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Winter 2011
LRC Steers Collaborative Initiative To Achieve Sustainable Lighting in South Asia with LED Technology

Efforts reached a milestone in January 2011 with the first South Asia Lighting Transformation Forum

LRC Professor Russ Leslie leads a hands-on session to explain benefits of solid-state lighting The LRC is steering a major initiative to promote sustainable lighting in South Asia, using light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Efforts reached a milestone min-January when global lighting manufacturers, world finance and development organizations, and leading government representatives met to develop a regional lighting technology roadmap at the first South Asia Lighting Transformation Forum.

The event took place January 17-19 in Male’, Maldives. Sponsored by the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/Energy) program, the forum was designed to create a framework for a five-year, step-by-step guide to transforming the region to sustainable lighting using LEDs.  

An event summary, including a list of key presenters, is available at Participants included LRC Partners GE Lighting, OSRAM Sylvania, Inc., Philips Lighting, and U.S. EPA, and LRC program sponsor Cree, Inc.

“The demand for energy keeps growing in South Asia as regional industries expand and the percentage of households connected to the electrical grid increases. Lighting contributes to a significant portion of the electric power demand. Therefore, the overall initiative to promote sustainable lighting with new energy-efficient light sources, such as LED, is critical not only for the region’s energy security but also for preserving the environment and improving the economy,” said Nadarajah Narendran, Ph.D., LRC director of research, and principal investigator on the project.

With the framework now established, a detailed five-year roadmap for transforming lighting in South Asia is under way. With LRC’s support, the Regional Centre for Lighting in South Asia will lead the implementation phase of this roadmap along with regional stakeholders.

A press release with additional event details is available at

A two-page brochure detailing Regional Centre for Lighting initiatives and programs is available at

To learn more about the LRC's international solid-state lighting activities, visit

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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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