Next Generation Lighting Systems Launches Next Phase of Indoor Evaluations; Outdoor Evaluations Set to Start


Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) is launching the next phase of its evaluations of indoor connected lighting systems. The initial phase, which began in 2017, evaluated 12 systems installed in working classrooms at New York City’s Parsons School of Design, The New School. The new phase will include the upgrade of the existing systems, as well as the addition of new systems that are also marketed as easy to install and configure and consist of LED luminaires with integral, luminaire-level sensors and controls. The systems will be part of the NGLS “living lab,” where they’ll be evaluated over a two-year period for installation, configuration, control operation, lighting quality, energy savings, and user satisfaction.

The initial evaluations – representing a range of manufacturers, control systems, and luminaire types – have yielded valuable insights regarding the variety of approaches to system architectureoperational complexityconfiguration toolswall controls, and documentation. The findings from the current upgrades and installations will be published online, augmenting the repository of lessons learned from the initial phase.

NGLS outdoor evaluations are scheduled to start this summer at Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, adjacent to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) in Blacksburg, Virginia. A total of six outdoor parking lot systems will be installed on individual parking lots: Synapse’s SimplySNAP, Hubbell’s wiSCAPE, Acuity’s DTL DSN, GE’s LightGRID, Lutron’s Limelight, and Cimcon’s NearSky. Initial evaluations will focus on cutting-edge presence detection capabilities employed by the systems – including detection of vehicles (both gas and electric) and pedestrians emerging from vehicles and buildings. Overall lighting quality performance will also be reviewed, with one goal being to verify current revisions to Chapter 17 of ANSI/IES RP-8-18 (“Practice for Design and Maintenance of Roadway and Parking Facility Lighting – Parking Lots and Parking Garages”). As with the indoor systems, these outdoor systems will be evaluated over a two-year period in a “living lab” setting.

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