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Thursday, July 15, 2004

General News
Specifier Report: Parking Lot and Area Luminaires
Graphic: Specifier Report cover

The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) has released a new publication that replaces a previous report published in 1993. Specifier Reports: Parking Lot and Area Luminaires updates information on critical performance and application issues for parking lot and area lighting luminaires. The report identifies the information that a lighting specifier may request from a manufacturer when evaluating different products, and discusses issues of energy consumption, light pollution and light trespass.

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Daylighting guide recommends design practices for schools
Photo: A daylit hallway at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill, N.C.

A forthcoming publication from the LRC will offer guidelines and best practices for daylighting schools. The “Guide for Daylighting Schools” was created for the Daylight Dividends program by Innovative Design of Raleigh, N.C., an architectural firm specializing in energy-efficient, sustainable building design. The guide is a “how to” for creating effective daylighting in schools without dramatically adding to the initial cost of the building.

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LRC study explores the effects of lamp spectrum and pupil size on task performance
Photo: Close-up of human eye

Lighting scientists are continually looking for ways to help us to see better, perform visual tasks with more accuracy, and save energy at the same time. This quest for better quality lighting inevitably leads to studies to understand how light helps or hinders, and how our visual systems perform under various lighting conditions. LRC researchers recently were awarded an international prize for their published study evaluating whether light sources that produce smaller pupil sizes result in better visual task performance.

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Product development: ‘Daysimeter’ measures light for the circadian system
Photo: The Daysimeter

The effect of light on the circadian system is of growing interest in the health field. To help further research in this area, the LRC has developed a new tool designed to measure the level and spectral quality of light reaching a person’s circadian system.

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LRC publications recognized for quality and technical excellence
Graphic: Award-winning Field Test DELTA publication cover

The LRC produces numerous technical publications in print and online. These publications offer important technical information to a variety of audiences, from scientists, to lighting professionals, to homeowners. Three recent publications have received awards from the Society for Technical Communication (STC), an international professional society of 25,000 technical writers, editors, designers, and media specialists. Field Test DELTA: Integrated Skylight LuminaireLighting Education Online, and NLPIP Lighting Answers: LED Lighting Systems all won awards from the upstate New York Mohawk chapter of the STC.

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Looking for an LRC publication? New Web function aids search

The LRC has added a new publications search to its Web site to bring together the extensive collection of lighting publications available online. The majority of these publications are offered free to the public.

The publications search features DELTA, Lighting Futures and NLPIP publications, as well as many specialized reports and technical guides. In the future, a catalog of LRC-authored journal articles, conference proceedings and technical papers will be added to the search.

Web visitors can reach the publications search from any LRC Web page by clicking the “publications” link found in the top right-hand navigation.

Search LRC publications now: http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/publications.asp.

Next steps for LED industry: Improving systems and identifying niche applications
Photo: LRC's Dr. Narendran speaks at LED Expo 2004.

Even if light-emitting diodes can demonstrate long life, poor construction and misguided application of LED systems can lead to short operating life, consumer dissatisfaction and dismissal of the technology. That was the message presented by N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research at the Lighting Research Center, and Jean Paul Freyssinier, LRC lighting design specialist, at LED Expo 2004, a four-day international conference dedicated to LEDs.

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LRC to develop white-light LED illumination system using quantum dot nanomaterials
Photo: LRC graduate student Hua Yu examines a quantum-dot LED.

The Lighting Research Center announced in June that it will work with Evident Technologies of Troy, N.Y., to develop and demonstrate new, efficient white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for use in general illumination.

Funding for the project comes from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). LED technology will lead to significant energy cost savings and environmental benefits as solid-state lighting begins to replace incandescent and other low-efficiency lighting sources in residential and commercial buildings.

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LRC launches successful LIVE! From the LRC
Graphic: LIVE! From the LRC logo

The LRC launched a new series of educational seminars presented via the Internet and designed to provide the latest information on lighting topics important to individuals and their businesses.

From March through June, LIVE! From the LRC brought lighting experts to participants’ offices via the Internet. The first four seminars focused on outdoor lighting, energy-efficient and load-responsive lighting, LEDs and how they are revolutionizing lighting, and light and human health. The series allows people to have their questions answered by the leading authorities in lighting today. More seminars are being planned for the fall.

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LED Lighting Institute: September 22-24
Photo: A workshop participant constructs an LED lighting fixture.

Those interested in gaining more knowledge of solid-state lighting and light-emitting diodes should make plans to attend the LRC's LED Lighting Institute. This intensive three-day, hands-on workshop is scheduled for September 22-24, 2004. Seating is limited at this popular program, so make your reservation now.

LRC experts will help participants learn more about this rapidly evolving lighting technology through presentations about current research and applications, as well as hands-on design work. Other topics include incorporating LED technologies into architectural lighting fixtures, developing optical components that take advantage of LED characteristics, and designing applications using LEDs. Participants earn 20 continuing education units.

Register or learn more about the LED Lighting Institute.

Lutron Electronics Scholarship in Lighting supports graduate education
Anjan Sarkar

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has again funded a scholarship for a graduate student at the Lighting Research Center. Each year since 1996, the Lutron Electronics Scholarship in Lighting has been awarded to a student in the Master of Science in Lighting program who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and leadership, and who is planning to undertake research involving advanced lighting technologies or lighting controls.

"Through this scholarship, Lutron Electronics Co. has once again demonstrated its commitment to generous support and interest in helping to educate the future leaders in the field of lighting," says Dan Frering, LRC manager of education.

The most recent recipient of the Lutron Electronics Scholarship in Lighting is Anjan Sarkar, who is preparing to enter his second year in the MS in Lighting program. "I am truly honored to have been chosen to receive this scholarship," said Sarkar, who says he is particularly interested in how lighting and lighting controls affect people and the way they live and work.

Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., founded in 1961, is a leading manufacturer of lighting controls. Lutron offers more than 10,000 products for residential and commercial applications. Visit the Lutron web site at www.lutron.com.

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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