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Troy, N.Y. -  7/24/2006

Lighting Research Center Hosts LED Lighting Institute September 13-15, 2006

Session will highlight LED system design

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) will hold a three-day, hands-on seminar to teach industry professionals about incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into lighting applications. The LED Lighting Institute will include updated technical content based on the latest industry developments. Participants will take part in workshops and hands-on lab sessions highlighting LED technology, lighting design, and optical modeling, while using the newest LED products on the market.

“This seminar will involve a more detailed LED evaluation segment than seminars in the past,” said Dan Frering, LRC manager of education. “We have enhanced the program and plan to have participants design and evaluate complete LED systems, whereas before they developed and evaluated individual LED fixtures.”

According to Frering, the new program is designed to have participants choose and evaluate all necessary LED system components including heat sinks, LEDs, and drivers from a variety of manufacturers. Then participants will have the opportunity to compare the systems side-by-side, examining the thermal, photometric, and color properties for each system.

“The LRC is uniquely positioned in that it works closely with both the lighting manufacturers and the applications community in order to help improve LED system technology,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “The workshop is designed to offer objective information on current LED technology and create realistic expectations for using LEDs in place of less efficient lighting, as well as teach methods for measuring and quantifying LED performance.”

This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, so Frering recommends early registration. Those who sign up by August 12, 2006, will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Upon completion of the LED Lighting Institute, participants will earn three continuing education units and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate in LED lighting technology. More than 300 people from around the globe have completed the course to date. The program is held in the spring and fall of each year, and enrollment is limited to 30 students. For more information or to register for the September session, visit the LED Lighting Institute Web site at www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/outreachEducation/LEDInstitute.asp.

The LED Lighting Institute has gained notable support from sponsors who see the benefit of LED lighting education. The main sponsor is the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), a collaboration of researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations designed to identify and reduce major technical hurdles and help LED technology gain widespread use in lighting applications. Recently Cree, Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration, and Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., became sponsors of ASSIST. Other ASSIST sponsors include Boeing, GELcore, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NICHIA America Corporation, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lighting, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Additional LED Lighting Institute sponsors include Color Kinetics, Inc., Lamina, Opto Technology, Inc., PolyBrite International, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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 nearly 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.”