19 July 2012
Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) is a new Ordinance proposed by Dark Sky and the Illumination Engineering Society (IES). One of the key requirements is to use light fixtures and systems with the best energy efficiency, apart from providing a measurable framework, for limiting and fining illumination outside the target area.
Ringdale produces over 70 application specific ActiveLED light fixtures for categories such as Street Lighting, Ornamental Retrofits, General Office Lighting, Cold Storage Facilities, Covered Parking, Open Parking, Landscape and Accent Lighting. ActiveLED fixtures are currently the most energy efficient lights in each of their classes and therefore a cornerstone of compliance to the MLO.
Ringdale’s LightSpace™ and ActiveBMS® Electrical Device Management System can manage outdoor and indoor lights, conventional or ActiveLED Fixtures providing all of the control functionality required by the MLO. ActiveLED fixtures can also interface with any other Building Management System in operation today.
At this point it is not clear where and if any municipalities are going to adopt such draconian measures or merely use the MLO as a way of defining its’ own local LOs from a subset of the MLO.
Some requirements of the MLO are not yet fully thought out, such as “is the authority issuing the LO fineable for trespass of their lights such as high mast lights that encroach on fields and wildlife?”.
For some industrial applications the methodology of implementation may not be suitable. As of now there is no mechanism for getting exempt certificates or guidelines on how such exemptions outside of the scope of the MLO ought to be handled. This could be adding an extra burden on businesses that are already burdened with a very difficult economy.
ActiveLED light fixtures are fully in-situ programmable and can provide any and all such capabilities today. Ringdale power units are also fully DC or AC capable and can use battery packs for either emergency use or storage for load shift.
Ringdale makes a range of ActiveLED Solar Lights that require only a Solar panel and a battery to be fully operational, while providing all the features required to comply with the most stringent implementation of an LO.
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