|LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are the next generation of lighting. The rapidly evolving technology is drawing a lot of attention, and many lighting professionals are eager to use it in a variety of applications, from signs and signals to illumination. To nurture this promising technology properly, the Lighting Research Center and its LED industry program, the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), are showing people how this important technology works in the real world. Their twice-yearly LED Lighting Institute brings people from all over the world together for a three-day, hands-on seminar. The next LED Lighting Institute is set for September 18-20, and a few seats are still available.
“There are still some misconceptions and claims out there that LEDs can simply replace your standard light bulb in every situation, but that’s not really the case right now,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “With the LED Lighting Institute, we’re helping participants to gain a broad understanding of lighting so they can produce successful lighting applications that consider LED operating characteristics, appropriate design approaches, and human factors.”
The LED Lighting Institute educates participants about the best uses for LEDs, including which applications can benefit from the technology and how to integrate LEDs into lighting designs. In a small-class setting, participants learn from lighting experts at the LRC about the latest advances in LED research, testing, and technology. Lab sessions involve students in measuring photometric, electrical, and thermal properties of LEDs. Design sessions show how to match application requirements with available technologies, select and specify LED lighting system components, and design lighting installations using LEDs. Teams experiment with LED technology by building their own light fixtures to solve a lighting problem more effectively than the solutions offered by traditional technologies.
Participants interact with senior LRC researchers, who are experts in lighting technologies, lighting design, optical modeling, and human factors. In addition, participants work with the latest LED products on the market.
The LED Lighting Institute has gained notable support from sponsors who see the benefit of LED lighting education, including ASSIST members: Boeing, Cree, Federal Aviation Administration, GE Lumination, Lite-On, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lighting, Photonics Cluster (UK)/The Lighting Association, Seoul Semiconductor, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Other LED Lighting Institute sponsors include Borealis, Color Kinetics, Lamina, Nichia America Corp., Opto Technology, Philips Lumileds Lighting, and the United States Department of Energy.
The next LED Lighting Institute will be held September 18-20, 2007 at the Lighting Research Center in Troy, N.Y. See the program Web site for more information.
|About the Lighting Research Center|
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals. Visit http://www.lrc.rpi.edu.