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Live! from the LRC

2020 Webinars

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is presenting a series of monthly webinars on a variety of leading-edge topics in lighting. The live, one-hour webinars will include information on the latest research in lighting, and will be interactive to allow participants to ask questions of LRC researchers about each of the topics presented.

Upcoming Webinar Topics and Schedule

LED InstallationOutdoor Lighting: Making Uniformity a Priority for Security Lighting

March 10, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Jennifer Brons, John Bullough

We often light streets, parking lots and other outdoor locations to help reinforce a sense of safety and personal security. In recent years there have been many discussions about the role of the spectral distribution (color) of outdoor lighting for visual effectiveness and energy efficiency. These discussions are based upon the obvious differences between yellow high pressure sodium lamps and white light emitting diode sources. This webinar will help participants understand that spectrum is a relatively unimportant factor compared to the uniformity of lighting when it comes to making people feel safe and secure outdoors, and will help them demand not only better standards for outdoor lighting, but better products for achieving those standards.

LED InstallationLighting: Red, White, and Blue

April 14, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Mariana Figueiro, Mark Rea, Andrew Bierman

When we think of lighting, we typically only think of white light. However, research is providing new information on the potential impacts of both short and long wavelengths of light. This webinar will present information on the impacts of both red and blue light on such issues as improving alertness for people, circadian entrainment, and even preventing diseases in plants. Presenters will also discuss the issue of blue light hazard.

LED InstallationUV: Beyond Red, White, and Blue

May 12, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Mark Rea, Andrew Bierman

There is growing interest in the application of Ultraviolet (UV) energy for purposes ranging from disinfection in hospitals and other healthcare settings to preventing or combating several types of plant diseases in controlled-environment agriculture and in field production. This webinar will review recent research on the use of UV for a variety of applications. It will also provide information on UV safety and photodegradation issues.

Earn CEUs from your desktop

All participants will receive one (1) university continuing education unit (CEU) for each of the webinars. These CEUs are generally accepted by certification agencies and professional organizations.


Registration for each webinar is $40.00 per person.

Discounted registration is available for New York State residents, LRC Partners and LRC Alliance members at $25.00 per person.

All participants must register. See Registration, below.

Who should participate?

This seminar is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Architects, lighting designers, engineers
  • Efficiency contractors
  • Other lighting specifiers and installers
  • Lighting manufacturers
  • Researchers, and plant physiologies
  • Others interested in new, and innovative uses of light

About the Presenters

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, and lighting for plant health. Professor Bierman is one of our country's leading experts in photometric measurement and is the head of the LRC’s photometric laboratories.

Jennifer Brons, MS, LC, Educator IALD — Jennifer Brons is the director of design demonstrations at the LRC. She earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from U.C. Berkeley (cum laude) and her M.S. in Lighting from Rensselaer. Since 1997, her work at LRC has focused on lighting design applications and human factor studies for new lighting technologies. She heads the "DELTA" Program, a series of lighting case studies that are available to the public online. Brons coordinates the light pollution program entitled "Outdoor Site Lighting Performance" on behalf of lighting companies in North America and Europe. She teaches lighting design and develops educational material about how to use lighting more effectively.

John Bullough, PhD — Professor Bullough is the director of transportation and safety lighting programs at the LRC. He is an expert in transportation and roadway lighting and conducts research in wide range of areas related to outdoor lighting including the development of guidelines for outdoor and roadway lighting; quantification of glare from outdoor lighting installation; development and evaluation of improved roadway lighting systems and technologies; and human vision at nighttime light levels.

Mariana Figueiro, PhD — Dr. Figueiro is among the world’s leading experts in the area of light and health, with a focus on bridging science to practical applications aimed at improving human quality of life. She has made a significant impact on this developing field and continues to actively expand her influence through translational research and teaching. She is principal investigator of various research projects within the LRC, including three R01 grants and a Training Program (T32) grant from the National Institute on Aging and an R01 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She regularly collaborates with lighting designers and manufacturers, through her work with the LRC’s Light and Health Alliance. In 2017 Dr. Figueiro was named Director of the LRC, overseeing the entire 30,000-sq.-ft. research center and its faculty and staff.

Mark S. Rea, PhD — Dr. Rea is an expert in circadian photobiology, mesopic vision, psychological responses to light, lighting engineering, and visual performance. He is the author of more than 250 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 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Lighting Handbook. He has been elected Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting (UK) and Fellow of the IES. Dedicated to the notion that our society undervalues light because we do not properly measure its benefits, his 2013 book Value Metrics for Better Lighting brings together a wide range of research to illustrate how the effective use of light can benefit society and the environment. In 2019 he was recognized as the most cited author over the past 50 years in Lighting Research & Technology, which is the most prestigious journal in lighting.


Registration Deadline: All registrations must be received by one week prior to the date of each webinar.

  1. Sign up for the session by filling out the REGISTRATION FORM and emailing it to us. You can also register by phone at (518) 276-7100.
  2. Once your participation fee is processed, you will receive an email confirmation.
  3. Prior to the event you will receive a Web link to connect to the conference and any additional instructions.

For more information

To find out more about the LIVE! From the LRC webinars contact Dan Frering, the LRC director of educational programs, at (518) 276-7100 or via email.

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