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Troy, N.Y. -  4/6/2017

LRC Releases New Book Celebrating Collaborations with LRC Partners, Alliance Members, Sponsors

As the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute nears its 30th anniversary, it has become apparent that the collaborations between LRC researchers and the leading manufacturers and government agencies that comprise the LRC Partners and Alliances have made a significant impact on the world around us—not only in advancing lighting technologies and applications, but in the way people think about light. To celebrate these powerful collaborations, the LRC has published a book featuring 20 projects that have shaped our world—from enabling the broad adoption of solid-state lighting, to improving human health and wellbeing, to training the next generation of leaders in lighting.

“The most effective collaborations occur when academia, industry and government serve as partners for transformation,” said LRC Director Mark Rea. “This has been the central philosophy for the LRC since its inception, exemplified by the collection of selected accomplishments in our book.”

The LRC Partners are Current, powered by GE; the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA); OSRAM; Philips Lighting; and the Swedish Energy Agency.

LRC Alliance members include:

  • The Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST): Acuity Brands Lighting; Amerlux; BAE Systems; Bridgelux; Crystal IS; Current, powered by GE; Dow Corning; Eaton; Federal Aviation Administration; Finelite; Hubbell Lighting; Lumens; Lumileds; NYSERDA; Noveda Technologies; OSRAM; OSRAM Opto Semiconductors; Philips Lighting; Seoul Semiconductor; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The Light & Health Alliance: Acuity Brands; Cree; Current, powered by GE; Ketra; OSRAM; Philips Lighting; and USAI Lighting.
  • The Lighting Energy Alliance: Efficiency Vermont, Energize Connecticut, and National Grid.
  • The Transportation Lighting Alliance: Audi, Automotive Lighting, Hella, OSRAM, Lumileds, and Varroc Lighting.

At the end of the book, the LRC thanks the nearly 400 manufacturers, government agencies, and other organizations who have sponsored research at the LRC over the past 29 years.

An electronic version of the book is available at

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."