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The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education—pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting, energy, and plant pathology.


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Events Calendar
John Bullough will co-present "Response to White Light Emitting Diode Aviation Signal Lights Varying in Correlated Color Temperature," "Driver Behavior in Response to Flashing Lights" and "Evaluation of Raised Pavement Markers" at the Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on January 13-17, 2019.

N. Narendran will moderate the panel "Can 3D Printing Revolutionize the Lighting Industry?" at Strategies in Light on February 28, 2019.

Leora Radetsky will present
"A Recommended Framework for Evaluating Horticultural Lighting Systems" at Strategies in Light on March 1, 2019.

Jennifer Brons, Jean Paul Freyssinier, and Indika Perera will present "Connected lighting: What are the benefits again? A look at a field study" at LIGHTFAIR International May 22, 2019 in Philadelphia.

Mariana Figueiro and Mark Rea will co-present the session: "On the Horizon:
New Recommendations for Circadian Entrainment" with Brian Liebel (IES) and Jennifer Veitch (National Research Council of Canada) at LIGHTFAIR International May 22, 2019 in Philadelphia.

Warning Beacons for Worker Safety
The LRC and the Larson Transportation Institute at Penn State University presented a workshop to share research results on warning light effectiveness. Learn More.

New Video About the LRC

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Lighting Education Facility Showcase produced a new video that captures the mission of the LRC. Watch the video.



DELTA - Energy efficiency case studies

DesignWorks - Lighting design services

Energy - Efficient products and practices

Illumination for Plant Health - Plant disease control

Light and Health - Visual, circadian systems

NLPIP - Product testing

Solid-State Lighting - Improving, using LEDs

Transportation Lighting - Vehicle, roadway, signal


Graduate Education

M.S. and Ph.D. programs in lighting—now offering a paid post-graduation externship option at a leading lighting manufacturer, design firm, or government organization

LED Lighting Institute

Hands-on workshop for industry professionals covering the latest advances in solid-state lighting, including IoT connected lighting, 3D printing...

Light and Health Institute

Two-day seminars that teach the many ways in which light affects, and can be used to improve, health and wellbeing

Photometry Institute  

Two-day seminars about the latest developments in photometric testing and evaluation

Outdoor Lighting Institute  

Two-day seminars on outdoor lighting design to reduce energy use and light pollution while improving safety and security

View all Outreach Education programs


Sensor-Controlled Lighting for Energy Savings and Occupant Satisfaction
The Lighting Research Center has issued a new DELTA report showing results from a successful field demonstration of sensor-controlled, bi-level corridor lighting in a multi-family apartment building. Occupants had positive comments about safety and comfort, and considerable energy savings were achieved. Learn more.

Lighting Patterns for Homes
A guide to lighting for health and wellbeing.

Lighting Patterns for Homes
A guide to selecting quality, efficient lighting for homes.

Working with the LRC

 Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies - Industry, academia, and government working together to advance LED lighting.
Illumination for Plant Health (IPH) program — Advancing sustainable, innovative strategies for plant disease control using the latest lighting technologies.
Bridging the science of light and health to practical applications, and providing objective information grounded in basic and applied research.
Conducting research to increase the benefits of lighting while reducing its environmental and monetary costs.
Collaboration of academia, industry, public benefit agencies, and government to advance the effective use of light.
Transportation Lighting Alliance Cooperative research into lighting for vehicles, roadways, and signage.
Project Sponsorship - Sponsor a research project.
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