CLTC Director testing different lighting color temperatures

This year is our 15th Anniversary and in celebration of this special occasion each month we will be featuring a photo from our archive. Above – established in 2004, the California Lighting Technology Center accelerates the development and commercialization of energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. The Center has full-scale laboratories for research and development, prototyping, and product testing.

Illustration of technician using a flow hood

Watch our New Video on the Importance of Filtration in Schools

Ensuring adequate filtration and ventilation in classrooms is essential to supporting the health and productivity of students and teachers. The Western Cooling Efficiency Center produced an 8-minute video on how filtration works and the steps needed to ensure the best indoor air quality. [Watch now]
desert flower

Rare Desert Plants may be More Sensitive to Solar Development

A new study published in the journal Ecological Applications from UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz warns against a potential conflict between renewable energy and species conservation goals in the Mojave Desert. This 7-year study suggests that rare species may be more sensitive to solar development impacts than common species. [Read article]
streetlights at night

Renewable Energy & Advanced Lighting Systems for Exterior Applications

The California Lighting Technology Center was recently awarded approximately $4.2M to develop and demonstrate Renewable Energy and Advanced Lighting (REAL) systems for exterior applications. The CLTC will collaborate with industry partners and seven committed demonstration communities in California’s disadvantaged and low-income areas to ensure REAL systems meet technical requirements and cost effectiveness needs. [Learn more]
2019 Daylight Harvesting cover

Update to the Daylight Harvesting for Commercial Buildings Guide

The California Lighting Technology Center released an update to the Daylight Harvesting for Commercial Buildings Guide. This publication provides guidance towards meeting and exceeding California’s 2019 Energy Code for daylight harvesting. Daylight design guidelines and Energy Code requirements are provided in an easy to read, side-by-side layout, organized into sections for each building-related discipline that impacts daylight performance. [Learn More]
NRDC logo

NRDC Joins as a New Affiliate

We are excited to welcome the Natural Resource Defense Council or NRDC as our newest affiliate to the Western Cooling Efficiency Center. We look forward to our continued partnership and work together. [Our Affiliates]

Upcoming Events

Special GEM Webinar
The Big Shift: Lessons Learned in Converting UC Davis Buildings from Steam to Hot Water
June 17 from 11am to 12pm
Energy Audit Bootcamp
June 28 & 29, 2021