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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

General News
Paper Helps Scientists Compare Light Levels Used in Cancer Studies
Lighting studies with rodents

A new scientific paper written by Lighting Research Center scientists may help cancer researchers decode results in laboratory studies of light and cancer risk that use mice and rats. “Of mice and women: Light as a circadian stimulus in breast cancer research” will allow researchers to quantitatively compare light levels used in rodent studies with lighting conditions experienced by humans.

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Leading Scientists Examine the Impact of Architectural Lighting on Breast Cancer
Seminar speakers

Leading epidemiologists and lighting scientists gathered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 17 to examine the impact of architectural lighting on breast cancer. Recent scientific studies claim to demonstrate a link between architectural lighting and cancer growth.

“The incidence of breast cancer continues to grow, and the work of many epidemiologists and lighting scientists is leading us to believe that architectural lighting may be a factor,” said Mark Rea, Ph.D., director of the Lighting Research Center and host of the panel discussion.

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Scientists Develop Simple Alternative for Harvesting Daylight and Saving Energy
The DaySwitch™

Scientists at the Lighting Research Center have developed a simple, cost-effective, energy-saving device designed to harvest daylight automatically. The DaySwitch™ was designed as an alternative to traditional dimming ballast systems that adjust light levels by reducing the lamp current.

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One-year Master's Program at the LRC
Get an LRC master's in lighting in nine months

Leap frog to the top of the lighting profession. In less than one year, you can return to your profession armed with a Master of Science degree from the nation’s oldest technological university. The two-semester program is conducted at the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting.

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Communicating Light Source Color to Consumers
Light source color differences

Most consumers do not understand the color of various light sources such as incandescent or fluorescent lamps.

The Lighting Research Center conducted six focus groups in three U.S. cities and is proposing a system to communicate color to consumers.

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New Publication: NLPIP Diagnoses Lighting Problems
Lighting Diagnostics

Lighting systems are becoming more complicated and harder to specify, install, and commission properly. To help facility managers, lighting specifiers, and building owners, the National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) is now publishing Lighting Diagnostics reports. Lighting Diagnostics documents actual cases in which NLPIP researchers have helped to diagnose and solve lighting problems in commercial buildings.

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NLPIP Receives EPA Environmental Quality Award
EPA and NLPIP logos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has presented a 2006 U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award to the National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP).

The Environmental Quality Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by the U.S. EPA’s Region 2 (Northeast) office.

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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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