Sponsors provide funding and/or equipment support for a wide variety of research projects, demonstrations, evaluations, and product development. Many companies, utilities, public benefit organizations, and government agencies have sponsored LRC research projects since 1988.
The LRC also administers a number of collaborative programs in which LRC researchers work closely with companies, agencies, and organizations to advance specific areas of lighting research, education, and technology development. Members of these programs provide important insight and guidance.
ASSIST was established in 2002 by the Lighting Research Center as a collaboration among researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations. ASSIST's mission is to enable the broad adoption of solid-state lighting by providing factual information based on applied research and by visualizing future applications. On behalf of ASSIST, the LRC conducts research, demonstration, and educational activities. Beyond technical research, ASSIST has been active in fostering discussions between traditional luminaire manufacturers and LED manufacturers. Through this work, ASSIST is helping LED technology to gain widespread use in lighting applications that can benefit from this rapidly advancing light source.
The Capturing the Daylight Dividend program provides resources to building professionals to facilitate the widespread implementation of daylighting in buildings. The program was established to build market demand for daylighting as a means of improving indoor environmental quality; to overcome technological barriers to effectively reap the energy savings of daylight; and to inform and assist state and regional market transformation and resource acquisition program implementation efforts.
The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) provides lighting specifiers, professionals, and consumers with manufacturer-specific information a nd performance data in useful formats to help them to find and use efficient, quality lighting products. NLPIP information is often not currently available or easily accessible from other sources. NLPIP is supported by government agencies, public benefit organizations, and electric utilities. To maintain objectivity, NLPIP does not accept funding from manufacturers.
Vehicle lighting manufacturers, government agencies, and the Lighting Research Center (LRC) work together to perform cooperative research and education on the roadway visibility system. The TLA advisory board, made up of representatives from each member organization, sets policy and votes on research. The initial focus is on vehicle forward lighting and visibility. By developing a research framework in this area the TLA is identifying and performing strategic studies to fill in gaps in our collective understanding and develop technology and independent means for evaluating lighting solutions.