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Troy, N.Y. -  7/19/2018

LRC and KLS Engineering Develop Web-Based Educational Modules on Roadway Lighting

In the past decade, roadway lighting technologies have advanced rapidly with the development of light-emitting diode (LED) systems, adaptive lighting controls, and an increase in knowledge about the ways roadway lighting can affect safety, perception and even circadian rhythms. These advancements have resulted in many new questions about the appropriate use, design and implementation of roadway lighting. In response, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned the development of free, online modules containing the latest information about roadway lighting.
 
A project team consisting of members from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Daniel Frering, Director of Grants Development and Educational Programs and John Bullough, Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs, and from KLS Engineering – Leverson Boodlal, Principal and Kevin Chiang, Senior Engineer, collaborated on the project to develop the educational modules.
 
"These modules will equip busy engineers to ask the right questions, as their agencies begin to implement a dizzying array of new technologies," said the LRC's Daniel Frering.
 
The free, interactive modules allow users to review content at their own pace. Periodic knowledge checks ensure that readers have absorbed the information before moving ahead, and each module concludes with a quiz. Accompanying workbooks include extended exercises to allow users to apply their new knowledge in greater detail.
 
"The workbooks provide users with a handy, offline resource on lighting technologies and design approaches they can refer to in their day-to-day work," said Leverson Boodlal from KLS.
 
Four modules are available: Roadway Lighting Design Overview, Lighting Hardware and Light Source Considerations for Roadway Lighting, Street and Roadway Lighting Design, and Other Roadway Lighting Topics. The first module can be used by the general public to become familiar with the purposes of roadway lighting and its basic vocabulary. The last module includes cutting-edge information about mesopic vision, perceptions of personal security, and impacts on circadian regulation.
 
The modules can be found on the FHWA Office of Safety website at: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/night_visib/roadway_lighting_workshop.  

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 has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. 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. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC's state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). 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."