Lighting Research Center

Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment

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Demonstration and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications (DELTA)
Jennifer Brons for more information
We introduced Demonstration and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications (DELTA) in 1994. Since then, DELTA has evaluated more than a dozen lighting solutions in many common building types: offices, schools, stores, senior housing, and industrial facilities. DELTA publishes the results as case studies, each carefully documented to include sample specifications and dimensions. Items of interest in each case include energy use, maintenance, environmental impact, occupant acceptance, and performance.

Jennifer Brons for more information
DesignWorks provides cutting-edge lighting design solutions, effectively pairing advanced research with dynamic design concepts. Design is rooted in multidisciplinary research, and this program critically addresses the personal, environmental, and economic needs of contemporary society.

Jeremy Snyder for more information
Our experts on lighting are transforming the market for lighting products. Through this program we speed the creation, entry, and penetration of new, energy-efficient lighting products into the commercial and residential markets. We also offer technical information, advice, and assistance to our sponsors and their customers in networking and planning activities to that end.

Illumination for Plant Health
Jaimin Patel for more information
The Illumination for Plant Health (IPH) program at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute works closely with industry, government, commercial growers, NGOs and other interested stakeholders to advance innovative strategies for plant disease control. The goal of the IPH program is to develop sustainable disease management solutions using the latest lighting technologies, apply research results in practice for a greater understanding of their applicability, and educate stakeholders on the use of lighting technologies to control plant diseases

Light and Health
Mariana Figueiro for more information
Our work in light and health includes studies of the visual and nonvisual effects of light on human health. We're working to understand the effects of light on circadian rhythms, combat seasonal affective disorder, and improve day and nightshift productivity in the workplace. The Light and Health program bridges the gap between science and application by conducting both basic and applied research and producing educational materials.

National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP)
Jeremy Snyder for more information
The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) provides lighting specifiers, professionals, and consumers with manufacturer-specific information and performance data in useful formats to help them to find and use efficient, quality lighting products. NLPIP information is often not currently available or easily accessible from other sources. NLPIP is supported by government agencies, public benefit organizations, and electric utilities. To maintain objectivity, NLPIP does not accept funding from manufacturers.

Rebekah Mullaney for more information
Joining the LRC Partners program provides you with opportunities to shape the future of lighting by building relationships, networking, and participating in cutting-edge lighting research and education. Strategic planning seminars, conferences, and special events give Partners a chance to interact with LRC staff and other Partners and to discuss issues of mutual concern.

Solid-State Lighting
N. Narendran for more information
Solid-state lighting is the first genuinely new lighting technology in more than a century. The light-emitting diode, or LED, is well established as an energy-saving light source for use in indicators and signals, but it has the potential to do more. Our Solid-State Lighting program leads the way in developing solid-state lighting for general illumination applications.

Transportation Lighting
John Bullough for more information
Our Transportation Lighting group conducts research to improve the roadway visibility system, which consists of fixed roadway lighting, vehicular lighting and signaling, and traffic lights and signs. We consider these components as part of the overall visibility system and work to optimize their efficiency, safety, and appearance. Our work includes research and educational programs in such disciplines as optical design, photometry, human factors, vision, product testing, and market assessment.

Value Metrics
Mark Rea for more information
We're creating new lighting metrics, based on research in neuroscience, to quantify the various and multifaceted benefits of light. The light needed in an office is different than the light needed to drive, which is different than the light needed to highlight a product, which is different than the light needed to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. While we have traditionally measured light for all these situations in terms of lumens, value metrics can help establish a better way to measure the benefits of light.

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