Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, discusses the history of fluorescent lighting.
Siminovitch, as well as fellow experts Michael Neils and Timothy Tutt, discuss the growing popularity of CFLs, as well as the obstacles that could challenge widespread CFL adoption.
Michael Neils is President of M. Neils Engineering, Inc., a Sacramento-based electrical engineering consulting firm, which is active in the design and specification of lighting systems. Mr. Neils has over 37 years experience in the engineering design of a wide range of electrical systems.
He is co-founder of the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professions, (NCQLP) a non-profit organization established to serve and protect the well-being of the public through effective and efficient lighting practice. From 1982 through 1991, Mr. Neils was a member of the California Energy Commission Professional Advisory Group, as liaison representative of the Illuminating Engineering Society.
He has served as Chairman of the Professional Advisory Group lighting subcommittee and in 1989 conducted "An Investigation of School Lighting Standards and Design Practice" for the California Energy Commission. From 1987 through 1993, he served as Chairman of the Commission's Advanced Lighting Professional Advisory Committee (ALPAC) that was responsible for establishing the scope and review of the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, which earned a U.S. Department of Energy publication award.
Michael Siminovitch is Director of the California Lighting Technology Center and Professor of Design at UC Davis. His work entails research and development in new residential and commercial lighting technologies.
Dr. Siminovitch works with manufacturers, utilities, and state agencies to test and demonstrate next-generation lighting systems. He has developed many successful lighting products, such as the Berkeley Lamp, which saves three-quarters of the wattage used by traditional lamps.
Dr. Siminovitch has also developed an innovative fluorescent down lighting system for commercial and residential spaces, high performance torchiere, high efficiency sulfur lamp, and fiber optic illuminators.
Timothy Tutt manages the Appliance and Process Energy Office at the he California Energy Commission. Formerly, he was Advisor to Chair Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, served as the Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program, and worked for five years on energy efficiency, air quality and demand forecasting issues.
Prior to joining the Energy Commission in 1990, Tim was at Southern California Edison for eight years and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 3 years.