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Troy, N.Y. -  11/26/2018

LRC Welcomes Two New Members to the Light and Health Alliance

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that Axis Lighting and Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions have joined the Light and Health Alliance — a growing coalition of industry leaders and scientists working together to create healthy spaces in which to live and work.

Led by LRC Director Dr. Mariana Figueiro, the mission of the Light and Health Alliance is to bridge the science of light and health to practical applications, and to provide objective information grounded in basic and applied research. The Alliance works to generate and disseminate new knowledge on the topic of light and health via outreach and education, including talks at conferences, seminars, publications and demonstrations. 


Axis Lighting and Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions join Light and Health Alliance members: Acuity Brands; Cree; Current, powered by GE; Ketra; OSRAM; and USAI Lighting.
“We look forward to collaborating with the Lighting Research Center on relevant research that will advance the practice of lighting for health and wellbeing — in healthcare, the workplace, and beyond,” said Howard Yaphe, Chief Executive Officer, Axis Lighting.
“Armstrong World Industries is pleased to be a new member of the Light and Health Alliance at the Lighting Research Center. The interaction of lighting and building surfaces like walls and ceilings holds great potential to affect wellness, comfort, and productivity in the built environment. Consortiums like the LRC’s Light and Health Alliance are great places for academia and industry to explore future possibilities,” said Steven Wilkinson, Director of Innovation, Armstrong World Industries.
Light and Health Alliance projects include:
  • The Lighting Patterns for Healthy Buildings website, which assists lighting designers and specifiers in selecting quality lighting that supports healthy living.
  • The 24-hour lighting scheme demonstration room at the LRC lab, that provides cycled electric lighting with cool, high light levels for high CS during the daytime, and warm, low light levels for reduced CS in the evening.
  • The Light and Health Institute, a two-day, hands-on seminar where participants learn the many ways in which light affects, and can be used to improve, health and wellbeing. The goal of this seminar is to provide attendees with the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve our modern living environments with efficient, dynamic lighting.

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About Axis Lighting
Founded in 1991 and still family-owned and managed, Axis Lighting is an important source for architectural lighting across North America and around the globe. Over the last decade, we have exhibited remarkable growth as a result of our unwavering commitment to forward-thinking design flexibility, responsive customer care and industry collaborations. We strive to bring our customers the most advanced lighting and integral controls technologies through our broad and expanding product collection featuring innovations such as SurroundLite™ and MikroLite™. Our comprehensive and versatile lighting toolbox is capable of meeting the demands of the most rigorous lighting applications. We are proud to have successfully completed lighting projects for high-profile clients including Apple, Chrysler, The Empire State Building, Google, Hyundai, Time Warner and McGill University, among many others. Learn more at
About Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions. With over 3,800 employees and fiscal 2016 revenues from ceiling operations in excess of $1.2 billion, AWI has a global manufacturing network of 26 facilities, including nine plants dedicated to its WAVE joint venture. At home, at work, in healthcare facilities, classrooms, stores, or restaurants, Armstrong World Industries offers interior solutions that help to enhance comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall performance, and create beautiful spaces. For more than 150 years, we have built our business on trust and integrity. It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people we’re here to serve – our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our employees. We are committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that empower our customers to create beautiful, high-performance residential and commercial buildings. It’s an exciting, rewarding business to be in, and we’re committed to continuing to grow and prosper for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. Learn more at    

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.