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Key Research Accomplishments

Since 2001, the LRC has played an influential role in global LED lighting research and education. Below are the LRC’s key SSL research projects from the last decade.

Estimating LED Life
Early 21st century claims purported LED lighting to last 100,000 hours. The LRC, however, showed that LED life could be far less, depending on the luminaire design and installation. Through its Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), the LRC developed a recommended test method for estimating LED life for general lighting.

Understanding White Light Source Color Rendering and Appearance
In 2002, the LRC and ASSIST began a long-term study of subjective preferences using psychophysical experiments to understand how observers perceive white light sources and what they prefer in terms of object color rendering and the white hue or tint of a light source.

LED Lighting for Supermarket Freezer Display Cases
In 2002, the LRC began investigating the possibility of using LEDs in supermarket refrigerator and freezer display cases, where fluorescent lamps are a common but not ideal technology for cold environments.

Professional LED Lighting Education
In 2001, the LRC began offering the first unbiased, research-based workshop for lighting designers, architects, and engineers on how to build successful LED lighting products and applications.

Bringing Advanced, Energy-Efficient LED Lighting to Aviation
Since 2005, the LRC has conducted lighting research as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Airport Technology. Research in the areas of solid-state lighting and vision science are providing new lighting solutions that benefit the aviation industry.

Improving LED Light Output and Efficacy Through SPE™
The LRC’s Scattered Photon Extraction (SPE™) improves LED light output by up to 60% through the extraction of backscattered photons. The innovative package design combines remote-phosphor technology with optimally shaped secondary optics.

Electronic Walls and Ceilings Offer Adaptable Solid-State Lighting
Solid-state lighting offers new ways to think about how we light our spaces. The LRC has developed a flexible interior infrastructure that integrates solid-state lighting with other building materials and systems, allowing for rapid reconfigurations of built-in lighting.

Tools to Evaluate Outdoor Lighting
A global trend to replace conventional outdoor lighting with LEDs led to the development of tools for evaluating and selecting both LED and conventional outdoor luminaires: a new metric rooted in the concept of application efficacy, a free online calculator based on this metric, and methods to assess discomfort glare and mesopic efficiency.

Supporting South Asia Through LED Lighting Technology
In 2009, the LRC became the knowledge partner of the Regional Centre for Lighting (RCL) in South Asia, a Sri Lanka-based lighting research facility funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. The RCL’s mission is to advance sustainable lighting and make it affordable to improve the well-being of the citizens and the eight countries within the region.

Testing LED Lighting Products for Lighting Africa Program
Lighting Africa, a joint program of the ICF and The World Bank, is aimed at helping 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa gain access to non-fossil fuel-based, low cost, high quality, safe, and reliable lighting products by the year 2030. The LRC is supporting the project through lab testing for quality assurance of off-grid lighting products developed by manufacturers for the Lighting Africa program.

LED Aircraft Cabin Lighting for the 787 Dreamliner
The LRC partnered with Boeing to develop innovative and efficient lighting solutions for use aboard the 787 Dreamliner jet, a next-generation commercial airplane with energy-efficiency and passenger experience in mind.

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