|Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.|
Vol. 1, No. 3
October 3, 2002
LRC hires Director of Energy Programs
The LRC has named Peter Morante as its new Director of Energy Programs.
Morante, formerly of Northeast Utilities in Connecticut, will lead the LRC
in electric utility issues and policies, and their effect on lighting technology
applications. Morante brings 33 years of experience in helping
"I'm happy to be part of the LRC team as we explore how lighting fits
into energy efficiency and demand reduction efforts," said Morante.
"Lighting will play a key role in the new, restructured electric industry.
In fact, lighting may be the only technology that can offer predictable and
LRC Durability Roundtable Examines ENERGY STAR® Product Testing
The latest roundtable held at the LRC brought together people interested in ENERGY STAR® durability testing. "Durability" in this case refers to the products' ability to continue to function long after installation. The roundtable, held September 20, included manufacturers, lamp and ballast specialists, product testing experts, and market transformation experts.
The results of pilot testing at the LRC, mostly in the area of temperature testing, were presented. According to LRC researcher Jennifer Brons, the durability of enclosed fluorescent lamp fixtures may be affected by extreme thermal conditions. "We're examining temperatures of ballasts under typical operating conditions, as well as stress testing with short on-off cycles," says Brons. "We're getting feedback from manufacturers about other causes of durability problems before a testing procedure becomes finalized for ENERGY STAR® manufacturers."
LRC Roundtables are one means of encouraging collaboration between academic,
research, government, industry, utilities, systems benefit, and public advocate
The LRC is again teaming up with leading LED (light emitting diode) manufacturers
and energy efficiency organizations to hold its popular LED Lighting Institute.
LRC experts will provide two days of instruction for lighting fixture designers
and manufacturers, lighting specifiers, and other professionals interested
in learning more about this quickly evolving lighting technology. The course
provides in-depth training and hands-on experience in working with the latest
LED technologies for a variety of applications. For more information, or
to enroll, go to http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/outreacheducation/LEDInstitute.asp
Alzheimer's Research at LRC
The results of a recent pilot study by LRC researchers has found that Alzheimer's
patients sleep better through the night when they are first exposed to blue
LED lighting a few hours before going to bed. Mariana Figueiro led the team
conducting the study, which will be included in the journal, Sleep Review.
here to read more.
Lighting Answers Explains MR16 Lamps
The latest in the Lighting Answers series, Lighting Answers: MR16 Lamps,
is now online. The new publication answers commonly asked questions about
the new MR16 lamp technology. LRC researcher Sandra Vasconez answers questions
and offers solutions to problems facing lighting practitioners who may wish
to use MR16 lamps. The document is available both online to allow readers
to access the questions and answers in any order, and in a printer-friendly
version. It includes case studies based on the Lighting Research Center's
extensive experience in product testing. Click here to view Lighting Answers: MR16 Lamps.
The LRC is helping homebuilders and manufacturers/distributors of energy-efficient
residential lighting products. LRC researchers have joined with Belmonte
Builders in Clifton Park, New York, to demonstrate energy-efficient lighting
in a residential setting. The project, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and ENERGY STAR®, will promote energy-efficient lighting
in new residential construction over the next three years. Click
here to learn more.
Three new LRC publications are designed to help municipalities in Connecticut
reduce light pollution. The publications, Street Lighting and Light Pollution,
The Efficient Street Lighting Design Guide, and Street Lighting
Design Checklist, are to be made available to municipality representatives
through the Connecticut Light & Power Web site and through the LRC Web site.
A seminar to assist Connecticut municipal personnel in using the publications
will follow. Click here to learn more about how the LRC is helping to reduce
light pollution. Click
here to learn more.
The LRC's Demonstration and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications (DELTA) program is preparing to launch a new addition to its family of publications. DELTA Field Tests will join DELTA Portfolio and DELTA Snapshots. DELTA Field Tests will look at products in the prototype stage—before they get to the market—to help manufacturers develop effective and efficient products that consumers will accept and use. Energy-efficiency programs trying to encourage the public to use new, more efficient lighting products will also benefit.
DELTA's mission is to design, evaluate, and publicize energy-efficient
solutions to real-world lighting problems. DELTA selects sites and evaluates
their lighting systems for energy use, human response, cost, effectiveness,
and maintenance. DELTA publications are available in print and online at
The Fifth International Lighting Research Symposium presented by the Lighting Research Office (LRO) will address more than 20 topics, including "Using Light to Support Treatment of Alzheimer's and Other Mental Disorders." The symposium, to be held November 3 through 5, 2002, at the Grosvenor Resort in Orlando, Florida, will feature Dr. Mark Rea, of the Lighting Research Center, as keynote speaker. Dr. Rea's address, "Light Isn't Just for Vision Anymore!," will lead the way for presentations by internationally known speakers, authors, lighting and medical researchers, and technical experts
LRC lighting researcher Mariana Figueiro will discuss her pilot study into the effects of light exposure on the behavior of Alzheimer's patients. Figueiro will also present a poster entitled, "Daylight and productivity: A Possible Link to Circadian Regulation."
LRO Executive Director Terry McGowan says this symposium will "create a
unique opportunity for both the medical and lighting communities to exchange
information and discover how best to apply the results of the latest research."
The Lighting Research Office is a service of the Electric
Power Research Institute (EPRI). The symposium program and registration
information is at http://www.lightingresearchoffice.org.
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.
© 2002 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 USA.