Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

LRC publications recognized for quality and technical excellence
Graphic: STC logo

In the past 16 years, the LRC has distributed lighting research and education through numerous publications and resources. These publications offer important technical information to a variety of audiences, from scientists, to lighting professionals, to homeowners. The LRC’s Web site ( is continually updated with new publications, papers, reports and news.

“LRC technical publications provide the best means for us to disseminate research findings and technical recommendations worldwide. LRC researchers and communication specialists take special care to produce publications that are accurate, thorough and useful,” said Keith Toomey, LRC’s director of communications.

This past spring, LRC publications were honored with three technical communication awards. Field Test DELTA: Integrated Skylight Luminaire, Lighting Education Online, and NLPIP Lighting Answers: LED Lighting Systems all won awards from the upstate New York Mohawk chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, an international professional society of 25,000 technical writers, editors, designers, and media specialists.

Graphic: Award-winning Field Test DELTA cover
Field Test DELTA wins technical publication award.

Field Test DELTA, which received the highest, Distinguished award went on to compete in STC’s International Competition, where it also garnered a merit award from the judges.

Jennifer Brons is the DELTA program director and author of the Field Test DELTA publication. Brons said, "The DELTA program's goal is to bring high quality, technical information about lighting and energy efficiency to a wide audience. This award shows that DELTA publications are meeting that objective."

About the winning publications

The primary goal of the Field Test DELTA program is to facilitate the rapid market acceptance of innovative, energy-efficient technologies. Field Test DELTA project teams evaluate and explain new lighting technologies before they become widespread commercially. Field Test DELTA: Integrated Skylight Luminaire introduced an LRC-developed skylight-electric light fixture for high-bay warehouses, explained what it is and how it works in an actual environment, and described the field test conducted and how the product performed.

Lighting Education Online is an interactive, Internet-based education program for building, design and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light and lighting. Currently, two courses are available: Lighting Terminology and Lighting Technology. Taken together, these courses, plus new courses to be added over time, make up a comprehensive professional education program in lighting.

NLPIP Lighting Answers publications answer specific questions relevant to lighting decision-makers. Lighting Answers: LED Lighting Systems answers some commonly asked questions about lighting systems using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The publication helps practitioners understand the differences between LEDs and other conventional light sources, as well as relevant performance characteristics. This publication should be useful to any practitioner who wants to use LED systems effectively in lighting applications.

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. Founded in 1988, the Lighting Research Center has built an international reputation as a trusted and reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Its mission is to advance the effective use of light and create a positive legacy of change for society and the environment.

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