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Troy, NY` -  1/30/2002

Lighting Research Center forms Alliance to bring cutting edge technology to the marketplace

“Alliance For Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST)” will facilitate broad adoption of solid-state lighting

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is working with government agencies, public benefit organizations, and solid-state lighting manufacturers to support the development and widespread application of solid-state lighting systems for general lighting applications. Solid-state lighting, which includes LEDs, is a rapidly evolving technology that holds significant promise for energy savings and long life, and it is environmentally friendly.

The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST) is a newly formed collaborative program at the LRC. Its goal is to facilitate broad adoption of solid-state lighting technologies by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and lighting specifiers by helping to reduce major technical barriers and by identifying key applications for its use. “This collaborative effort will result in standardized, reliable products that are readily accepted by end users,” said Dr. N. Narendran, LRC director of research.

Dr. Narendran says ASSIST is seeking interested organizations to join this innovative program that promises to revolutionize lighting. Presently, GELcore, LumiLeds Lighting LLC, OSRAM Opto Semiconductor, Inc., and B/E Aerospace, Inc. have committed to ASSIST. For details about becoming a sponsor, please contact Dr. N. Narendran, LRC director of research, at, or telephone 518-687-7100.

The LRC will help to facilitate market acceptance of new light source technologies through research, demonstration, and education. Lighting specifiers will be able to use information provided by the program to apply this new technology successfully and to expand application of LEDs for general illumination. With the consortium, the LRC will develop descriptors and standardized measurement methods to quantify quality parameters. Human factors evaluations will help researchers to understand human response to LED lighting system beam and color quality. Applications for LED light sources will change as lighting products evolve, so the LRC will engage key lighting designers to demonstrate and evaluate LED lighting technology. Education is a proven method of advancing the use of new products, so the LRC will develop outreach education seminars to educate and train potential manufacturers and end users about LED lighting systems.

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 solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. 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. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."