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3-Day LED Lighting Institute

Expanded with new content on OLEDs
and Connected Lighting Systems!

The next LED Lighting Institute session dates are June 7-9, 2016.
Reserve your seats now!

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering its popular, hands-on LED Lighting Institute—a 3-day seminar for industry professionals covering the latest advances in LED and OLED technologies. Discover the best methods for incorporating these quickly evolving technologies into architectural lighting fixture designs. Learn to develop lighting systems using the unique characteristics of solid-state lighting. Compare system components from a wide variety of manufacturers and learn about operating characteristics, rated life, lumen output, distribution, and other important specification factors. The program culminates with participants designing, building, and evaluating their own lighting fixtures. The LED Lighting Institute is held at the LRC in Troy, New York, the largest and most extensive independent university lighting laboratory in the world.

"Hands on sessions were very helpful. They helped me to retain the information that I learned."

LED Institute participant

At the LED Lighting Institute you will:

  • Learn about the latest advances in LED and OLED technologies
  • Learn about strengths and weaknesses of LED and OLED products
  • Learn to design lighting installations using LEDs and OLEDs
  • Learn to select and specify LED and OLED lighting system components
  • Observe hands-on demonstrations of a full range of LED and OLED technologies used in a variety of applications
  • Experiment with LED and OLED lighting technology by building sample lighting fixtures
  • Learn how to match application requirements with available technologies
  • Learn about the latest LED and OLED research and testing
  • Work with commercial systems to understand the pros, cons, capabilities, and limitations of current connected lighting products
  • Receive an LRC Continuing Education Certificate in LED Lighting
Institute participants will work with LEDs and OLEDs

Enroll now for the next 3-day session!

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Course fee

If you register by June 2, 2016, the course fee is $1,400. The fee for registration after June 2 is $1,500.

To reserve your place at our three-day LED Lighting Institute, fill out the registration form and include a deposit of $700 (balance due by event date). The course fee includes continental breakfasts and buffet lunches as well as all course materials and manuals. The LRC will also supply all lighting equipment.

Course fee (New York State residents)

If you are a resident of New York State (living or working in one of the following utility territories: Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation; Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc.; New York State Electric and Gas Corporation; National Grid; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.; Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation), and you register by June 2, 2016, the course fee is $560. The fee for registration after June 2 is $600.

To reserve your place at our three-day LED Lighting Institute, fill out the registration form and include a deposit of $280 (balance due by event date). The course fee includes continental breakfasts and buffet lunches as well as all course materials and manuals. The LRC will also supply all lighting equipment.

Continuing education credits

Participants will earn 22.25 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Health, Safety, Welfare Learning Units (LUs/HSW) for attending the LED Lighting Institute. Participants also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate in LED Lighting from the LRC. The LED Lighting Institute is eligible for LEED and NCQLP maintenance credits.

We have negotiated a special rate for hotel accommodations. For information on registration, travel, or CEUs, call Dan Frering at 518-687-7149, or email

"Everyone involved in the growth of the LED industry and their various applications should be a part of (this program)."

LED Institute participant

About the instructors

Andrew Bierman, MS, LC — Professor Bierman is a senior research scientist at the LRC and an expert in photometry and radiometry. He is currently conducting research on the non-visual effects of light on health and circadian regulation. Other areas of research include mesopic vision (vision at low light levels), color vision, lighting controls, measurement of lighting efficiency, photosensor technology, and fluorescent lighting systems. Professor Bierman is one of our country's leading experts in photometric measurement and is the head of the LRC’s photometric laboratories.

Mariana Figueiro, PhD — Dr. Figueiro is a professor and program director at the LRC. Her research areas include energy-efficient lighting, human factors in lighting, and working to better understand and quantify light as a stimulus for the circadian system. An architect by training, Dr. Figueiro received her Ph.D. in multidisciplinary science and her M.S. in lighting degrees from Rensselaer. She received the 2006 James D. Watson Award and the 2007 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award to continue her work in circadian photobiology. In addition to managing the LRC's Light and Health program, she serves as advisor and thesis committee member for graduate students and teaches Light and Health and Human Factors in Lighting.

Jean Paul Freyssinier, MS, LC — Professor Freyssinier is a senior research scientist and adjunct assistant professor at the LRC. His research includes solid-state lighting, LED performance, technology transfer, energy-efficient lighting design, photometry, the spectral effects of lighting, and education. Since 2000, he has been involved in lighting technology research, development, and evaluation at the LRC. His previous experience includes working as principal of design at a full-service architectural lighting and automation design firm and as project manager at an energy management firm, both in Mexico. He has taught in the LRC's graduate education program for the past 10 years and lectures frequently at conferences and seminars. He is the author of more than 35 scientific and technical articles related to energy efficiency, photometry, improved LED performance, and field applications, and co-author of two patents on LED remote phosphor technology.

N. Narendran, PhD — Dr. Narendran is a professor and director of research at the LRC. He is well known throughout the lighting industry for his pioneering research and educational activities in the field of solid-state lighting. Dr. Narendran leads a team of researchers and educators in the area of solid-state lighting at the LRC, and conducts research and educational programs to accelerate the development and market transformation of this promising technology. Dr. Narendran teaches the Physics of Light course within the LRC’s graduate education program, which includes photometry and optics. In addition, he has developed and taught courses in optics, LEDs, and fiber optic lighting. Dr. Narendran has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds several patents. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Mark S. Rea, PhD — Dr. Rea is the director of the LRC and an expert in human vision, lighting engineering, human factors, photobiology, psychology, and light and health. He is the author of more than one-hundred scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering, and human factors and was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the IESNA Lighting Handbook. His current research projects include the development of new metrics to improve the acceptance of energy-efficient lighting technologies, the study of the effects of light on circadian disruption, and research on reducing the market barriers to widespread use of energy-efficient lighting. Dr. Rea has conducted groundbreaking research in the areas of human visual performance, visual efficacy at nighttime light levels, and light and human health. His exceptional research expertise and experience along with his outstanding leadership and management capabilities are a great asset to this course.

Yiting Zhu, PhD — Dr. Zhu is a research scientist at the LRC. She manages the LRC’s technology testing and evaluation program. Her current solid-state lighting research includes optical design, phosphor characterization, LED package and system reliability, photometry and OLEDs. She has several publications in the field of phosphor-converted LED packages and received the 2007 best paper award at the First International Conference on White LEDs and Solid State Lighting. During her doctoral study, she was the recipient of the Link Foundation Energy Fellowship (2007-2009).

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