DesignLights Consortium and Lighting Controls Association Join Forces to Improve Network Lighting Controls Training

LDS LCA DLC 400

June 1, 2022

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) and the Lighting Controls Association (LCA) have announced an agreement to collaborate in the offering of online courses that advance students’ knowledge of networked lighting control (NLC) technology and applications.

2020 study by the DLC and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) found that adding NLCs to LED lighting projects yields additional energy savings of nearly 70 percent for some building types and averaging 49 percent across a variety of building categories. For various reasons, however – including inadequate training, the technology remains under-utilized and its energy savings potential largely untapped. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the DLC and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (the LCA’s parent organization) announced today will help boost adoption of NLCs by filling this need for greater awareness and understanding.

“By supporting the LCA’s online Education Express program, we are expanding the reach of practical, high-quality training about NLCs and thus expanding the community of professionals who will be eager and able to adopt this transformative technology,” DLC Executive Director Christina Halfpenny said. “We are especially excited about bringing more education about lighting controls to members of the building industry.”

With advent of this collaboration, the DLC will continue to offer its longstanding in-person NLC training but will sunset its online offerings to support the LCA’s Education Express courses. Since the DLC’s trainings are primarily offered through DLC members (i.e., utilities and energy efficiency programs), the DLC’s support of the Education Express platform will introduce additional lighting stakeholders to NLC education, while providing DLC members and their trade allies with fresh new courses.

“The Lighting Controls Association is proud to be recognized by the DLC as a leading industry educator and as a resource for commercial lighting rebate program trade ally training,” said Charles Knuffke, Systems VP & Evangelist, Legrand Wattstopper and chair of the LCA. “With this recognition, we are excited to support effective application of lighting controls promoted by rebate programs, notably advanced control solutions identified in the DLC’s Qualified Products List for Networked Lighting Controls.”

Under the MOU, DLC joins other industry organizations that recognize and use LCA’s training materials. The Education Express website will note that its online courses are “recognized by the DesignLights Consortium as a preferred resource for lighting controls instruction.” The DLC has identified and will recommend specific courses that align with the DLC’s NLC5 Technical Requirements.

All Education Express online courses are free, easy to navigate, allow students to learn at their own pace, include course conclusion quizzes with real-time results, provide auto-generated completion certificates, and enable students to earn Continuing Education Units. In addition, Education Express

·       Offers more than 67 hours of instruction available in 31 learning modules on a wide range of topics, including lighting control technology, application, design, energy codes and commissioning; and

·       Has enrolled more than 42,000 students as of April 2022, with over 390,000 learning modules completed (representing more than 500,000 hours of instruction), and over 280,000 online tests completed for education credit.

Under provisions of the MOU, the LCA will list the DLC on the Education Express website as an accrediting/qualifying organization and Education Express course descriptions will indicate that the DLC has identified courses “as relevant to the DLC’s NLC Technical Requirements.” The DLC, in turn, will direct members of the building industry to Education Express, which it now recognizes as its primary third-party education provider for lighting controls. Education Express courses are now also listed on the DLC NLC training page.

The MOU also calls for the LCA to create two new courses this year – one on luminaire-level lighting controls and another on controls and rebates, which will include a brief description of the DLC and its technical requirements and Qualified Products Lists. For more information, please see https://www.designlights.org/our-work/networked-lighting-controls/lighting-controls-training-programs/ and http://aboutlightingcontrols.org/EducationExpress

 

Related Articles


Changing Scene

  • Magic Lite Goes Off Grid on The Magnetawan River

    June 20, 2024 by Anantkumar Desai Imagine waking up every day to the tranquil beauty of nature, knowing your home doesn’t just sit on the earth—it partners with it. That’s the dream Barry and Lorraine Burton made real on the banks of the Magnetawan River, Off Grid. With over 25 years in the lighting industry, Barry’s… Read More…

  • Ascot Aquires NRG Management

    June 20, 2024 Originally Posted on Linkedin Ascot Capital Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired NRG Management inc., a local lighting agent in the Quebec market. NRG will begin representing Stanpro for projects effective August 5, 2024, which will allow Stanpro to participate more effectively in specification projects and design-build than it… Read More…


Design

  • Resilience Illuminated: Reviving Westminster Pier Park After Devastating Fire

    Resilience Illuminated: Reviving Westminster Pier Park After Devastating Fire

    In September 2020, the picturesque city of New Westminster near Vancouver in British Columbia suffered a devastating setback when an intentionally set fire destroyed much of the city’s waterfront park, including its urban beach, sand volleyball courts, and iconic art installation known as Wow Westminster. The fire, which burned for ten days before firefighters could… Read More…

  • Lumentruss Case Study: The Honeyrose Hotel’s Beautiful Redesign

    Lumentruss Case Study: The Honeyrose Hotel’s Beautiful Redesign

    May 30, 2024 A unique example of intimate spaces created using Lumentruss products at the Honeyrose Hotel. HONEYROSE Hotel, Montreal, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. The beautifully inspired Art Deco boutique hotel located in the heart of Montreal is an exemplary demonstration of integrating layers of light into the architectural design to bring the architecture to… Read More…


New Products

  • Eralux Inc. Unveils Flexa: The Elegantly Flexible Decorative LED Tube Lighting Solution

    Eralux Inc. Unveils Flexa: The Elegantly Flexible Decorative LED Tube Lighting Solution

    June 20, 2024 Eralux Inc. is excited to announce the launch of its latest product, Flexa, a revolutionary decorative LED tube that brings unparalleled versatility and elegance to lighting design. Flexa is designed to transform any space with its unique ability to be manipulated into virtually any shape, offering endless creative possibilities. Whether you want… Read More…

  • LED Lighting for Modular and Prefab Home Construction from Earthtronics

    LED Lighting for Modular and Prefab Home Construction from Earthtronics

    June 20, 2024 As the construction industry evolves, modular and prefab homes are becoming increasingly popular due to their efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainable building practices.  Modular homes are built in sections at a factory and then assembled on-site, offering faster construction times and less waste. Prefabricated homes, similar in nature, are manufactured off-site in advance, typically in standard sections… Read More…