CA Title 24 Quick Reference: Plug Load Control – When Do You Need It?

This may not be the most popular topic but with the new 2016 version of Title 24 code there are exciting and important changes to discuss. The requirements for plug load control have remained rather the same, with a few major changes.

The biggest change for plug load control is the requirements in alterations. Alterations section 141.0(b)2 has a new subsection P (141.0(b)2P) that covers Electrical power distribution requirements in alterations. 141.0(b)2 Piv states that “Circuit Controls for 120-Volt Receptacles and Controlled Receptacles. For entirely new or complete replacement of electrical power distribution systems, the entire system shall meet the applicable requirements of Section 130.5(d).” The CEC has confirmed that this means that receptacle control is only required in alterations when the entire electrical distribution is replaced. Note, if replacing the entire distribution system, then all connected receptacle loads must meet the requirements of 130.5(d).

The areas/spaces where plug load controls are required are similar but listed with broadened terms. Private offices and open offices have been changed to Office Areas, to include any space that has office related functions being performed. This includes any room or area of a building in CBC Group B Occupancy where business, clerical or professional activities are conducted, including quiet rooms, warehouses, etc., where these functions are also performed. “Reception lobbies” was changed to Lobbies to include all lobbies within a building or space. The term Kitchenette was broadened to Kitchen Areas as to include any space within a building where there are cooking facilities or where food is prepared. Conference Rooms and Copy Rooms have remained unchanged. Hotel and motel guest rooms maintain the same requirement to control half of the receptacles using a captive keycard, occupancy sensing control, or automatic controls that switch the power off no longer than 30 minutes after the guestroom has been vacated.

The requirements for plug load control are still to install a control system: that can automatically shut off the lighting when the space is typically unoccupied, with an automatic holiday shut-off and maximum 2-hour override. At least one controlled receptacle must be installed within 6 feet of an uncontrolled receptacle or split wire the receptacles to provide at least one controlled and one uncontrolled receptacle. Modular furniture in open office areas are to have at least one controlled receptacle installed at each workstation. Provide controlled receptacles or circuits with a permanent and durable marking that differentiates them from other uncontrolled receptacles or circuits.

Be sure to check out nLight’s nPP20 PL that controls a full 20 amp receptacle circuit and gives you peace of mind when controlled receptacles are required.

https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/detail/441248/nLight/nPP20-PL/Plug-Load-Control-Power-Pack

CA Title 24 2016 Quick Reference: Local Manual Control

Where do you put light switches for spaces that are open to the public like corridors, retail spaces, lobbies, restrooms, arenas, etc? These can be locked devices, placed within view of the lighting, or controls capable of annunciating the space that is being controlled. You can use a nPOD KEY, a keyed digital dimming switch, a nPODM decora digital dimming switch, or best of all, a nPOD GFX a 16 channel single gang touchscreen dimming controller with custom digital labeling. Read on for the specific requirements and solutions by area.

With the enforcement of 2016 T24 code, there have been a lot of inquiries surrounding the changes to local manual control requirements. Per 130.1(a), it is a requirement to provide manual control that is readily accessible and located within the same room or area. The exceptions provided allow for: areas to have lighting control that is within view of the lighting (or illuminated area) or controls that annunciate the area being illuminated; and to have the manual control not accessible to unauthorized personnel.

The areas that allow for controls to be within view or annunciated are malls and atria, auditorium areas, retail merchandise sales areas, wholesale showroom areas, commercial and industrial storage areas, general commercial and industrial work areas, convention centers, and arenas. The areas that allow for controls that are not accessible to unauthorized personnel are public restrooms with two or more stalls, parking areas, stairwells, and corridors. What does having controls not accessible to unauthorized personnel entail? The CEC accepts using a standard switch within a locked enclosure, a keyed switch, a switch located within an inaccessible area with a view of the lighting or illuminated area or using a switch with the controlled area being annunciated.

Per 130.1(a)4, General lighting shall be separately controlled from other lighting systems in the area so additional switches/controls are needed if providing additional types of lighting.

Note, the requirement for dimmable fixtures to be controlled by a dimming switch that can control the fixture through all of the required steps of Table 130.1-A has moved from the Area Control requirements section to section 130.1(b)3.

T24 Compliant Control Typicals:

SDLA:  https://www.sandiegolighting.com/controls-typicals/

T24 Compliant Control Systems:

nLight:   https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/controls/nlight

nLight AIR:  https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/controls/nlightair

Fresco:  https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/controls/fresco

LC&D – Blue Box:  https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/controls/blue-box

XPoint Wireless:  https://www.acuitybrands.com/products/controls/xpoint-wireless

EchoFlex: http://www.echoflexsolutions.com/

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: LFI 2018 Recap

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no, we’re not queuing the Christmas music. We’re talking about another exciting week at Light Fair International, which was hosted in the Windy City this year, Chicago, Illinois. The venue was incredible with plenty of space for manufacturers and vendors to show off their latest lighting and lighting control innovations. After attending this popular industry tradeshow for 10+ years, I can confidently say the booths this year were the best to date. Speaking of which, one of my favorite eye-catching displays was the all-new, dynamic color changing Rubik from Acuity Brands’ Mark Architectural Lighting.

IoT, The Internet of Things, was yet again a hot topic at LFI. Many of the manufacturers who were using the buzzword seemed to have different and varying capabilities with this innovation. It’s exciting to see so many follow in the footsteps of Acuity Brands, who we know was a pioneer in the IoT revolution.

I was pleasantly surprised that track lighting is back and it’s better than ever! Manufacturers, like XAL Move-It and Bruck Lighting Smart Track had sleek track systems on display, and PureEdge was showing off their incorporated Trueline look to create a mud-in track system.  I personally believe the versatility of track lighting, the sleek, minimalistic design, European inspiration are the large drivers for why this lighting solution is making a comeback!

Could you imagine a world where lights act as a means for disinfection? I saw this idea come to life at the Visa Lighting booth. In partnership with Vital Vio, Visa introduced their “Disinfecting Luminaires”. The LED technology protects environments from harmful bacteria by emitting a white light that is safe for both humans and animals.  Looking forward to sharing the technology with anyone and everyone in San Diego who is responsible for healthcare design!  Make sure you click on the Visa Lighting Link above for more information!

Another big play in the new products category was Horticultural Lighting.  Manufacturers like SpecGrade LED, Beghelli, and Sonaray all had new products on display. Horticultural lighting, although it has been around for a while, I feel is being taken to a whole new level with technological advancements through color, wavelength, product design, and placement.  And if you think everything you have learned about lighting for humans applies to horticultural lighting, I am quickly learning that is not true!  The terminology and science that is specific to growing plants is a whole new ballgame. The manufacturers I mentioned above have great resources to help us all learn the ins and outs of effective horticultural lighting!

Congratulations are in order for many of our manufacturers who brought their A game to LFI 2018. Alphabet Lighting won top honor with their “Most Innovative Product of the Year” award for its NU Vector Series!  Other winners were Mark Lighting Chisel, Juno FlexConnect and the SensorSwitch VLP App, who were all recognized as “best of” in their respective categories.  FlexConnect also won a “Design Excellence” award.  One of the coolest products I saw at the show was the digital tension system from TLS international. See the product in action here.

Finally, LFI has always been a great place to learn from some of the best in the industry.  Having my NCQLP LC Certification, I need continuing education credits to maintain the certification and to keep up with the fast-paced and innovative lighting landscape!  I was able to take a few classes to satisfy some continuing education credit needs, but more importantly, learn more about topics that are some of the most talked about in the industry today. We strive to be subject matter experts at SDLA so we can share the information we learn with our San Diego lighting colleagues!  Understanding continuing education is important for many, we offer classes at least once a month on a variety of topics through our SDLA Academy curriculum. A quick reminder that SDLA is also an AIA approved CEU provider so we are able to deliver AIA/HSW CEU presentations on-demand when the need for credits arise!

Welcome To Our Family Eureka Lighting!

Eureka LightingDrum roll please…we are very excited to announce the newest lighting manufacturer to be joining the SDLA family, Eureka Lighting! Eureka Lighting is a Montreal-based decorative lighting manufacturer that brings a unique design approach to their solutions. Their fixture designs have been well received by interior designers, architects, lighting designers, and the like across the country. With our enhanced focus on providing best-in-class service and products to the specification community, Eureka Lighting is a great fit.

Our team has been buzzing over the news and is gearing up to hit the ground running with these awesome products.

“To me, Eureka means quality and strong design. I’m so excited to have one of my favorite lines on board!” – Laura Ramirez, Specification Sales

“I am very excited to represent a line that has such a wide range of unique architectural lighting that can be used to compliment so many different types of projects.” – Kristin Miller, Principal/Operations Manager

“I’m so excited that we are adding one of the leading decorative lighting manufacturers in North America to our SDLA family! Their wide range of solutions will enable us to better provide a complete package for our customers.” – Maronee Rodenberger, Specification Sales

As you can see our team is really excited about our new addition! So much that we’re installing some of their key features in our office as well.  Also, if you want some true decorative lighting design inspiration, you’ll want to check out their latest Volume 9 Catalog!  We have a stockpile here that we will be distributing soon or you can request your copy by clicking here.

Finally, help us welcome Eureka at our next designer luncheon series, which will be held on May 24th! RSVP by emailing Amanda Ivko at amandai@sdltg.com for an all-inclusive opportunity to witness, first-hand, everything this line has to offer!

Our Bi-Annual Agency Show: A Truly Bright Event

An event that shines so bright we bring it to you twice a year! Our bi-annual agency show was held on March 8th and we experienced record attendance for any of our agency shows, ever!  Thank you to all who came out! This time around, the SDLA team chose to host the event at the eclectic wine bar, 57 degrees in downtown San Diego. Interior designers, architects, electrical engineers, electrical distributors, electrical contractors and other decision makers filled the venue from 3-7 PM to check out new lighting products and solutions from 10 different lighting and lighting controls manufacturers.

The show-stopping roster of manufacturers in attendance included Acuity Brands (Mark Architectural Lighting, Lithonia Lighting, Gotham Downlighting, Juno Downlighting, and nLight), Sunoptics, Chauvet/Illuminarc, v2 lighting group, XAL, Myers Power Products, Kurtzon, Targetti and Impact Architectural. With each new event, we strive to appeal to many different professionals and feature manufacturers that have various product offerings. The well-rounded event received great reviews and was positioned to help those in broadening their horizons in their lighting fixture selection and design choices! Along with the opportunity to browse the latest innovations in lighting, the attendees were entered into a silent auction with the chance to win prizes ranging from Disneyland tickets to a GoPro 5. Attendees also had the exclusive opportunity to view a sneak peek of our newest product line launching later this week, stay tuned for more exciting details!

If you attended the show and are interested in learning more about a product or manufacturer, please email me at brianr@sdltg.com.  Also, don’t miss out on our next bi-annual agency product show on September 20, 2018! Details to be announced soon!

Lightovation: The ‘Brightest’ Event in the Lone Star State

This past month, Danny Cortez and I were in Dallas for the bi-annual industry show, Lightovation, and we learned that everything, most definitely, is bigger in Texas! Lightovation is hosted at the, massively impressive Dallas Market Center which allowed for hundreds of vendors and manufacturers to meet and display their best and “brightest” products for the new year. Lightovation, already known as the industry’s largest trade event, upped the antsy this year by introducing a 15,000 square-foot showroom that featured an unprecedented range of new designs. This show was a great jumping off point for the upcoming year and a great preview of what can be expected from the industry!

In Dallas, we were supporting our manufacturers that had showrooms on display. Our partners, Pure Edge Lighting, BlackJack Lighting and Eurofase products on display in the showrooms at Lightovation and we had the opportunity to support them throughout the two-day event. We led discussions with our partners that surrounded showroom business and industry trends.

One trend that stole the spotlight were all the LED, energy saving, lighting options. Homeowners will be pleased to know that manufacturers had plenty of lighting options that were both eco-friendly and stylish! Showrooms were filled with LED, energy saving lighting trends that wouldn’t require homeowners to sacrifice design to be environmentally conscious.

Want to learn more about our time at Lightovation or our experience with showrooms? Email me at Brianr@sdltg.com and be sure to check out photos from the show in the gallery below!

Introducing the Designer Luncheon Series

Just a couple weeks ago, we hosted our very first Designer Luncheon series and it was a total hit! Lighting designers, architects and interior designers joined us at Bencotto Italian Kitchen for lunch and an awesome keynote presentation from PureEdge Lighting. We encouraged guests to bring canned goods for our annual food drive and those who did were given raffle tickets for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or holiday basket.

We are excited about how great the first event in this series went. In fact, we hit the venue’s capacity within one week of promoting it!  The idea behind these events is simple: reserve a San Diego hot-spot so our guests can break away from the chaos of the day-to-day and enjoy a great meal while learning about the latest in a variety of lighting design and technology trends from some of the most reputable lighting experts in the industry!

So with that in mind, we are ready to make the official announcement for our next event! You are hearing it here first! The next Designer Luncheon is scheduled for February 22nd at 11:30 at Herb & Wood in Little Italy, which was featured as “One of San Diego’s Most Stylish Restaurants” by The San Diego Tribune! We will be featuring LucePlan Lighting who will cover acoustic design in lighting fixture design, a HOT topic these days. And as an added bonus, this presentation will also offer 1 AIA/HSW credit upon completion!

Lighting designers, architects, interior designers, and anyone interested in joining us for these special events can register for the next event in the series by emailing Brian Rhea at Brianr@sdltg.com. Reserve your spot ASAP because these events will hit capacity!

Introducing the SDLA Academy

We are so excited for all 2018 will bring…including the launch of our SDLA Academy training and education program! This isn’t like any ordinary training and education program.

We intend to be your one-stop-shop for all things lighting and lighting controls training! Whether you prefer in-person, classroom-style training, hands-on workshops, online/on-demand training, AIA/Continuing Education credits, etc., we have something for everyone.

Beginning in January, we’ll host free educational seminars and workshops in our new state-of-the-art office. The course offering will cover a wide variety of topics from a myriad of industry experts! An outline of the course topics for the first 6 months is listed below. We also want your feedback. If there is a pressing topic you’d like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to let us know. We have many resources we can pull from in order to meet your needs!

In-person course topics for the first 6 months include:

January 30, 2018: Daylighting and Tunable White Lighting Solutions for Human Satisfaction (presented by Acuity Brands VP/GM of Sunoptics) – 1 AIA CEU

February 22, 2018: Acoustic and Lighting Fixture Design (presented by Ken Downing, AIA, Luce Plan Lighting) – 1 AIA/HSW CEU

March 2018: nLight Lighting Controls – Wireless, Internet of Things Integration, BMS Integration, Tunable White, Revenue Grade Metering – Taking Lighting Control to the Next Level

April 2018: Visual Lighting Software Workshop

May 2018: Lighting for the Learning Environment – 1 AIA CEU

June 2018: Parking Garage Lighting Design, Lighting Control, and Life Safety Best Practices

A majority of the training sessions will be held during the lunch hour – we’ll provide the lunch! There will be a few exceptions for half-day trainings as well.

The new SDLA Academy is a great opportunity for people to achieve their required credits in-person, or for anyone looking to expand their industry knowledge in an engaging, hands-on way. Can’t make one of the trainings? Don’t worry, we’ve got a couple of options for you!

– We will be recording each session and housing it in a video archive on our online portal for you to view on-demand at your leisure.

– For those of you who still really want the in-person training, contact us and we can conduct the training at your office!

– We are the only lighting agency in San Diego that is an AIA approved provider of CEU presentations, so we can come to you to deliver these accredited presentations as well!

– Want even more? There will be a link to Acuity Brands’ online training and education portal called “Acuity Academy” from our website which houses many more on-demand training options!

The first session will cover the topic Light for Human Satisfaction and will be held on January 30, 2018, at 12:00 PM at our SDLA Training Center (5625 Ruffin Rd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA, 92123).  For more information and to register, go to our online portal!

Be sure to stay tuned for announcements on the future events and email me at Brianr@sdltg.com with any questions!

LightShow West

Our spec team recently hosted 15 of our electrical engineering friends on a day trip to Los Angeles to attend Lightshow West. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lightshow West is a biannual event where lighting professionals can come and see all manufacturers and new lighting trends in one place.

It’s important to us that our friends don’t miss the event because of the 2.5+ hour drive from San Diego to Los Angeles. To help alleviate fighting LA traffic, we rent a charter bus full of goodies to transport everyone to and from the event. At the event, there is a ton to see in just one day, so our guests were given a map with our manufacturers’ booth locations highlighted to make self-guided tours easier and more efficient.

After a busy morning, we treated our guests to a complimentary lunch we sponsored with Acuity Brands at the Palm Restaurant in downtown LA. As a fun bonus, we gave guests the option to stay over-night in West Hollywood and take a tour of Artemide Lighting’s Showroom the next morning. Artemide’s showroom is always a great place to visit because they specialize in the development of lighting designed by designers and architects, which means a lot of unique, one-of-a-kind light fixtures!  And you never know who will stop into the showroom while you’re there – it is frequented by many of LA’s A-List Elite celebrities!

Overall, everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to doing it again in 2019! If you are interested in joining us next time please feel free to contact Brian Rhea at Brianr@sdltg.com.

It’s That Time of Year – Our Summer Spec Product Show!

Summer Spec Product Show. Last week we had a blast hosting our Summer Spec Product Show,
where we demonstrated how to mix cutting-edge technology with architectural and decorative solutions that also meet local codes. Thanks to everyone who was involved – we had a great turn out from the specifications community, and the nine manufacturers who participated in our event impressed the crowd with their products and knowledge.

We also held two CEU courses (one being AIA accredited) during the program.  Our first course was an AIA accredited CEU presentation, lead by yours truly (Brian Rhea). The presentation was called Specifying Architectural Lighting and Controls with Confidence. Over lunch, we covered everything from specification language for LED products, all the way to reviewing design challenges and problem-solving.

And back by popular demand… Danny Cortez led his infamous training on Title 24 2016. He covered the changes in the 2016 commercial code and made sure attendees had the information needed to ensure their projects comply.  It was all a great series of events blending learning with thoughtful discussion.

A big thank you to all our wonderful attendees for helping make our event so successful and the best one to date!  Shout out to Acuity Brands, A-Light, Artemide, Lauren Illumination, LEDRA Brands, Pinnacle Lighting, Spec Grade, Targetti | DuraLamp and UltraLights for their time, product displays and insightful information.

Stay tuned for announcements on future events we will be
holding.  I can assure you, you won’t want to miss what we have planned for our valued partners!  Also, be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) for updates on future events, training and education, and product updates.