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Monday, July 24, 2006

Research News
Researchers Examine How Headlight Glare May Affect Driving Behaviors and Roadway Safety
Headlamp glare

The Lighting Research Center has demonstrated that headlight glare may increase driver discomfort and result in poor visibility. Now, through a two-year, $890,000 award from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), LRC scientists will further their work in this field. The LRC will examine the causes and effects of headlamp glare and develop technological solutions through advanced forward lighting systems designed to meet performance requirements while minimizing unnecessary glare.

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ASSIST Draws Global Support to Advance the Applications of LED Technology
ASSIST LED demonstration

Cree, Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration, and Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., are new sponsors of 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 light-emitting diode (LED) technology gain widespread use in lighting applications.

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LRC Hosts LED Lighting Institute September 13-15, 2006
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.”

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New NLPIP Lighting Answers: T8 Fluorescent Lamps, Photovoltaic Lighting, and High-wattage CFLs
NLPIP Lighting Answers logo

The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) has released three new Lighting Answers reports.

Lighting Answers: T8 Fluorescent Lamps explores developments in 4-foot, 32-watt T8 lamps. The report replaces the first report on T8 lamps published in 1993. The new report provides an overview of the performance claims for initial light output, rated life, lumen maintenance, and color.

Lighting Answers: High-wattage Compact Fluorescent Lamps introduces this new lamp type and focuses on its use in high-ceiling retrofit applications. It examines product characteristics such as light output, luminous efficacy, lamp life, color properties, thermal behavior, and performance at different lamp orientations, starting profiles, and retrofit limitations.

Lighting Answers: Photovoltaic Lighting explains how to select and specify a PV lighting system for some outdoor lighting applications. It explores issues to consider when deciding between PV power and generated power.

Lighting Answers reports provide practical information about a variety of lighting technologies. View the Lighting Answers publications list, or visit the NLPIP Web site.

Effective, Energy-Efficient Lighting for Small Commercial Spaces
New York Energy $mart logo

The Lighting Research Center is assisting the State of New York in promoting effective and energy-efficient lighting in small commercial spaces. The New York Energy $martSM Small Commercial Lighting Program (SCLP) promotes effective, energy-efficient lighting solutions that allow people to see more easily and cost less to operate. SCLP, operated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), helps lighting contractors, distributors, designers, specifiers, and other professionals to design and implement lighting improvements in small commercial spaces.

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LRC Announces Lutron Scholarship Award Recipient
Lutron scholarship winner

The Lighting Research Center has announced the recipient of the 2006 Lutron Scholarship, Huiying Wu. The funds are used to offset the cost of tuition for a student enrolled in one of the LRC’s graduate programs who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and strong leadership abilities, as well as a commitment to research in advanced lighting technologies or lighting controls. 

The scholarship is generously supported by a $20,000 grant from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., and has been awarded annually since 1996.

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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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