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Troy, N.Y. -  3/20/2018

LRC Releases Video Series on Light and Health

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has released a series of short videos on the science of lighting for human health. The videos are now available on YouTube and on the LRC website
 
“We created these videos to help viewers understand how light affects people,” said Dr. Mariana Figueiro, LRC Director.
 
Three videos are currently available:
1. Circadian Rhythms. A brief overview of human circadian rhythms, why they're important, and the need for staying entrained with lighting. circadian rhythms video
2. Circadian Stimulus. A brief overview of circadian stimulus (CS), a metric developed at the LRC to quantify the extent to which lighting impacts the human circadian system. Learn about the role light levels and spectrum play in CS, and the impact of other qualities of lighting on the circadian system. circadian stimulus video
3. Circadian Stimulus Calculator. How to use the LRC's circadian stimulus calculator, which quantifies CS provided by one or more light sources. The calculator is available at http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/cscalculator/ Calculator video

A total of nine videos are planned for release this year, covering topics such as how to provide healthy lighting for office workers, lighting in schools, and the future of circadian lighting.   

The videos were produced with funding from the Light and Health Alliance and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Grant 1R01OH010668. 


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 www.lrc.rpi.edu.

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.