USU working on smarter lights

One of the academic research projects receiving state funding would automatically adjust interior lights to suit the needs of people working inside buildings. Researchers at Utah State University call it a leap beyond ordinary motion sensors that turn on lights when people enter a room. The technology would allow room lights to adjust their brightness where and when people need it the most, while keeping other lights that are not needed off. The project has received $5 million in seed funding from the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative. Utah is using state money and federal stimulus funds to leverage long-term research projects with a commercial potential.

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