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Friday, January 16, 2004

LRC to publish annotated resource on outdoor lighting
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recently asked the LRC to develop an annotated resource guide on outdoor lighting, which will be distributed to cooperative electric utilities nationwide.

“These co-ops are generally small electric utilities who consult with consumers and install outdoor lighting, but their main focus and area of expertise is not lighting,” said John Van Derlofske, Ph.D., senior research scientist and head of transportation lighting at the LRC. The guide will be designed to aid these co-ops in understanding outdoor lighting issues, including energy-efficiency and light pollution.

Electric cooperatives are private, independent electric utilities owned by the consumers they serve. In addition to providing electrical service, many co-ops offer electricity-related services to their customers, such as lighting design and installation.


Van Derlofske said the project team will be looking at lighting application resources for traffic intersections, yards, parking lots and sports facilities, among others.

“Basically, this will be a how-to guide and a resource for where to find more information,” he said.

The guide will be available to NRECA members in early summer.
About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Founded in 1988, the Lighting Research Center has built an international reputation as a trusted and reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light and create a positive legacy of change for society and the environment



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