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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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Dr. John Bullough will moderate the session, "Weather-Related Aspects of Visibility," and present the paper, "Luminance Measurement and Visual Performance Analyses of Raised Pavement Markers," on January 9, 2018 at the Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Dr. Mariana Figueiro will present, "Lighting for visual performance, circadian health and safety in older adults," a global event webinar produced by Philips Lighting University on January 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Dr. N. Narendran and Dr. Indika Perera will present, "3D Printing for SSL Components and Fixtures" at the Strategies in Light conference on February 14, 2018 in Long Beach, CA.

"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.

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.

Special Notices

LRC Tribute Video Available

Entitled, "A Special Thank You to Mark Rea," this video was produced in gratitude for the 30 years Dr. Rea dedicated as Director of the Lighting Research Center. This retrospective highlights the major accomplishments of the LRC throughout the past three decades. Watch the video on YouTube.



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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New LRC Study Evaluates the Blue-Light Hazard From Solid-State Lighting 
Event photosA new study takes a practical, quantitative approach to evaluating light sources for blue-light hazard. Results of the study are published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
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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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