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Troy, NY -  7/24/2000

Lighting Research Center Releases New Publication, Updates Existing Publications with New Data

Summary: The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, has updated two of its National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) publications with new information and released a new publication, Alternatives to Hal

Over the past 12 years, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) has influenced the market for lighting products by developing testing methods and providing objective data on product performance. As part of the LRC's ongoing effort to encourage manufacturers to bring better products into the marketplace, the center has recently updated two of its existing National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) publications and released a new publication onto the Web.

Specifier Reports: Energy-Efficient Ceiling-Mounted Residential Luminaires has testing information on 12 new residential products. This round of testing included only ENERGY STAR-rated products. Specifier Reports: Screwbase Compact Fluorescent Lamps now has data for an additional 19 products. Online data for these publications is available on the NLPIP Web site at

The LRC's new publication is Lighting Answers: Alternatives to Halogen Torchieres. "It's a comprehensive look at alternatives to the popular halogen-type floor lamps," Rick Cobello, Director of NLPIP for the LRC, said. "It's part of our ongoing effort to evaluate and test new products as they come onto the market, and the data will be updated periodically." This publication is available at

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."