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Troy, N.Y. -  6/5/2018

LRC Recruiting Participants for New Study: Office Lighting for Health and Energy Savings

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is recruiting participants over 18 years old for a new study evaluating different lighting products in a simulated office environment. 

The study may take place on any weekday from June 18 to June 29 during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). This study should only take 20 minutes, and it is a one-time session. Participants may choose which 20-minute slot on any of the listed dates to participate.
The goal of this research is to assess acceptability, including glare and other factors, of commercially available energy efficient light fixtures that provide circadian stimulus to office workers.
The study will take place in a simulated office environment at the Lighting Research Center. Participants will be seated at a desk with the light fixture being evaluated recessed in, or suspended from the ceiling and centered over the desk. Participants will be asked to perform a typing task on a computer monitor located on the desk and will be asked to evaluate the brightness, glare and overall acceptability of the light fixture while seated in this position. Participants will then be seated with a 45° viewing angle (above horizontal) to the center of the light fixture being evaluated, and participants will be asked to rate the discomfort glare of the fixture using the De Boer scale in this position. Four different scenarios will be presented. It will take approximately 20 minutes to evaluate all four conditions.
These evaluations will assist the LRC in developing guidelines that will help lighting specifiers provide lighting for commercial spaces that increases the occupants’ health and wellbeing while maintaining the energy savings provided by typical LED lighting to the greatest extent possible. 

Persons interested in participating in the study should contact Madison Laks at or (518) 687-7112 for more information. Thank you!

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."