The National Association of Lighting Maintenance Companies (NALMCO), in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), oversees and certifies lighting maintenance companies operating within the US. The two organizations form the Joint IES Lighting Maintenance Committee, a body that creates lighting industry standards, including RP-35-15 and the new Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) certificate.
CLCP certification recognizes expertise in the control, design, and application of networked lighting control systems. A CLCP certified lighting technician acquires comprehensive knowledge in two core aspects of advanced networked intelligent lighting, namely:
- Troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of miniature onboard electronics used in achieving precise and automated control in networked lighting systems
- Proper implementation of different wireless control technologies used in the wireless control of networked lighting installations
CLCP certification equips lighting technicians with the skills needed to maintain energy-efficient networked intelligent lighting systems, a mandatory requirement in new commercial buildings within the USA.
Shift to LED Networked Intelligent Lighting
The Joint IES Lighting Maintenance Committee liaises with the Design Light Consortium (DLC), a body facilitating the adoption of energy-saving networked lighting control systems in existing buildings. The DLC came up with the Qualified Products List in 2016 to streamline the transition to LED-based lighting systems as part of the ongoing lighting rebate program. This government-led initiative is behind the growing demand for networked intelligent lighting systems.
The increased adoption of networked intelligent lighting means that lighting companies must ensure that their staff can competently install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair these advanced lighting systems. Doing so is especially important because networked intelligent lighting systems are particularly sensitive to installation and application errors.
Implementation of Networked Intelligent Lighting Solutions
Shifting to a networked intelligent lighting system is a multistep process involving the following key stages:
During this initial stage, the home/building owner selects a networked intelligent lighting solution that is best suited for their building using the DLC Qualified Products List. The building owner needs competent guidance from a CLCP certified lighting professional in three key areas:
- Applications of the networked intelligent lighting solution, i.e., lighting systems for functional use embody a modular design that allows the parallel installation of multiple units. Networked Intelligent lighting for aesthetic use, on the other hand, are typically stand-alone systems.
- The technology used in the networked lighting solution, i.e., these systems use a variety of sensors, including light-sensors and motion-sensors, which affects how the system is used once installed.
Installing the System
Installation of networked intelligent lighting involves the firm mounting of individual lighting modules, proper placement of sensors, and installation of user control interfaces. A competent CLCP certified lighting technician must perform all the three tasks to ensure the networked intelligent lighting solution is installed correctly.
Testing the Networked Lighting System
In the testing stage, a qualified CLCP certified technician tests various features of a network intelligent lighting system. These include:
- Smart sensors: The technician confirms whether the sensors function properly.
- Wireless control: He/she ensures that the handheld remote, wall-mounted user module or Android/iOS app correctly adjusts different lighting aspects, including light output levels, dimming, auto-timeout, and others.
- Software and hardware: The technician checks whether the software and hardware components of the networked intelligent lighting system are up-to-date and error-free.
Once the chosen networked intelligent lighting system is successfully installed and tested, the building owner and lighting contractor create a periodic maintenance schedule. This means that a CLPC technician will conduct periodic inspections of the networked intelligent lighting system.
Inspections can precede sensor calibration to suit new lighting applications, repair and replacement of defective components, and software upgrades to the networked intelligent lighting system for enhanced functionality.
CLCP certification and other NALMCO-IES regulations assure home and building owners that they receive lighting maintenance services from qualified and competent lighting technicians. By ensuring that networked intelligent lighting systems operate at optimum efficiency, NALMCO-IES certified technicians allow home and building owners to make considerable energy-savings, which lowers building maintenance costs.
Reference: Lighting Design + Application Magazine | Vol. 47 No. 2