern art, only the medium has changed.
For the versatile, upscale look, designers often recommend trimless recessed lighting. The term trimless recessed refers to recessed lighting which contains no visible trim ring. The installation of trimless recessed lighting is more involved. Here are tips we believe will help ensure a clean, professional installation.
Unlike wireless lighting systems like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Mesh is designed for large collections of devices, numbering into the thousands. Switches, HVAC, sensors, light fixtures, and shades can communicate with each other by forwarding a message, or command, across all the devices in that Bluetooth chain until reaching the destination to perform said operation, (i.e. turn ON the 3rd floor office lights). The communication, instead of passing through your WiFi router, comes from the originating device and travels from light fixture to sensor, to AC unit, to any other chain of Bluetooth Mesh enabled devices, like a Bluetooth highway or a body’s central nervous system, until the command reaches the lights on the 3rd floor.