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March 2009

Two Recent Additions to the LRC Partners Program

The LRC proudly welcomes AES Latin America and Con Edison as the newest members of the LRC Partners Program, which is designed to coordinate the efforts of public and private organizations to advance lighting research, education, and technology.  Full story. . .

LRC Enhances LED Outreach Education LED Institute

In response to requests from lighting professionals across the United States, the LRC has enhanced its outreach education by taking the LED Lighting Institute "on the road".    Full story. . .

New Daylight Institute Series

The LRC is offering the Daylight Institute, a series of two-day seminars on daylighting design and daylighting control specification.  Full story. . .

New Method to Reduce Headlamp Glare and Maintain Maximum Roadway Visibility

Evidence indicates that present-day low-beam vehicle headlamps do not provide sufficient visibility for driving speeds higher than 30 to 40 mph. However, few drivers use their high beams for fear of creating glare for oncoming motorists.  Full story. . .

Quantifying the Impact of Daylight and Electric Lighting on Student Alertness, Performance, and Well-being

The LRC has earned the notable distinction of receiving one of only 13 first-ever research grants awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Full story. . .

Framework Developed for Assessing Light Pollution

Balancing public and private interests for nighttime lighting has been a difficult undertaking, but scientists at the LRC have developed the first-ever comprehensive method for predicting and measuring various aspects of light pollution.  Full story. . .

DELTA Assesses T5 High-Output Lighting System in High-Bay Warehouse Application

The LRC's DELTA (Demonstration and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications) program field-tested the performance and energy efficiency of a 6-lamp T5 fluorescent lighting system.  Full story. . .

Mesopic Characterization of Nighttime Lighting Described in New ASSIST Guidelines

Much attention has been paid to increasing the luminous efficacy of outdoor lighting systems, and particularly to LED systems looking to replace traditional light sources used in this application. Yet, traditional means of finding the most efficacious light source for outdoor applications are not always appropriate.  Full story. . .

ASSIST Recommendation Provides New Evaluation Metric for Parking Lot LuminairesLED Institute

Parking lot and outdoor luminaires are a rapidly growing market for the LED lighting industry, and many LED-based outdoor luminaires have entered the marketplace with claims of significant energy savings and life-cycle cost reductions compared to traditional luminaires.   Full story. . .

LRC Recognized by Transportation Research Board for Best Paper Submitted

Performance Evaluation of Semipermanent High-Mast Lighting for Highway Construction Projects was selected as the best paper submitted last year to the Work Zone Traffic Control committee of the Transportation Research Board, one of six major divisions of the National Research Council—a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies.  Full story. . .

Lighting Research Center Graduate Student Wins National Lighting Award Rosa Capo

Rosa Capó, a second-year LRC master's student, was selected to receive one of two national scholarships from the Besal Lighting Education Fund, which aspires to encourage talented and committed students to pursue a career in the lighting industry.  Full story. . .

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

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