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UC Davis Turns On Smart Lighting to Save Energy, Be Model for Californians

The University of California, Davis, today turns on a new Smart Lighting Initiative to slash the amount of electricity it uses to illuminate its buildings and grounds. Working with the UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center, the UC Davis Facilities Management team already has installed lighting energy-saving projects including:

  • LED overhead lights with two brightness levels, controlled by occupancy sensors, in campus parking structures;
  • Bi-level induction lighting, also controlled by occupancy sensors, in campus parking lots and structures;
  • Induction lights in streetlight fixtures on the north entry road (Howard Way);
  • "Hybrid" bathroom lights that combine LED night lights with conventional lights and occupancy sensors in Emerson Hall and Webster Hall dormitories;
  • Bi-level LED overhead lights in Bainer Hall corridors;
  • Advanced compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in Meyer Hall downlights;
  • LED desk lamps and bi-level overhead lights controlled by occupancy sensors, daylight sensors and people in Mrak Hall offices; and
  • A unique mirrored sunlighting device to bring daylight into interior rooms at the campus’s new winery, brewery and food-processing complex.
  • The UC Davis Smart Lighting program is expected to cost $39 million. The California Statewide Energy Partnership Program will fund $4 million of the total. The remaining $35 million will be paid for by energy savings of $3 million per year.

The UC Davis Smart Lighting program is expected to cost $39 million. The California Statewide Energy Partnership Program will fund $4 million of the total. The remaining $35 million will be paid for by energy savings of $3 million per year.

11/22 UC Davis News & Information