Luminaire Level Lighting Control Study Reports and Presentation

December 8th, 2021

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) program seeks to: (1) accelerate the adoption of LLLCs by addressing barriers such as cost, product readiness, value propositions, and (2) to increase awareness of LLLCs as a cost-effective option for commercial new construction, renovation, and retrofits.

To assist with these efforts, our team led a qualitative research effort to gain a better understanding of persistent barriers to LLLC and other Networked Lighting Control (NLC) adoption. The following research questions guided the research: (1) Where are LLLC best suited and being installed?, (2) What systems seem to gravitate to what kinds of applications?, (3) Where are NLC best suited and being installed?, (4) Where are NLC and LLLC not being installed, and why?, and (5) Which value proposition messaging for LLLC resonates with these market actors? To answer these questions, surveys, and interviews were conducted with LLLC designers, product specifiers, and contractors which revealed significant insights that will support the Luminaire Level Lighting Controls initiative and related utility programs. The outcomes of this project include strategies to transform the LLLC market. The team conducted 15 interviews with product specifiers, lighting designers, and design-build contractors. Twelve survey responses from these individuals and 66 projects “journals” were also gathered.