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Code Read

Aug 4, 2020 | Products

By Nick Berry
TLA Controls Sales Team

This is the first installment of TLA’s new blog series spotlighting insights and resources for successful lighting control design. Read on as Nick outlines the importance of understanding the Colorado energy code and shares links to tools, trainings,and application guides.

When designers and contractors ask, “what do we need for our lighting control design?”our first reply is always, “what is your energy code?”.

Understanding the energy code is always step number one in creating a compliant lighting control solution. It serves as the baseline on where the design needs to start, and from there, if desired, the system can grow, it becomes more sophisticated,we can add additional feature sets, or it can simply stay put.

Control components

In Colorado, we’re known as a Home Rule State – essentially meaning code adoption is left up to each local jurisdiction –often creating a patchwork of confusing and outdated codes. Furthermore, the IECC and ASHRAE publish new code revisions every three years, which inevitably increases the possibility of misinterpreting, or misapplying the current code for your locality.

The Controls Team at TLA was created in response to an industry-wide need for dedicated experts to correctly interpret and apply the current code requirements for every project. With a plethora of tools, presentations,and experience, our knowledgeable sales team is committed to keeping our lighting community up to date on all things energy code!

The first resource I’d like to share are the code Application Guides linked below.

Each guide shows typical commercial spaces, outlines the code requirements for each space, and shows you four different ways to create your controls solution using both nLight Wired and nLight AIR wireless:

Application Guides

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Check out this incredible new tool call METHODIK, where you can build an editable Sequence of Operation matrix in only three clicks!


Ready to learn more, or in need of AIA, HSW or FBPE credits?


TLA has added an EVENTS page to our new website, where you can access and register for scheduled and on-going virtual presentations, seminars and trainings for a full spectrum of lighting topics ranging from controls, to design, to products.

This month, we are pleased to feature three LIVE virtual sessions with Acuity.

Click Here to view Acuity’s Live Webinar Code Trainings for August 2020:

  • 8/5 @ 12PM MDT: IECC 2018 -Lighting and Lighting Controls Related Provisions of a Model (*This course is registered with AIA for 1 LU | HSW credit and with FBPE for 1 PDU)
  • 8/12 @ 12PM MDT: ASHRAE 90.1 v2016 – A Code Intended Standard (*This course is registered with AIA for 1 LU | HSW credit and with FBPE for 1 PDU)
  • 8/19 @ 12PM MDT: Visual Controls, Methodik™, nLight® Specification Builder -Tools to Design & Specify

As energy codes become more sophisticated and demanding, TLA has the solutions to keep your lighting control design simple and affordable.

And for anyone seeking a personal consultation with TLA’s Controls Sales Team, please reach out to Nick Berry (, or Rob Pries ( and we’ll be glad to set something up!

We’d also like to invite you to explore our newly re-designed website, which we hope will become a go-to resource for all your professional lighting needs.

Feedback on this post? Request for future Controls topics? Send me an email.

Thanks so much for reading!


The Lighting Agency is a local construction allied company representing the premier lighting and controls manufactures for Colorado and Southern Wyoming. We strive to be an integral part of the design process through our work with lighting specifiers, contractors, supplier and owner to createbrilliant yet budget-sensitive results for projects big and small.