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The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education—pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting, and energy efficiency.


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Events Calendar
"Biological Effects of Light: Can Self-Luminous Displays Play a Role?" will be presented by Dr. Mariana Figueiro at the Society for Information Display conference on May 23.

"Plant Pathogen Control Using LEDs" will be presented by Dr. Jaimin Patel at the Horticultural Lighting Conference Europe on May 23.

Dr. John Bullough will be a panelist at "Our City Street Lighting - LED in NYC" at the Illuminating Engineering Society, New York City Section, on May 24.

"Effects of Light Therapy on Sleep, Cognition and Behavior in Older Adults with Dementia" will be presented by Dr. Mariana Figueiro at the Sleep Research Society workshop at SLEEP 2017 on June 4 in Boston.

The LRC Partner-Alliance Event will be held Sept. 6-7 at the LRC in Troy, N.Y.

The Light and Health Institute will be held Sept. 26-27 at the LRC in Troy, N.Y.

The Photometry Institute will be held Oct. 17-18 at the LRC in Troy, N.Y.
Warning Beacons for Worker Safety
The LRC and the Larson Transportation Institute at Penn State University presented a workshop to share research results on warning light effectiveness. Learn More.

Special Notices

Register for the Light and Health Institute!

LED Lighting InstituteThe next Light and Health Institute will be held on Sept. 26-27, 2017.
This two-day, hands-on seminar for industry professionals provides the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve our modern living environments with circadian-effective lighting to support human health and wellbeing. Learn More.

Photometry Institute Dates Announced

The next Photometry Institute will be held on October 17-18, 2017. In this two-day, hands-on seminar, you will learn about the latest developments in photometric testing and evaluation, including new testing requirements for solid-state light sources and systems.. Learn More.


Daylight Dividends - Using daylighting

DELTA - Energy efficiency case studies

DesignWorks - Lighting design services

Energy - Efficient products and practices

Light and Health - Visual, circadian systems

NLPIP - Product testing

Solid-State Lighting - Improving, using LEDs

Transportation Lighting - Vehicle, roadway, signal


Graduate Education

M.S. and Ph.D. programs in lighting—now offering a paid post-graduation externship option at a leading lighting manufacturer, design firm, or government organization

LED Lighting Institute

Hands-on workshop for industry professionals covering the latest advances in solid-state lighting, including IoT connected lighting, 3D printing...

Light and Health Institute

Two-day seminars that teach the many ways in which light affects, and can be used to improve, health and wellbeing

Photometry Institute  

Two-day seminars about the latest developments in photometric testing and evaluation

Outdoor Lighting Institute  

Two-day seminars on outdoor lighting design to reduce energy use and light pollution while improving safety and security

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LRC Study Finds Robust Morning Light Improves Sleep and Mood, Lowers Stress in Office Workers

Office workers who receive a robust dose of circadian-effective light in the morning experience better sleep and lower levels of depression and stress, than those who spend their mornings in dim or low light levels, according to a new study published in Sleep Health journal and featured in Reuters news.
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In the News

Lighting Patterns for Homes
A guide to lighting for health and wellbeing.

Lighting Patterns for Homes
A guide to selecting quality, efficient lighting for homes.

Working with the LRC

 Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies - Industry, academia, and government working together to advance LED lighting.
Bridging the science of light and health to practical applications, and providing objective information grounded in basic and applied research.
Conducting research to increase the benefits of lighting while reducing its environmental and monetary costs.
Collaboration of academia, industry, public benefit agencies, and government to advance the effective use of light.
Transportation Lighting Alliance Cooperative research into lighting for vehicles, roadways, and signage.
Project Sponsorship - Sponsor a research project.
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