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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 "Lighting & Health: From Basics to Application" at IESNA Nashville Section on Sept. 20 in Nashville, TN.

Dr. John Bullough will present "Spectral Considerations for Transportation Lighting Systems" at FiO+LS on Sept. 21 in Washington, DC.

Andrew Bierman and Jean Paul Freyssinier will host a half-day, hands-on, flicker testing tutorial at the LRC on Sept. 22, in Troy, NY. This event is sponsored by the ENERGY STAR program.

Dr. John Bullough will present "Developing a Better Understanding of Discomfort Glare" at ISAL 2017, Sept. 25-27 in Darmstadt, Germany.

The Light and Health Institute will be held Sept. 26-27 at the LRC in Troy, NY.

Dr. Mariana Figueiro and Dr. Mark Rea will present "Red Light Delivered During Sleep to Reduce Sleep Inertia" at World Sleep 2017 held October 7-11 in Prague, Czech Republic.

On October 16, Dr. Mark Rea and Dr. Mariana Figueiro will present "Lighting for Seniors" at Humanizing Health Care Environments: 33rd Annual AHCA Design & Construction Seminar at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The Photometry Institute will be held Oct. 17-18 at the LRC in Troy, NY.

The LED Lighting Institute will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the LRC in Troy, NY.

Dr. Mariana Figueiro will present "Creating an Evidence-based Framework for Health in Buildings" at the Greenbuild International Conference on Nov. 9 in Boston.

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.

Special Notices

Register for the Light and Health Institute!

The next Light and Health Institute will be held on Sept. 26-27, 2017. This two-day, hands-on seminar for industry professionals provides the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve our modern living environments with circadian-effective lighting to support human health and wellbeing. Learn More.

Photometry Institute Dates Announced

The next Photometry Institute will be held on October 17-18, 2017. In this two-day, hands-on seminar, you will learn about the latest developments in photometric testing and evaluation, including new testing requirements for solid-state light sources and systems.. Learn More.

Register Today for the LED Institute!

The next LED Lighting Institute will be held October 31-November 2, 2017. Learn More. LED Lighting Institute


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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LRC Collaborating With Cornell to Develop Next Generation of Grapes
Event photosThe LRC is partnering with Cornell on a $6.5 million grant from the USDA to accelerate development of new grape varieties that are more flavorful and sustainable.
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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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