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Troy, NY -  6/27/2000

New Report Available on High-Frequency Electronic Ballasts for Fluorescent Lighting

Summary: The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces the publication of a new Specifier Report documenting the results of its independent testing of 74 non-dimming electronic ballasts for 4-foot and 8-foot T8 fluorescent lam

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) announces the publication of a new report through its National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP). NLPIP, the preeminent objective source for lighting product information, has released its latest Specifier Report, this one on electronic ballasts. The report contains the results of NLPIP's independent testing of 74 non-dimming electronic ballasts for 4-foot and 8-foot T8 fluorescent lamps. An accompanying online database contains the same information, plus manufacturer-reported data for 762 ballasts for 4-foot and 8-foot T8, T10, and T12 lamps. This report replaces an earlier report on electronic ballasts from May 1994.

"The lighting industry has made great technological strides since 1994, and we must keep up," said Rick Cobello, Director of NLPIP for the LRC. "In fact, we've made technological strides of our own with this Specifier Report, which is the first to be released simultaneously on paper and online. Its data tables are so extensive that the majority of them are available only online because such large tables are impractical to print."

Electronic Ballasts is an advance in another way, too. The report has been redesigned to improve both its appearance and its readability. Information from the research literature on readability influenced the new design, which improves readability through changes in the layout and color scheme. Generous use of white space gives the document a clean, spacious feeling. The most significant difference, though, is that it's not solely a print document. The data tables are delivered via the Web as a searchable database that can be updated as new information becomes available. The end result is that readers can use this information more easily now, and the information will be more timely.

For more information about the LRC's research on these and other topics, visit our Web site at Publications can be viewed or ordered from the same Web site or by contacting the LRC at 21 Union Street, Troy, NY, 12180-3352. Phone: (518) 687-7100. Fax: (518) 687-7120. Email:

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."