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

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

LRC Hosts LED Lighting Institute September 13-15, 2006
Session will highlight LED system design
By Mary Cimo
LED Lighting Institute participant experiments with LEDs

The Lighting Research Center will hold a three-day, hands-on seminar to teach industry professionals about incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into lighting applications. The LED Lighting Institute will include updated technical content based on the latest industry developments. Participants will take part in workshops and hands-on lab sessions highlighting LED technology, lighting design, and optical modeling, while using the newest LED products on the market.

“This seminar will involve a more detailed LED evaluation segment than seminars in the past,” said Dan Frering, LRC manager of education. “We have enhanced the program and plan to have participants design and evaluate complete LED systems, whereas before they developed and evaluated individual LED fixtures.”

According to Frering, the new program is designed to have participants choose and evaluate all necessary LED system components, including heat sinks, LEDs, and drivers from a variety of manufacturers. Then participants will have the opportunity to compare the systems side-by-side, examining the thermal, photometric, and color properties for each system.

Collaborating to improve LED technology

“The LRC is uniquely positioned in that it works closely with both the lighting manufacturers and the applications community in order to help improve LED system technology,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “The workshop is designed to offer objective information on current LED technology and create realistic expectations for using LEDs in place of less efficient lighting, as well as teach methods for measuring and quantifying LED performance.”  

This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, so Frering recommends early registration. Those who sign up by August 12, 2006, will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Upon completion of the LED Lighting Institute, participants will earn three continuing education units and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate in LED lighting technology. More than 300 people from around the globe have completed the course to date. The program is held in the spring and fall of each year, and enrollment is limited to 30 students. For more information or to register for the September session, visit the LED Lighting Institute Web site.

The LED Lighting Institute has gained notable support from sponsors who see the benefit of LED lighting education. The main sponsor is the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), a collaboration of researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations designed to identify and reduce major technical hurdles and help LED technology gain widespread use in lighting applications. Recently Cree, Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration, and Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., became sponsors of ASSIST. Other ASSIST sponsors include Boeing, GELcore, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NICHIA America Corporation, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lighting, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Additional LED Lighting Institute sponsors include Color Kinetics, Inc., Lamina, Opto Technology, Inc., PolyBrite International, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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.

Rennselear Polytechnic Institute