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The Lighting Research Center is the world's leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting—from technologies to applications and energy use, from design to health and vision.

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Special Notices

older adults photoParticipate in the Light & Alzheimer's Study!

The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is working with extended care facilities on a research study investigating the effect of a light treatment on sleep and behavior in persons with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. If you have a family member residing in an extended care facility who you think may qualify for the study, please contact Barbara Plitnick at (518) 687-7166 or for more information.

Announcing Autumn 2015 Dates for Lighting Institutes

Make your reservations now for these upcoming lighting programs at the LRC:

  • Outdoor Lighting Institute, October 27-28
             (early registration extended—sign up now!)
  • LED Lighting Institute, November 3-5

    Just added:
  • Daylight Institute, November 2015

  • Programs                           View entire list

    Daylight Dividends - Using daylighting

    DELTA - Energy efficiency case studies

    DesignWorks - Lighting design services

    Energy Efficiency - Efficient products and practices

    Light and Health - Visual, circadian systems

    NLPIP - Product testing

    Solid-State Lighting - Improving, using LEDs

    Transportation Lighting - Vehicle, roadway, signal

    Education Programs

    Graduate Education

    Master's and Ph.D. degree programs in lighting

    LED Lighting Institute

    Hands-on workshop on LED lighting components, systems, and design.

    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.

    Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques Seminar

    One-day seminars to assist professionals to design and install advanced lighting systems in a variety of residential settings.

    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.

    Daylight Institute

    Two-day seminars on daylighting design and daylighting control specification.

    Live! From the LRC

    Web seminars that allow attendees to have their questions answered by today's leading authorities in lighting.

    Lighting Education Online

    For building, design, and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light and lighting.

    View all Outreach Education programs


    USDA-NIFA Awards $1.7 Million for Light and Plants Research 

    healthy plantsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have awarded $1.7 million to study the novel use of light to suppress a broad group of plant pathogens affecting sustainable production of organically grown crops.  Full story...

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    In the News

    Lighting Patterns for Homes
    Click to see this new guide for selecting quality, efficient lighting for homes.

    New Book by LRC Director

    Value Metrics for Better LightingWritten to commemorate the LRC's 25th Anniversary, Value Metrics for Better Lighting by LRC Director Mark S. Rea brings together a wide range of research to illustrate how the effective use of light can benefit society and the environment. Available from SPIE Press.

    Working with the LRC

     Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies - Industry, academia, and government working together to advance LED lighting.
    Light and Health Alliance — A collaborative initiative now forming to bridge the science of light and health to practical applications, and to provide objective information based on basic and applied research.
    Lighting Energy Alliance — Conducting research to increase the benefits of lighting while reducing its environmental and monetary costs.
    Partners Program - Collaboration of academia, industry, utilities, public benefit agencies, public advocacy groups, and government to advance the effective use of light.
    Project Sponsorship - Sponsor a research project.

    Regional Centre for Lighting - Advancing sustainable lighting and making it affordable in South Asia to improve the well-being of citizens and the countries within the region

    Transportation Lighting Alliance - Cooperative research into lighting for vehicles, roadways, and signage.
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