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The Ultra-Efficient Lighting (UEL) Working Group

The UEL Working Group is supported by the Photonics and Plastic Electronics KTN as part of the strategy to connect relevant communities to accelerate the introduction and adoption of new technologies into the UK leading to improvements in business prospects for UK companies. The adoption of Ultra-Efficient Lighting (UEL) is a key route to achieving substantial energy savings and carbon reduction in our built environment and in other areas of our lives. UEL is loosely defined as the combination of the following aspects:

  1. Lighting scheme design – daylighting and glare considerations, uniformity of illuminance and avoiding over illumination, colour temperature uniformity and appropriate colour quality (CRI).
  2. Control systems and functionality – dimming, occupancy and ambient light sensing being the key elements.
  3. The lamp and/or luminaire – driving to higher energy efficiencies without sacrificing light quality. This includes not only the light source but the driver electronics, luminaire/lamp optical and thermal design.

The development of UEL is intended to provide a broad approach to the next generation of lighting in terms of design, use and technology. Only through consideration of all three items will we be able to maximise carbon reduction whilst ensuring that the efficiency and comfort of the end users is not compromised but is actively considered as part of the scheme.

It is understood that defining UEL in more detail will require a level of detail which has yet to be provided. The purpose of this group is to achieve the following aims:

  • Establish a consensus on the definition of UEL and disseminate to key stakeholders
  • Provide a single voice and information portal on UEL related matters
  • Develop a strategy and roadmap for UEL
  • Help facilitate adoption of UEL in UK public and private sector
  • Help identify opportunities for UK companies to improve business prospects through UEL

For more information please email gareth@ppektn.org

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Ultra efficient lighting is key to the future with LED currently leading the way and advances being made all the time. With 40% of all energy production going into lighting it is clear that even relatively modest improvements in efficiency would have a significant impact on carbon production.
The 3 key points refer to the efficiency of the luminaire and light source but one could go further. A further step would be to include green issues, or the best use of resources and materials. A move to manufacture as close as possible to where these lights are to be used would be beneficial to the environment. Carbon emission from transport would be kept to a minimum and therefore, costs reduced. It isn't practical to manufacture every component in all locations but final assembly is certainly possible.
Key to this is cost and adoption. LED technology is good enough at present to reduce carbon emissions. Volume now needs to increase to reduce costs so that more is brought into use
Posted on 16/07/10 17:20.

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