Electronics, Lighting and Networks

Electronics, Lighting and Networks

Electronics, Lighting and Networks researchers are dedicated to understanding the energy implications of electronics, lighting and networks, and saving energy through these technologies.

Electronics is a new category of energy use: it consists of devices whose primary function is to process information. Lighting is closely tied to electronics because of the increasing overlap of illumination and information. Electronics—from PCs to TVs to LEDs—have many unique energy-related features. For example, one device's energy use or functional state may be determined by other devices on the same network. Electronics and networks products appear in every sector—from buildings to the grid—and in many forms, but the technical issues related to energy use are similar.

Recent research covers such diverse areas as energy-efficient Ethernet, energy use of set-top boxes, and the user interfaces of thermostats and lighting controls.

Publications by Organization



Nordman, B., A. Khandekar, M. Spears, and M. Pezzola, A Simulation of Local Power Distribution Control Strategies, in 2017 IEEE Second International Conference on DC Microgrids (ICDCM), Nuremburg, Germany, 2017.
Vossos, V., S. Pantano, R. Heard, and R. E. Brown, DC Appliances and DC Power Distribution: A Bridge to the Future Net Zero Energy Home, in 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting , 2017.


Shehabi, A. et al., United States Data Center Energy Usage Report, 2016.


McKane, A. T., P. Sheihing, T. Evans, S. Glatt, and W. Meffert, The Business Value of Superior Energy Performance, in 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, Buffalo, NY, 2015.


Meier, A. K. and H. - P. Siderius, Assembling Appliances Standards from a Basket of Functions, in 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, California, 2014.