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Summer 2010
Windows LT: Light, Materials, and Dynamic Perception

Light Art ExhibitThis spring, LRC graduate students created a lighting installation — a three-dimensional light-art exhibit that accentuates the beauty, emotion, and science of light. Rather than build individual light-art exhibits, this year’s class chose to combine ideas to design and build one interactive masterpiece, Windows LT: Light, Materials and Dynamic Perception. The student project stemmed from the LRC’s Lighting Workshop course, a research and design class integrating technology, design, policy, and communication. As part of the course, the students perform research examining the use of light as a medium. They then have three weeks to design and develop a “message” using lighting. To construct the project, the class divided into a construction group and a ‘lighting’ group that focused on finding the lighting technologies needed to achieve the effects required in the project. The exhibit was set up so that, depending on how one moved around the room and how much time one spent in each different exhibit chamber, the overall experience changed, according to Rinara Reh, one of the Lighting Workshop students.   

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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

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