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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. 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.

"Light and Health: What We Know, What We Don't Know and What We Need to Know," will be presented by Dr. Mariana Figueiro at the NAILD Innovation 2018 Annual Conference on February 13 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

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.

March 2 will find Dr. Mariana Figueiro as a session panelist for the topic, "Understanding the Impact of the Environment to Advance Disease Prevention" at the NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit in Bethesda, MD.

On March 7, Dr. Mariana Figueiro will present, "The Effect of Light on Health and Well Being: Basics and Applications" at the Electro Expo 2018 in Cleveland, OH.

On March 14, Leora Radetsky will present, "Rethinking Urban Pedestrian Lighting Metrics" at LEDucation in New York City.

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.

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.


Response to AMA ReportLRC Response to AMA Report Video Available

On March 15, 2017, participants at more than 200 locations around the world took part in the LRC webinar addressing the recent American Medical Association report on LED lighting. The video of this webinar is available free to the public. Watch the video.


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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Fare Well, Russ Leslie 
Professor Russell LeslieFollowing a 37-year commitment to excellence, the LRC and Rensselaer acknowledge the exemplary career and well-deserved retirement of its Associate Director, Professor Russell Leslie.
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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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