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Two-day "On-the-Road" LED Lighting Institute

If you are interested in hosting the 2-day LED Lighting Institute at your company's site, please contact Dan Frering, LRC director of educational programs, at

In response to requests from lighting professionals across the U.S., we are taking the LED Lighting Institute “on the road.” The premiere educational program on solid-state lighting, the LED Lighting Institute offers participants valuable information about LED technology and research and plenty of time to participate in hands-on sessions using LEDs.

In this new two-day version of the LED Lighting Institute, LRC experts will provide detailed instruction for lighting fixture designers and manufacturers, lighting specifiers, and other professionals interested in learning more about this quickly evolving lighting technology.

The LRC has designed the course to provide in-depth training and hands-on experience in working with the latest LED technologies for a variety of applications. Participants will learn how to incorporate LED technologies into the design of architectural lighting fixtures, and how to develop electrical, optical, and thermal management components that will best meet the needs of this revolutionary lighting technology. Instructors will also provide information on designing lighting applications that best take advantage of the unique attributes of LEDs. Attendees of the sessions will also be able to compare LED technologies from a variety of manufacturers and learn important information about operating characteristics, average-rated-life, lumen output, and other important specification factors.

LED Institue At the LED Lighting Institute you will:

  • Observe hands-on demonstrations of a full range of LED technologies used in a variety of applications
  • Learn to design lighting installations using LEDs
  • Learn to select and specify LED lighting system components
  • Experiment with LED lighting technology by building a lighting fixture
  • Learn how to match application requirements with available technologies
  • Learn about the latest LED research and testing information
  • Receive an LRC Continuing Education Certificate in LED lighting


Schedule (subject to modification):

  Morning Afternoon
  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Day 1 LED Technology and Operation: Update on the latest developments in LED technology; LED structure, packaging, operational characteristics, light extraction methods; general issues of LED life, color, and measurement. LED Electrical Characteristics: Electric construction of an LED device; voltage and current in high power devices; common wiring methods; electrical design challenges; methods used to drive, dim, and control LED systems. LED Optical & Thermal Characteristics: Optical control and modeling of LEDs; LED thermal resistance, convection, radiation, and modes of heat transfer; heat sinks; best practice in designing thermal management systems. Laboratory sessions: Hands-on and demonstration sessions covering thermal management and electrical design.

Lighting Design: Considerations for architectural and outdoor lighting design using LEDs.
Day 2 LED Photometry and Color: Lecture and demonstration on measuring LED intensity, light output, and distribution; spectral measurement and characterization; color, color rendering; brightness, and chromaticity of LEDs. ASSIST Recommends: Understanding issues involved in quantifying LED performance; LED testing and evaluation; selecting LED systems for architectural and outdoor lighting applications. Includes lectures and demonstrations. Hands-on session: Groups of participants will build and evaluate an LED lighting system for a particular application using LEDs and other system components from a variety of manufacturers. Group Presentations: Groups will present the results of their LED system development and evaluation. Questions & Answers: Final discussion session on LED technologies and applications.

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.

Mariana Figueiro, PhD — Dr. Figueiro is a professor and program director at the LRC. Her research areas include energy-efficient lighting, human factors in lighting, and working to better understand and quantify light as a stimulus for the circadian system. An architect by training, Dr. Figueiro received her Ph.D. in multidisciplinary science and her M.S. in lighting degrees from Rensselaer. She received the 2006 James D. Watson Award and the 2007 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award to continue her work in circadian photobiology. In addition to managing the LRC's Light and Health program, she serves as advisor and thesis committee member for graduate students and teaches Light and Health and Human Factors in Lighting.

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 10 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 two patents on LED remote phosphor technology.

Michael Jensen, PhD — Dr. Jensen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds a Professional Engineer's license and has served as principal investigator on more than 30 programs. Dr. Jensen has performed fundamental and applied research on a wide range of topics and is an expert on heat transfer. He has published more than 110 archival technical papers, edited 10 volumes, 30 other assorted reports, and an undergraduate textbook on thermal and fluids engineering.

N. Narendran, PhD — Dr. Narendran is a professor and director of research at the LRC. He is well known throughout the lighting industry for his pioneering research and educational activities in the field of solid-state lighting. Dr. Narendran leads a team of researchers and educators in the area of solid-state lighting at the LRC, and conducts research and educational programs to accelerate the development and market transformation of this promising technology. Dr. Narendran teaches the Physics of Light course within the LRC’s graduate education program, which includes photometry and optics. In addition, he has developed and taught courses in optics, LEDs, and fiber optic lighting. Dr. Narendran has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in archival journals and proceedings and holds several patents. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Mark S. Rea, PhD — Dr. Rea is the 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.

Yiting Zhu, PhD — Dr. Zhu is a research scientist at the LRC. She manages the LRC’s technology testing and evaluation program. Her current solid-state lighting research includes optical design, phosphor characterization, LED package and system reliability, photometry and OLEDs. She has several publications in the field of phosphor-converted LED packages and received the 2007 best paper award at the First International Conference on White LEDs and Solid State Lighting. During her doctoral study, she was the recipient of the Link Foundation Energy Fellowship (2007-2009).


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