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Troy, N.Y. -  11/1/2019

LRC Announces New Webinar Series

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is presenting a series of monthly webinars on a variety of leading-edge topics in lighting. The live, one-hour webinars will include information on the latest research in lighting, and will be interactive to allow participants to ask questions of LRC researchers about each of the topics presented. The webinars will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern Time from January to May 2020.

Contact Dan Frering, the LRC director of educational programs, at (518) 276-7100 or via email to learn more!


Webinar Topics and Schedule

Lighting Controls: What works? Lessons from the Field

January 14, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Jennifer Brons, Jean Paul Freyssinier, Dan Frering

Lighting control systems have become increasingly complex in the past few years, with claims of systems that are simple to use, while providing tremendous energy savings. But what should one believe? This webinar will present the results of three recent field studies of lighting control systems of varying complexity. These will include a connected control system in an office building; a luminaire-integrated control system installed in hallways of a high-rise multifamily building; and a bi-level control system in a parking lot application. Presenters will review information on system set-up, commissioning, and operation of the controls; user acceptance; energy savings; economics; and other factors.

Light and Health: Cutting through the Noise

February 4, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Mariana Figueiro, Mark Rea

There is growing interest about the effects that light and lighting can have on human health and wellbeing. However, there is substantial confusion about how to apply the science of light and health when selecting lighting systems and applying them in a lighting design or application. This presentation will include information on the science involved in how lighting affects human health. It will also present guidance on how to apply these findings in lighting applications to improve the health and wellbeing of people. “Tailored lighting, when properly designed to deliver the correct amount of light at the right time, can positively impact health and wellbeing. We have seen firsthand the many benefits of lighting, but it is important to get the right lighting to see the positive effects.” –Dr. Mariana Figueiro

Outdoor Lighting: Making Uniformity a Priority for Security Lighting

March 10, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Jennifer Brons, John Bullough

We often light streets, parking lots and other outdoor locations to help reinforce a sense of safety and personal security. In recent years there have been many discussions about the role of the spectral distribution (color) of outdoor lighting for visual effectiveness and energy efficiency. These discussions are based upon the obvious differences between yellow high pressure sodium lamps and white light emitting diode sources. This webinar will help participants understand that spectrum is a relatively unimportant factor compared to the uniformity of lighting when it comes to making people feel safe and secure outdoors, and will help them demand not only better standards for outdoor lighting, but better products for achieving those standards.

Lighting: Red, White, and Blue

April 14, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Andrew Bierman, Mariana Figueiro, Mark Rea

When we think of lighting, we typically only think of white light. However, research is providing new information on the potential impacts of both short and long wavelengths of light. This webinar will present information on the impacts of both red and blue light on such issues as improving alertness for people, circadian entrainment, and even preventing diseases in plants. Presenters will also discuss the issue of blue light hazard.

UV: Beyond Red, White, and Blue

May 12, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Presenters: Andrew Bierman, Ziggy Majumdar, Mark Rea

There is growing interest in the application of Ultraviolet (UV) energy for purposes ranging from disinfection in hospitals and other healthcare settings to preventing or combating several types of plant diseases in controlled-environment agriculture and in field production. This webinar will review recent research on the use of UV for a variety of applications. It will also provide information on UV safety and photodegradation issues.

Earn CEUs from your desktop

All participants will receive one (1) university continuing education unit (CEU) for each of the webinars. 


Registration for each webinar is $40.00 per person, or $160.00 per person if you sign up for all five webinars (a discount of $40.00).

Discounted registration is available for New York State residents, LRC Partners and LRC Alliance members at $25.00 per person, or $100.00 per person if you sign up for all five webinars.

Contact Dan Frering, the LRC director of educational programs, at (518) 276-7100 or via 
email to learn more!

Register today by calling (518) 276-7100 or download the registration form

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.