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Troy, NY -  11/18/2002

Lighting Research Center to Present "Lighting the Bennington Battle Monument: Issues and Options"

After public forum, students will demonstrate a possible lighting design *

Graduate students from the Lighting Research Center (LRC), part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present a second public forum and a lighting demonstration in Bennington, Vermont to examine the idea of lighting the Bennington Battle Monument. The forum will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at the Bennington Fire Station.

In September, the LRC held an initial forum in which acting director Russell Leslie acquainted residents with the Lighting Research Center and explained the LRC’s role in exploring the issues involved in lighting the 306-foot Revolutionary War monument.

“Rather than take a position on the idea, the LRC has been examining the social, political, economic, and technical issues surrounding any plan to light the monument, said Professor Leslie, who is also a Bennington area architect. “After listening to concerns and questions at the first forum, we went to work finding answers.”

Two LRC graduate classes are involved in the project. Professor Leslie’s “Lighting Workshop” class gathered concerns and questions presented at the first meeting. The students then studied the issues raised and prepared a presentation to be made at the second forum. Those issues include cost, energy efficiency, light pollution, appearance, and maintenance. The students also looked at other communities that have illuminated similar monuments.

Professor Janet Lennox Moyer’s advanced lighting design class developed a lighting design to demonstrate what the monument could look like if it is illuminated. Professor Moyer is an internationally acclaimed lighting designer. Moyer says the students considered all of the issues raised as they developed their lighting design.

The students will present their findings between 7:00 and 8:30 pm on Wednesday at the fire station. After discussing policy, economic, tourism, and aesthetic issues, they will move the meeting to the monument and demonstrate their proposed lighting design.

“The best way to show what the monument would look like is to actually light it,” said Michael Myer, a graduate student in Professor Moyer’s class. “Our design is what we would recommend if residents decide to light it.”

The LRC’s involvement is designed to serve as an educational opportunity for its graduate students, and as a source of objective information for Bennington residents.

“The Battle Monument is an important landmark in the region.” said Leslie. “We hope our work will help area citizens be fully informed before they make a decision about lighting it.”

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.