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Troy, N.Y. -  9/24/2018

"Future of the Lighting Industry" Survey Results Now Available

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute held its annual Partner-Alliance Event, September 5-6 in Troy, New York, where industry leaders gathered, as they have for 30 years, to get an update on the latest LRC research. This year was a little different, however. A central part of the program was to engage attendees to discuss where lighting is going and even what is the lighting industry these days. 

Before the program began, the attendees were asked to respond to a series of statements using a 5-point scale, ranging from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” 
One statement was: “the lighting industry is in transition” and below is a graphic representation of their collective responses.
We interpret this to mean that the respondents believe the lighting industry is in transition.
Another statement was: “the lighting industry is struggling to create value” and below are the responses.
The responses seem to indicate that while some organizations understand how to create value, many are unsure, and there is significant variation in responses.
In short, we may be experiencing the largest, most fundamental change the lighting industry has seen in our lifetime. What was interesting, and what many people referred to was the Bridges in Light symposium hosted by the LRC in 2003 that foreshadowed where we are today with the prediction that LEDs will create the burning platform for change in the lighting industry.  
Toward the end of the 2018 event, the attendees were asked if we should continue the dialog and everyone enthusiastically supported having a follow-up meeting. The suggestion was to broaden participation beyond the LRC Partners and Alliance members at that meeting. 
If you would like to attend such a meeting in, say, March next year, we would like to hear from you. Also if you would like to see more of the attendee responses, we would be happy to share those with 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 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.