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Troy, N.Y. -  11/10/2014

LRC Produces New Video on Lighting Value Metrics

Click image to view the video!Since the advent of the electric lamp, the lighting industry has focused on reducing costs so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of lighting. However, there's a problem with only focusing on costs because it assumes that light is light, so the cheaper the light, the better the lighting, which is simply not true. The light needed in an office is different than the light needed to drive, which is different than the light needed to highlight a product, which is different than the light needed to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Traditionally, we have measured light for all of these situations in terms of lumens. But the lumen is not always the best way to measure the benefits of light. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed new metrics, based upon research in neuroscience, which can be used to quantify the various and multifaceted benefits of light. The LRC's video features key examples of these new metrics.

Advances in lighting technologies like SSL and controls enable us to increase the value of lighting. Not only can we continue to decrease the cost of lighting, but we can increase the benefits of lighting because now we can measure light in terms of those benefits.

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Find Out More

Value Metrics for Better Lighting by LRC Director Mark S. Rea

The Value Proposition: A New Spin on 'Value Engineering' - LD+A, February 2014

The Value Proposition: Where Are the Products? - LD+A, May 2014 

The Value Proposition: A Metric for the Aesthetic - LD+A, August 2014

Attend Live Events

LRC Director Mark S. Rea will be the Impact Speaker at LIGHTFAIR and will be leading a panel discussion at Strategies in Light on the topic of lighting value metrics and monetizing the benefits of lighting with the goal of transforming lighting from a commodity “socket filling” business to a “value providing” business.  More information on these events can be found on this page.

Each year in October, the LRC’s annual Partners event brings together the world’s leaders in lighting research, education and technology, from industry, government, and universities, to view demos of the research conducted at LRC over the past year and to plan future research and education activities. Find out how you can become an LRC Partner!

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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.