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Troy, N.Y. -  12/7/2009

Lighting Research Center Helps Catapult South Asia's Lighting Infrastructure into 21st Century

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) is conducting an intensive five-day program, in conjunction with the Regional Centre for Lighting in South Asia, designed to teach the latest advances and applications in lighting and demonstrate how these techniques and methods can be applied to achieve reliable, clean and efficient lighting throughout South Asia. The Sustainable Lighting Institute begins January 16, 2010, in Beruwala, Sri Lanka, and its content will include advances in energy-efficient technology, sustainable design, and human factors.

The South Asia Regional Centre for Lighting launched in April 2009 through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) and the LRC. The Regional Centre for Lighting is designed to advance sustainable lighting and make it affordable in South Asia to improve the well-being of the citizens and the countries within the region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

The LRC is the primary knowledge partner for the Regional Centre for Lighting in South Asia and plans to provide technical knowledge, training, and guidance on activities.

“South Asia has a unique advantage,” said Dr. Narendran, LRC research director and principal investigator for the project. “Since the region’s lighting infrastructure is in its infancy, South Asia has the opportunity to learn from both the accomplishments and mistakes experienced in the western part of the world, and promote processes and technologies and develop programs that have the best chance at success. Thus, education in energy-efficient lighting technologies and applications can ensure the energy security of South Asia.”

In addition to increasing the awareness of and accessibility to energy-efficient lighting technologies throughout South Asia, the Regional Centre for Lighting is dedicated to improving South Asia’s economy through lighting manufacturing, according to Dr. Krishan Deheragoda, Chairman, SLSEA. “We are putting great effort into developing collaborative relationships among industry, government and academia to implement regional manufacturing of sustainable lighting products and develop state-of-the-art performance testing facilities,” said Dr. Deheragoda. 

The five-day education program is one of many events to help share knowledge and educate engineers, architects, designers and planners in the eight-country region.

During the comprehensive lighting course, LRC professors, along with Sri Lanka’s University of Moratuwa professors, plan to share information on cutting-edge applications for both residential and outdoor lighting. Participants will learn the latest in sustainability techniques, LED technology, and daylighting design concepts, as well as how to perform the economic analysis of lighting including life cycle cost/benefit analysis, return on investment calculations, and the evaluation of lighting quality. The course agenda also includes a human factors element so participants will gain an understanding of how the human eye works and how people respond and react to light and different lighting schemes.

Upon completion of the Sustainable Lighting Institute, participants will earn three continuing education units and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate from the LRC.

More information on the program and registration details is available online at under the Training tab. 

About the Regional Centre for Lighting Serving South Asia
The Regional Centre for Lighting’s mission is to advance sustainable lighting, making it affordable in South Asia to improve the well-being of citizens and the countries within the region. The Regional Centre for Lighting intends to increase the awareness and affordability of energy-efficient, reliable and clean lighting technologies and their applications to reduce the electricity demanded by lighting; catalyze regional manufacturing of energy-efficient lighting products to improve the economy of the region and to make lighting affordable to many underprivileged citizens; and retrain and educate the necessary workforce in the region to create sustainable lighting in South Asia. For more information, visit

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.