Francis M Rubinstein

Francis Rubinstein

Electronics, Lighting and Networks Group
Demand Response Research Center (DRRC)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R3111
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-3120
(510) 486-4096

Francis Rubinstein is a Staff Scientist within the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department. He leads a team whose research focuses on digital lighting controls and energy-efficient buildings. He is developing a low-cost building equipment control network (IBECS) that will allow lighting fixtures and other building equipment to be operated and controlled wirelessly from the Internet. He is an internationallyrecognized expert in advanced lighting controls research and has managed several major demonstrations of lighting control systems including the Philip Burton Federal Building for which he was awarded the Vice-Presidential National Performance Award. He was DOE’s lighting expert for the Greening of the White House Initiative under President Clinton in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and is current Chair of the IESNA Research Committee. Before joining LBNL in 1979, he spent two years as a photometric test engineer for Prescolite. He received a BA in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976.

This publications database is an ongoing project, and not all Division publications are represented here yet.



Keith, David M., and Francis M. Rubinstein. "Effect of Occupancy Sensors on Energy Usage and Peak Demand in Commercial Office Buildings: Part 1." In 2001 Conference of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). Ottawa, Canada, 2001.
Jennings, Judy D., Nesrin Colak, and Francis M. Rubinstein. "Occupancy and Time-Based Lighting Controls in Open Offices." Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society 31 (2001): 86-100. Download: PDF (270.67 KB)


Rubinstein, Francis M., and Stephen G. Johnson. "IBECS: An Integrated Building Environmental Communications System--Its Not Your Fathers Network." In 2000 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA, 2000. Download: PDF (111.63 KB)



Clear, Robert D., and Francis M. Rubinstein. "A Cost-Benefit Analysis Applied to Lumen Maintenance Controls." Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society 28 (1998): 113-126. Download: PDF (3.34 MB)
Rubinstein, Francis M., Nils Borg, Noah Horowitz, Tracy Narel, and E. Thomas Morehouse, Jr.. "Creating Markets for New Products to Replace Incandescent Lamps: The International Experience." In 1998 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, 1998. Download: PDF (63.62 KB)

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