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Advanced Lighting Systems Team

"Advancing the development and application of energy efficient lighting systems"

The Advanced Lighting Systems team conducts research supporting the improvement in the energy efficiency and performance of solid-state lighting systems. PNNL has provided lead technical support to the DOE Lighting R&D program for more than 12 years, from the early days of LED lighting products to the emergence of connected lighting systems. Advanced lighting technologies have the potential to reduce U.S. lighting energy usage by more than one half and contribute significantly to our nation's climate change solutions. The Advanced Lighting Systems team acts as a catalyst to drive research and development breakthroughs in efficiency and performance, and to equip buyers with the information they need to successfully apply energy efficient lighting solutions.

The team has strong expertise and capability in the following areas:

  • Lighting product and system performance measurement, evaluation, and reporting based on field installations in a range of commercial building types. Documentation includes lighting and energy performance, installation, operation and maintenance issues, and economic performance.
  • Technical leadership for development of new test methods and industry standards for connected lighting systems and outdoor lighting environmental impacts.
  • Leadership of industry campaigns encouraging and recognizing application of advanced, energy-efficient lighting systems in the commercial building sector.
  • Observational research on connected lighting system performance through "living laboratories" established for indoor and outdoor lighting in partnership with Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York, and with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, respectively. These laboratories provide real-world information about system configuration, commissioning, lighting and controls performance, and long-term operation, upgrade, and maintenance.
  • Development of industry technical challenges and competitions to encourage and reward innovation and progress in lighting energy efficiency and controls performance.
  • Simulation and laboratory-based research on the potential for connected lighting systems to provide electric grid services. This work is part of DOE’s grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB) initiative to improve the flexibility of commercial buildings to respond to grid signals and support grid resilience.

Team Members

Tracy Beeson
Kelly Gordon
Bruce Kinzey
Marc Ledbetter*
Felipe Leon
Naomi Miller
Michael Myer
Michael Poplawski
Shat Pratoomratana*
Eduardo Rodriguez*
Linda Sandahl
Terry Shoemaker
Jamie Spangle
Ruth Taylor
Anay Waghale

* Intern, Research Associate, Retiree, Hourly

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Kelly Gordon
Team Lead
503/417-7558