Advanced Lighting Control Systems
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 8:30am
48 slots available
Training Overview:

Advanced Lighting Controls Systems (ALCS) are not what they used to be. Manufacturers have invested in making lighting controls easy to install and commission. New features like Luminaire Level Lighting Control (LLLC) and re-imagined software interfaces are encouraging ALCS usage in more buildings than ever before. Through this course, participants will be equipped to explain to their customers the features and benefits that ALCS offer and how to configure them to maximize the benefit for any given situation.

Event Benefits:

After completing this class, you will have experience in:
• Understanding the lighting needs of building owners, managers, and occupants and translating that to functional specification of lighting controls
• Comparing and contrasting the varying types of ALCS by complexity, wiring methods, and application
• Commissioning (and re-commissioning) an example ALCS in minutes with nothing more than your smartphone or tablet

Who Should Attend:

Building Owners, Managers, Consultants, EVERSOURCE Engineers, NGRID Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Utility Vendors, and all those interested in Advanced Lighting Systems.


1. Introduction
a. Learning objectives
b. Review of lighting controls’ prevalence
c. Historic barriers to adoption
d. How the industry has adapted to these barriers
i. Integrated sensors and controllers
ii. Wireless communication
iii. Improved user interfaces
iv. Integrated power metering
e. How the utilities are addressing the "project cost" barrier
i. Mass Save Energy Efficiency: Review of incentives
ii. Mass Save Energy Efficiency: Trainings
2. Control Strategies
a. Time scheduling
b. High-end trim
c. Daylight harvesting
d. Occupancy / vacancy sensing
e. Personal control
f. Demand response
g. The accumulated effects of combining control strategies
3. Types of Lighting Controls and their Pros/Cons
a. Stand-alone controls
b. Low-voltage relay panel systems
c. Stand-alone fixture-integrated sensors
d. Room-based controllers
e. Simplified networked systems
f. Comprehensive networked systems


4. Networked Lighting Controls
a. Floor plan and project estimation implications of varying networked control systems, including:
i. Simplified networked, wireless, fixture-integrated sensors
ii. Simplified networked, wireless, fixture-integrated sensors and BACnet connection
iii. Simplified networked, wired, zone-based sensors
iv. Comprehensive networked, local server, wireless, fixture-integrated sensors
v. Comprehensive networked, cloud-based server, wireless, integrated sensors
vi. Comprehensive networked, local server, wired, zone-based sensors
vii. Comprehensive networked, local server, wired, zone-based sensors with DALI bridges
b. Labor, termination count, and wiring feet required for each ALCS type in a reference design
5. Application Guidance
a. How to find and search the DLC QPL
b. General criteria for choosing among ALCS
6. Application Workshop
a. Floor plans and customer-intent descriptions for five different situations, from new-build Class A office space to retrofit of cold-storage
b. Discussion prompts based on these situations


a. Identifying components of the ALCS
b. Commissioning ALCS components
c. Adjusting ALCS settings via software
d. Observe and consider ALCS interactions with emergency lighting provisions
e. Reset ALCS components back to factory default mode

Tools & References:

Materials available via email

Steven Mesh, LC, IESNA
Workshop Cost:
Registration Details:


Please register via google doc:

University of Massachusetts Department of Mach. & Ind. Engineering
160 Governors Dr. Amherst, MA 01003-9265
Attn. Alberto Morales

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