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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
Dr. Mariana Figueiro will present, "Light and daylight: how to effectively impact building occupants' health and well-being" at the 2018 NYS Green Building Conference on April 5 in Syracuse, NY.

Dr. John Bullough will moderate the session "Assessing the Risks and Rewards of Light at Night" at the IES Research Symposium on Light + Human Health on April 10 in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. John Bullough will present the paper "Influence of Oncoming Light Exposure on Safety Outcomes in a Naturalistic Driving Study" at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress Experience on April 11 in Detroit, MI.

"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.

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

Video on Circadian Rhythms Released

Dr. Mariana Figueiro gives a brief overview of human circadian rhythms, why they're important, and the need for staying entrained with lighting. This video is sponsored by the LRC's Light and Health Alliance. Watch the video on YouTube.



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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New Study Tests the Impact of Circadian Light on Alertness in Office Workers
iPad study participantThe most recent in a series of office lighting studies from the LRC investigated the effects of supplemental circadian lighting for 68 participants at four U.S. government offices, including locations in Reykjavík, Iceland and Riga, Latvia, near the Arctic.  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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