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Troy, NY -  3/27/2000

Online Update of Lighting Product Report Available

Summary: The National Lighting Product Information Program has updated its 1998 Specifier Reports: HID Accent Lighting Systems with an online supplement.

High-intensity discharge (HID) accent lighting systems were tested recently by the National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP), supplementing its 1998 Specifier Reports: HID Lighting Accent Systems. The new test results are available at

NLPIP evaluated recessed and semi-recessed adjustable luminaries for metal halide parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) 20 and PAR 30 lamps. The Web site includes the October 1999 test results and manufacturer-supplied information. NLPIP's online databases allow specifiers to select information on specific products, helping them determine which products best meet their needs.

The LRC administers NLPIP, an independent program sponsored by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, the Iowa Energy Center, the LRC, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. General Services Administration. NLPIP does not accept money from manufacturers.

To order NLPIP or LRC publications, please contact the Lighting Research Center at 21 Union Street, Troy, New York 12180-3352, 518.687.7100 (phone), 518.687.7120 (fax), (email), or at its Web site:

About the Lighting Research Center
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 solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. 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 (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."