|Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.|
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Lighting Education Online is here!
Lighting Education Online is a comprehensive,
interactive, Internet-based education program for building, design,
and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light
and lighting. Lighting Education Online is the first and only
university-based lighting education system in which courses are completed
entirely over the Internet. There are no additional books to purchase or
assignments to complete and mail in. Participants learn online at their
convenience. As part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an accredited
university, the LRC will track participants' progress through the program
and will award continuing education credits (CEUs) and a certificate
for each course completed successfully. These CEUs will also
accumulate toward a Continuing Education Certificate in lighting.
The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies
(ASSIST) facilitates broad adoption of LED technology by original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and specifiers by helping to reduce major
technical hurdles and identifying key applications for solid-state
lighting technologies. ASSIST is accomplishing this goal through a
collaborative partnership between leading LED manufacturers and the
Lighting Research Center (LRC). LRC researchers are among the world's
foremost experts in solid-state lighting. At our solid-state lighting Web
site you can find research, resources, educational opportunities, and
links about LEDs and other solid-state lighting technologies.
Traffic signals that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) offer
municipalities and highway authorities significant energy-saving and
economic opportunities. The LRC is working with the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the ACEEE, and ICF, to
increase awareness and build demand for LED products in New York State.
This effort is part of the LRC's Lighting Transformations Program. Read
new case studies and examine the LED Traffic Signal Life Cycle Cost
LRC scientists are helping the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) to weigh the relative benefits and
potential obstacles facing high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps,
which are being used increasingly on vehicles in the U.S. Recent
studies sponsored by Philips Automotive Lighting have shown that HID
headlamps improve detection of peripheral objects over halogen headlamps.
A thesis study completed by LRC graduate Zengwei Fu, under the direction
of John Van Derlofske, LRC Transportation Group leader, indicated that
oncoming headlamps with more short-wavelength ("blue") content increase
discomfort over lamps with less blue content, but that the increase in
discomfort does not necessarily translate into a decrease in visibility.
Through additional field studies commissioned by NHTSA, the LRC is well
positioned to provide NHTSA with the information it needs as it considers
what regulations, if any, will be needed for these new lamp
DELTA (Demonstration and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications) is a program for designing, evaluating, and publicizing energy-efficient lighting solutions. The latest case studies, listed below, are all available free in Adobe PDF format. Download them at the DELTA publications page. You will also find many other DELTA publications that examine lighting in commercial, retail, institutional, industrial, residential, and outdoor settings. High quality, full color, printed publications may be purchased as well. NOTE: New York State residents may order single copies at no cost, thanks to sponsorship by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Diversity Scholarship available
With assistance from a grant from the GE Fund and GE Lighting, the LRC is working to increase participation by students from underrepresented populations within the United States. The LRC is actively recruiting students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Because LRC graduates often become future lighting leaders, ensuring diversity within the LRC helps to increase diversity in the lighting industry.
The LRC developed Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence, a
series of three booklets that show how effective lighting can increase
independence for older adults. The AARP ANDRUS Foundation funded this
important project that resulted in booklets, available free in PDF format,
aimed at helping specific audiences: older adults, their families, and
other caregivers; architects, designers, and contractors; and healthcare
The LRC Resource Collection is one of the largest library collections of lighting information in the United States. It has a unique multidisciplinary focus, encompassing all aspects of lighting: architecture, design, energy-efficiency, engineering, human factors, optics, physics, psychology, and vision. You can find research papers, reports, articles, manufacturer information, and more.
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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