The ILC will recognize Participants and Supporters that demonstrate exemplary performance on an annual basis.

Participant Recognition

ILC Participants (organizations including building owners, operators, and managers) are encouraged to submit projects, indoor or outdoor, that they would like to have considered for recognition. The Campaign seeks to highlight applications that have a positive impact on energy justice, diversity, equity, or inclusion. Projects that support the unique needs of underserved communities through their deployment or installation should provide relevant information in the narratives. Categories include:

Advanced use of sensors and controls for lighting

The Campaign is still very interested in how sensors and controls are enabling deeper energy savings in lighting applications and creating an enhanced user/occupant experience. This category seeks to recognize the use of sensors, controls, and other capabilities in lighting, indoor or outdoor, that go beyond the norm of general occupancy, daylighting, dimming, and scheduling approaches. In particular, the Campaign is interested in applications where sensors and controls are enabling deeper operational savings in lighting applications and/or creating an enhanced user/occupant lighting experience. Examples in this category include:

  • Exemplary luminaire-level lighting control implementation
  • Exemplary networked lighting control implementation
  • Exemplary tunable white lighting implementation.

Integrated Controls for Plug Loads and Lighting Systems

Lighting control signals can often be used to control devices that are plugged into “smart” outlets. This category seeks to recognize novel integration of lighting and plug load control systems, with a focus on energy savings.

Integrated Controls for HVAC and Lighting Systems

Lighting controls can be integrated with HVAC systems to indicate when a space is vacant in order to modify air flow or temperature set points during periods when spaces are un-occupied. This category seeks to recognize innovative approaches to save energy by managing lighting and HVAC loads together when spaces are not in use.

Other Integrated Systems and Lighting

The Campaign is seeking to recognize other ways in which lighting is integrating with other building and business systems. Indoor or outdoor projects may submit in this category. Some examples of eligible entries in this category include lighting integration with:

  • Electric grid, photovoltaics, and/or energy storage batteries (e.g., for the purpose of demand reduction, flexible load management, grid services, resiliency, etc.)
  • Asset management systems (e.g., using real-time location)
  • People (e.g., employees, clients, etc. via indoor positioning/location services, etc.)
  • Enhanced daylight system (e.g., shade control)
  • Security systems (e.g., using occupancy sensor signal or gunshot detection)
  • Automated fault detection and diagnostics (e.g., to monitor component/device/system performance) to improve operation and maintenance in a building or outdoor lighting system
  • Other innovative approaches in lighting that do not fit within the above examples

Integrated Lighting and Horticultural Controls

This category seeks to recognize exemplary projects in horticulture applications that integrate lighting with HVAC, water, and/or other systems to optimize energy efficiency, improve crop yield/quality, reduce the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides, and/or provide other non-energy benefits.

Innovative Maintenance, Operation, and Financing Service Models

This category seeks to recognize projects, indoor or outdoor, that leveraged innovative approaches to help maintain, operate, and/or finance (Lighting-as-a-Service, utility incentives, etc.) their advanced lighting installation, with an emphasis on lighting projects aligned with the ILC technology areas of interest. Some examples include:

  • Highlight benefits and experience of lighting-as-a-service (LaaS) and other similar approaches that extend product lifetime and support maintenance or improved End-of-Life outcomes (such as reuse, remanufacturing, recycling, and proper disposal of e-waste)
  • Service and/or financing models that support ongoing system optimization of advanced lighting systems to realize energy savings and improved lighting performance
  • Alternative financing options that allowed for superior technology to be installed up front

Supporter Recognition

Exemplary Supporter

ILC Supporters (energy efficiency organizations, ESCOs, utilities, lighting designers, system integrators) are encouraged to submit an overview of their efforts to support and encourage the use of advanced lighting controls and technologies that facilitate integration of lighting with other building systems in buildings to improve efficiency and performance. Supporter recognition may include one or more of the following:

  • Innovative utility programs designed to support adoption of advanced/integrated lighting systems
  • ILC partner recruiting through newsletters, webinars, blogs, or other mechanism that support the ILC and its goals
  • Referrals and number of ILC Partner joins due to the Supporter’s efforts
  • Technical assistance provided for the development of recognition submissions on behalf of ILC Partners
  • Other examples of how ILC Supporters are engaging sites in support of advanced use of controls and lighting integrated with other building systems for improved energy and building performance

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion

The ILC seeks to recognize Supporters for exemplary efforts in advanced lighting that support energy justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI), such as those supportive of, or aligned with, the U.S. DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Equity in Energy initiative. Some examples include:

  • Successful efforts to deploy advanced and/or integrated lighting solutions in underserved communities
  • Efforts targeted to support JDEI initiatives/programs including, but not limited to, supporting a diverse community and/or participants and minority-owned businesses
  • Advanced lighting programs (e.g., incentives, grants, etc.) targeted specifically to address JDEI