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Troy, N.Y. -  4/3/2013

New Photometry Lab at the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer recently unveiled its new photometry laboratory with a ribbon cutting at its 25th anniversary celebration, March 20. The new laboratory is supported with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Irvin “Jack” White, the past NYSERDA president who issued the 1987 request for proposals that established the LRC, cut the ribbon alongside LRC Director Mark Rea and current NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray, Jr.

“This new well equipped laboratory expands the LRC’s capabilities in lighting measurement and lighting product evaluation, in addition to providing tools to further the LRC’s research into new lighting technologies and new metrics,” said LRC Professor and Director of Research Nadarajah Narendran. “Our dedicated staff here at the LRC, especially Andy Bierman, Yiting Zhu, and Martin Overington, worked countless hours setting up the equipment, which is highly complex. Thanks to their hard work, the lab is now fully operational.”

The laboratory includes an imaging type goniophotometer system, mirror type goniophotometer system, illuminance meters, luminance meter and color analyzer, spectrometers, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calibrated lamp standards, a large thermally controlled integrating sphere system, and thermal test chambers. The new equipment allows LRC researchers to conduct photometric measurements on a wider range of lighting products and systems, including luminaires. In addition, the new laboratory expands the LRC’s training and education capabilities at its Photometry Institute, a three-day interactive course designed to build the knowledge and skills to establish and conduct photometric testing and evaluation of lighting products and systems. The hands-on course is geared toward engineers, technicians, managers, testing personnel, and product designers who want to learn more about photometric, colorimetric, and related evaluation of lighting products and prototypes, including the latest requirements for testing light-emitting diode (LED) and traditional lighting products—for example, understanding testing requirements for labeling programs such as ENERGY STAR® and Lighting Facts. LRC researchers will also be able to assist lighting manufacturers with a wider range of lighting measurements and evaluation services. The LRC is recognized throughout the world for objective, independent, third party testing of lighting products, and has the only university lighting laboratory accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0).

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.