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LRC research teams include experts in experimental psychology, vision, photobiology, engineering, physics, architecture, photometry, optics, and design. This expertise is why the world often looks to the LRC for objective answers to its lighting questions. LRC research has led to unique and innovative solutions that improve the visibility, efficiency, comfort, and safety of lighting installations.
The LRC operates an independent lighting research laboratory accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) in order to test lamps and lighting equipment (NVLAP lab code: 200480-0). Research facilities include a fully equipped photometry laboratory, climate-controlled lamp and electrical testing laboratories, human factors research space, and the equipment necessary to produce fully functional prototypes and models.
Through its various testing and evaluation resources, the LRC can assess lamps (light bulbs), luminaires (fixtures), controls, ballasts, and solid-state lighting sources, drivers, and systems, as well as other lighting-related equipment. The LRC also can test and measure power quality, life, color, light output, and lumen depreciation. The LRC's testing experience and capabilities reach far beyond its laboratory facilities, having completed countless field demonstrations and evaluations.
About the LRC
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for nearly 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC's state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.