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Troy, N.Y. -  2/21/2006

Lighting Education Online Program Now Includes Residential Lighting Course

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has added a new residential lighting module to its popular online education program. Lighting Education Online is an interactive, Internet-based education program for building, design, and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light and lighting. The new course in residential lighting is geared toward the needs of home builders and contractors, as well as homeowners.

The Residential Lighting course covers the equipment, economics, and various techniques for lighting homes. It also provides suggested design patterns to light various rooms in a home effectively and efficiently. The equipment portion includes information about lamps (bulbs), ballasts, luminaires (fixtures), and lighting controls. The course also includes links to information about where homeowners or builders can purchase efficient lighting equipment, including luminaires that carry the ENERGY STAR® label.

Other courses in Lighting Education Online include Lighting Technology, which provides a comprehensive overview of lamps, advanced lighting technologies, ballasts, luminaires, and lighting controls for commercial buildings. The online program also features a Lighting Terminology section to familiarize participants with the language of the lighting industry.

“Homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of lighting in their homes,” said Dan Frering, the LRC’s manager of education. “This new course will give home builders and contractors the information they need to select and install effective, energy-efficient lighting in new home construction and remodeling projects.”

Lighting Education Online is the first university-based lighting education system providing courses entirely over the Internet. There are no additional books to purchase or assignments to complete and mail in. Participants, learning at their own convenience and pace, can also ask LRC professors questions as they complete the courses. The LRC tracks participants’ progress through the program and awards continuing education credits (CEUs) and a certificate for all courses completed successfully (more about CEUs).

There are no pre-requisites for Lighting Education Online. Courses are priced according to the number of CEUs awarded. However, because funding for the development of this program was provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York state residents can take Lighting Education Online courses at a discounted price of only $25.00.

For more information, visit, or email Dan Frering at

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."