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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

General News
LRC Helping to Design ‘Headlamps of Tomorrow’
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As automobiles and headlamp technologies become more sophisticated, the LRC’s growing transportation lighting program is fostering new research and using its expertise to inform governmental regulators and manufacturers about headlamp characteristics and performance issues. A series of LRC studies conducted over the last two years and several still ongoing are providing greater knowledge to researchers about how headlamps help and hinder drivers.

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Advanced Lighting Assists Patients and Staff in Long-term Care Facility
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A new study from the LRC is showing how innovative lighting designs and advanced technologies, including LEDs, photosensors and occupancy sensors, can help seniors in long-term care environments maintain independence and be more comfortable.

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How Does Light at Night Affect Your Health?
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LRC researchers are updating the scientific, medical, and lighting communities regarding ongoing research in the area of light and health. The LRC’s continuing study of light’s impact on human and mouse circadian systems may help medical researchers to reassess important health issues such as potential cancer risks from light at night. To disseminate the latest information on the biological effects of light, the LRC presented its findings on the biological effects of light and related subjects at several conferences during the fall of 2004.

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New Case Studies Highlight Commercial Daylighting Concepts
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On the heels of its first case study release for Smith Middle School, the Daylight Dividends program has published two additional case studies of commercial daylighting strategies: Harmony Library in Fort Collins, Colo., and TomoTherapy Inc., in Madison, Wis.

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NVLAP Reaccredits LRC Lamp Testing Facility
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The LRC recently passed an external audit by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to recertify its lamp testing facility. The certification means that the LRC satisfactorily complies with criteria set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and certain ISO regulations for testing energy-efficient lighting products. NVLAP requires reaccreditation every year and an external audit every two years.

The LRC’s testing laboratory is one of only six non-manufacturer NVLAP-accredited labs for lighting in the United States, making it one of the few independent resources for testing lamps. The facility is used primarily for studies conducted by the LRC’s Program for the Evaluation and Analysis of Residential Lighting (PEARL) and National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP).

NLPIP Director Conan O’Rourke said NVLAP was pleased with the quality of the LRC’s personnel and testing equipment. He added, “Some of our work may even lead to changes in the current testing standards to address some of the concerns that we raised during the audit.”

Utility Administrators: Learn About Lighting
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The LRC is planning its first lighting seminar designed especially for utilities and public agencies responsible for energy conservation programs. Administrators and personnel are invited to attend the jam-packed two-day seminar titled, “What you always wanted to know about lighting but didn’t know who to ask,” scheduled for early May.

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Got Questions About Lighting?
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Back in 2005 is LIVE! From the LRC Internet Teleconference, a monthly 90-minute seminar that brings LRC lighting experts straight to your office via telephone and Internet. The next teleconference is January 19, 2005 at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST.

Truths and Myths in Lighting: Lessons from Research will examine many of the myths and misconceptions that have developed in the field of lighting in recent years. These  have led lighting professionals and the public to ask many questions of lighting researchers. 

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New Degree Options Attracting New Graduate Students
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Students interested in graduate-level study at the LRC now have more flexibility with a wider range of degree options. The three degree options include Master of Science in Lighting, Master of Science in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting, and Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting.

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Next LED Lighting Institute: April 27-29, 2005
LED Lighting Institute

Interested in learning more about solid-state lighting and light-emitting diodes (LEDs)? If so, plan to attend the LRC's LED Lighting Institute. This intensive three-day, hands-on workshop is scheduled for April 27-29, 2005. Seating is limited at this popular program, so register early. LRC experts help participants learn more about this rapidly evolving lighting technology through presentations about current research and applications, as well as hands-on design work. Other topics include incorporating LED technologies into architectural lighting fixtures, developing optical components that take advantage of LED characteristics, and designing applications using LEDs. Participants earn 20 continuing education units. To learn more or to register, visit the LED Lighting Institute Web site.

NEW: Web Search Tools to Find Lighting Information
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The LRC has added a new search feature to its Web site. A general site search allows visitors to search more than 2,500 Web pages on many topics of interest. The Web site also offers an updated publications search that allows visitors to input keywords and find bibliographic information on all LRC-authored publications.

Both search features are available directly from the LRC home page and from navigation links at the top of every page. Search now.

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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