DesignLights Consortium® Controls Summit Recap

The DesignLights Consortium® 2018 Controls Summit was held in San Ramon, California at the spectacular San Ramon Valley Conference Center. The one-day interactive workshop focused on shaping the future of lighting controls technology and discussed ways to increase adoption.

“Listening to updates on current utility networked lighting control programs and the results of the DLC study on utility needs and best practices for NLCs was very important to us,” said Steve Bolibruck, Director of Technical Services. “We need to understand the potential rebate program design for NLCs so we can be prepared to include them in the Encentivizer™ database for our customers.It was also beneficial to participate in the Version 3.0 technical requirements discussion.”

The manufacturers in attendance were able to provide their perspective as well. They are the ones that need to be able to build the products to meet the technical requirements – it’s critical to hear what what challenges they face and the feedback they have on the evolving requirements. In Table 3: Capability and Requirement Definitions of Version 3.0, Energy Monitoring and Security capabilities were updated. These were the major additions to Version 3.0 of the Technical Requirements. Energy Monitoring (the capability of a system to report its own energy consumption and quantify how it’s working) and Security (collection of data and storage).

You can see Draft 1, Version 3.0 of Networked Lighting Control System Technical Requirements here.

Coming up in the future, the DLC is working on the refinement of the draft policy of Version 3.0. There will be another comment period in May and then the final policy will be released and implemented June 1, 2018.

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