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LED Lighting Institute

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The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering its popular, hands-on LED Lighting Institute—a 3-day seminar for industry professionals covering the latest in solid-state lighting (SSL). Discover the benefits of incorporating advances from these quickly evolving industries into architectural lighting. Learn to optimize lighting systems by understanding the unique characteristics of SSL technologies and the needs of different applications. Compare SSL system components and learn about operating characteristics, rated life, lumen output, spectral distribution, and other important specification factors.

At the LED Lighting Institute you will:

  • Learn about the latest advances in LED and OLED technologies
  • Learn about strengths and weaknesses of SSL products
  • Learn to read LED, driver, and controls datasheets and to specify SSL system components
  • Learn the testing methods and metrics used in characterizing the thermal, electrical, and optical properties of LEDs and LED systems
  • Experiment with LED lighting technology by building sample lighting fixtures
  • Explore the possibilities of 3D printing technologies for luminaire integration using custom and modular parts
  • Learn characterizing methods for evaluating performance of 3D printed parts and components
  • Learn how to match application requirements with available technologies
  • Learn about the latest LED research including white tunable systems, color rendering, flicker, and system reliability
  • Learn the pros, cons, capabilities, and limitations of connected lighting systems including PoE
  • Receive an LRC Continuing Education Certificate in LED Lighting
Working with LED and OLED systems

"Everyone involved in the growth of the LED industry and their various applications should be a part of this program."

LED Institute participant

About the instructors

Andrew Bierman, MS, LC — Professor Bierman is a senior research scientist at the LRC and an expert in photometry and radiometry. He is currently conducting research on the non-visual effects of light on health and circadian regulation. Other areas of research include mesopic vision (vision at low light levels), color vision, lighting controls, measurement of lighting efficiency, photosensor technology, and fluorescent lighting systems. Professor Bierman is one of our country's leading experts in photometric measurement and is the head of the LRC’s photometric laboratories.

Jean Paul Freyssinier, MS, LC —Professor Freyssinier is a senior research scientist and adjunct assistant professor at the LRC. His research includes solid-state lighting, LED performance, technology transfer, energy-efficient lighting design, photometry, the spectral effects of lighting, and education. Since 2000, he has been involved in lighting technology research, development, and evaluation at the LRC. His previous experience includes working as principal of design at a full-service architectural lighting and automation design firm and as project manager at an energy management firm, both in Mexico. He has taught in the LRC's graduate education program for the past 15 years and lectures frequently at conferences and seminars. He is the author of more than 35 scientific and technical articles related to energy efficiency, photometry, improved LED performance, and field applications, and co-author of six patents on LED remote phosphor technology.

N. Narendran, PhD —Dr. Narendran is a professor and director of research at the Lighting Research Center and a Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Narendran is well known for his pioneering research in the field of solid-state lighting, including LED performance improvement through novel packaging, development of accelerated life-testing methods, and the use of LEDs in high-value lighting applications. He leads ASSIST, an international organization dedicated to overcoming the technological hurdles facing LED lighting and helping to speed its market acceptance. Dr. Narendran has authored more than 130 articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds over 50 patents. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and a member of the committee on the assessment of solid-state lighting for the National Research Council of the National Academies. His research includes 3-D printing of lighting components, data analytics, and connected lighting systems.

Indika Perera, PhD — Dr. Perera is a research scientist working within the LRC’s Solid-State Lighting Program. He is a graduate of the LRC’s doctoral program with a degree in architectural sciences with a concentration in lighting. Dr. Perera’s expertise is in heat generation, transfer, and thermal management within LED lighting systems. His studies led to the publication of a mathematical model for predicting the temperature distribution in an LED phosphor layer, providing insight that is difficult to observe in experimental studies. His publication was a top download from the SPIE Digital Library under the category of light sources and illumination. His research interests include thermal management, material characterization, thermal measurements of solid-state lighting applications, and additive manufacturing including 3D printing.

Mark S. Rea, PhD — Dr. Rea is the past director of the LRC and an expert in human vision, lighting engineering, human factors, photobiology, psychology, and light and health. He is the author of more than one-hundred scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering, and human factors and was the editor-in-chief of the 8th and 9th editions of the IESNA Lighting Handbook. His current research projects include the development of new metrics to improve the acceptance of energy-efficient lighting technologies, the study of the effects of light on circadian disruption, and research on reducing the market barriers to widespread use of energy-efficient lighting. Dr. Rea has conducted groundbreaking research in the areas of human visual performance, visual efficacy at nighttime light levels, and light and human health. His exceptional research expertise and experience along with his outstanding leadership and management capabilities are a great asset to this course.

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