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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
LRC research scientist Jean Paul Freyssinier will give a presentation at the 20th IES Mexico Section Annual Seminar in Mexico City on April 18 about recent research on white tunable lighting systems.

"The Value of 3-D Printing in Manufacturing Solid-State Lighting Systems" will be presented by Dr. N. Narendran and Dr. Indika Perera at LIGHTFAIR International 2018 on May 9, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

"Seeing Red: How Long-wavelength Light can Impact Humans, Plants, and Animals," will be presented on May 9 at LIGHTFAIR International 2018, Chicago, IL, by lighting experts Mariana Figueiro, Jaimin Patel, Leora Radetsky, and Mark Rea.

Dr. N. Narendran will speak and host a panel discussion: "LED Lighting Product Life and Failure: Why We Need New Test Methods for Accurate Life Reporting in Applications" at LIGHTFAIR International 2018 on May 10, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

On May 15, Dr. Jaimin Patel will be speaking at the Horticultural Lighting Conference Europe in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

LRC research scientists Dr. Jaimin Patel and Leora Radetsky will make two presentations at Cultivate '18 in Columbus, OH, on July 14: "Nighttime Application of Light for Control of Plant Diseases" and "How Light and Dark can Control Plant Diseases."

Special Notices

Light and Health Video Series Now Available

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) has released a series of short videos on the science of lighting for human health. The videos are now available on YouTube and on the LRC website.


Light and Health Institute Dates Announced

The next Light and Health Institute will be held on October 16-17, 2018. Reserve your seats for this popular seminar now!


DELTA - Energy efficiency case studies

DesignWorks - Lighting design services

Energy - Efficient products and practices

Illumination for Plant Health - Plant disease control

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 Professor to Chair Task Group Developing Circadian Lighting Recommended Practice
Professor ReaProfessor Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., has agreed to chair a task group with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) working to develop a recommended practice for the specification, measurement, and application of lighting to support circadian entrainment of individuals in daytime work environments. Learn more.

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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.
Illumination for Plant Health (IPH) program — Advancing sustainable, innovative strategies for plant disease control using the latest lighting technologies.
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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