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Troy, N.Y. -  2/12/2014

Residential Lighting One-Day Training Course

New Course Helps Contractors, Homebuilders, Energy Auditors, Architects, to Select and Install Efficient, New Lighting Technologies, LEDs

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering a series of one-day training courses funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to assist contractors, homebuilders, energy auditors, architects, and other professionals throughout New York State to design and install efficient, new lighting systems in a variety of residential settings. The course, “Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques” provides attendees with critical information on selecting and installing new and emerging alternatives to traditional light sources, utilizing the Lighting Patterns for Homes interactive design tool.

Lighting for residential settings is evolving rapidly. Federal legislation is phasing out low efficacy lamps, including many incandescent lamps, which have been the primary light source in homes for more than 100 years. New advances in LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are revolutionizing the way homes are lighted, improving visibility, comfort, and functionality for homeowners, while vastly reducing energy use and maintenance. The availability of new LED lighting technology has spurred interest among homeowners and multifamily building managers about lighting. Homeowners are now looking for homes that have advanced lighting systems, and homebuilders and contractors can use energy-efficient lighting as a selling point in new home construction and renovation.

In New York City, the energy conservation code is now requiring that all buildings, including homes and multifamily buildings, meet new stricter guidelines for installing energy-efficient lighting systems whenever renovations or alterations are made to the buildings. Programs being offered by NYSERDA and electric utilities across the State are encouraging the use of energy-efficient lighting in homes. This has built market demand for new, more efficient lighting products, and professionals must be prepared to meet this demand. New technologies, such as LEDs, require an advanced knowledge of lighting system design, selection, and installation. For example, control systems, such as manual dimmers that worked well with incandescent technologies, will not always work properly when paired with LED lighting systems. Careful attention must also be paid to the installation environment of LED products to ensure that thermal management systems that are part of these products will prevent them from overheating and potentially reducing their life, light output, and operation.

The morning of each “Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques” seminar will review the various types of advanced lighting technologies (light bulbs, fixtures, controls) and important operational characteristics of each technology. Participants will be able to handle lighting products to get a feel for the way these products operate, are interconnected, and are installed. The session will also include a review of Lighting Patterns for Homes, which participants will use as part of the instruction. Participants will then use the information and tools they have learned in a group design exercise to redesign existing lighting plans to make them more efficient and effective for building occupants, and to estimate the costs and energy savings.

The cost for each participant is $40.00. This will include continental breakfast and lunch as well as all course materials and manuals. LRC Partners receive a 20% discount on the course fee. Participants will earn 6 American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved Health, Safety, Welfare Learning Units (LUs/HSW) for attending the course.

LRC will offer the one-day training course in locations throughout New York State: April 9, 2014 in Troy; April 30 in Newburgh; May 8 in Buffalo; May 14 in Elmira; May 15 in Syracuse; and October 1 in NYC.

Registration is now open for the “Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques” course!   

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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.