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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 energy and the environment, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and solid-state lighting for more than 25 years. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today the LRC offers both a M.S. in lighting as well as a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Internationally recognized as the preeminent source for objective information on all aspects of lighting technology and application, 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. LRC researchers are continuously working to develop new and better ways to measure the value of light and lighting systems, such as the effect of light on human health. The LRC believes that by accurately matching the lighting technology and application to the needs of the end user, it is possible to design lighting that benefits both society and the environment.