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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

LIVE! from the LRC: New round of Internet-teleconference seminars to start January 2005
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As a follow-up to the very successful series of Internet-teleconference seminars presented earlier this year, the LRC will offer additional seminars beginning in January 2005. These seminars will use a similar format to the previous LIVE! from the LRC programs, providing cutting-edge information on lighting in an easily accessible, interactive format. The programs will be held on the third Wednesday of every month beginning in January, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

The first seminar in the 2005 LIVE! from the LRC series will be "Truths and Myths in Lighting: Lessons from Research" on January 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. In this seminar, a panel of LRC lighting experts will discuss many of the controversial and confusing issues that lighting researchers have been confronted with in the past few years. For example, "Does 'full-spectrum' lighting really improve people's well-being and visual abilities?" For this seminar we are inviting potential participants to send us their most intriguing lighting questions. So, if you have a lighting-related question that you have always wanted answered by the experts, send it to us; it just might be included in the seminar. We need to receive all questions by December 1, 2004 in order for them to be considered by the panel. Anyone may send in a question. Please e-mail questions to Dan Frering at

Topics for the following four seminars will be:

Energy-Efficient Lighting – What’s new?
February 16, 2005; 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Planned Presenters:
Andrew Bierman, Conan O’Rourke, N. Narendran
Building on information included in the LIVE! from the LRC seminar presented in April 2004, LRC researchers will provide an update on energy-efficient lighting technology and design strategies. New information will be included on lighting controls, lamp/ballast systems, luminaires, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), as well as lighting application and design techniques that save energy and meet the needs of people.

Daylighting Techniques – What works?
March 16, 2005; 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Planned Presenters:
Russ Leslie, Andrew Bierman, Peter Morante
Russ Leslie, the LRC’s associate director and a practicing architect, will join other LRC researchers to present information from current research, building evaluations, and case studies on daylighting techniques that save energy while providing bright, well-lighted spaces for people. Information will include a review of recent case studies and evaluations of diverse daylighting strategies in a number of building types. The seminar will incorporate feedback from building occupants, analysis of energy savings, and the overall cost-effectiveness of systems installed in actual buildings across the United States. Information also will be provided on strategies and technologies to effectively control electric lighting to capture daylight energy savings.

Light and Health
April 20, 2005; 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Planned Presenters:
Mark Rea, Mariana Figueiro
In response to demand from many areas of the country, the LRC will provide an “encore” presentation of the very popular LIVE! from the LRC seminar on light and health held in June 2004. The seminar will include information on the connections uncovered in recent research between lighting and people’s well being, alertness, mood, and overall health. Dr. Mark Rea and Dr. Mariana Figueiro will provide information on the effects of light on circadian rhythms, light and alertness, effective light treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease, sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and other conditions. The seminar also will include new and updated information from recent research currently being conducted in this fascinating area of lighting study.

Advanced Seminar on Outdoor Lighting
May 18, 2005; 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Planned Presenters:
John Van Derlofske, Michele McColgan
Building on the information provided in the March 2004 LIVE! from the LRC seminar, “The Truth about Outdoor Lighting," LRC researchers Dr. John Van Derlofske and Dr. Michele McColgan will present a more advanced seminar on outdoor lighting. The seminar will include information on recent research of nighttime vision; outdoor lighting fixtures; the interaction of human vision, perception and various types of lighting at low light levels; effective outdoor lighting design and application; and the measurement and mitigation of light pollution. The seminar will include information from recent LRC research on metrics to measure and predict light pollution from planned lighting installations, as well as research being done to help develop a new and better classification system for outdoor lighting fixtures.

About LIVE! from the LRC
LIVE! from the LRC brings world-class lighting experts into people’s offices or homes via the Internet and their telephone lines. Participants have their questions answered by the leading authorities in lighting today. All that is needed to take part in the seminar is an Internet-connected computer and a telephone.

LIVE! from the LRC seminars are designed to meet the needs of architects, engineers, lighting specifiers, facility managers and administrators, building owners and developers, energy service professionals, and other professionals interested in gaining a better understanding of light and lighting.

Participants receive two university continuing education units (CEUs) accepted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council on Qualification for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and other professional organizations for each seminar attended.

Learn more about this exciting and unique opportunity at the LIVE! from the LRC Web site, or contact Dan Frering, the LRC's manager of education, at 518-687-7149 or

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.

2004 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 USA.

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