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Troy, N.Y. -  2/1/2006

Lighting Research Center Hosts LED Lighting Institute May 3-5, 2006

Session will highlight new applications for LEDs

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) will hold a three-day, hands-on seminar to teach industry professionals about incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into lighting applications. The LED Lighting Institute features workshops and lab sessions about rapidly evolving LED technology, lighting design, and optical modeling, while using the newest LED products on the market. “The seminar starts out by covering LED basics and then progresses to hands-on lab sessions where participants design and build their own LED fixtures,” said Dan Frering, LRC manager of education. The upcoming session will highlight the use of LEDs in new applications and will showcase how this technology can be embedded into any type of architecture due to its small size, ruggedness, and long life.

“The workshop is designed to advance the acceptance of LED lighting by creating realistic expectations for using LEDs in place of less efficient lighting,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “Participants will compare and analyze LED products for various applications, as well as learn methods and standards for measuring and quantifying LED performance.”

This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, so Frering recommends early registration. The LED Lighting Institute has gained notable support from sponsors who see the benefit of LED lighting education, including Color Kinetics, GELcore, Lamina, Lumileds Lighting, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Nichia America Corp., Opto Technology, OSRAM SYLVANIA, PolyBrite International, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Upon completion of the LED Lighting Institute, participants will earn three continuing education units for attending the LED Lighting Institute and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate in LED lighting technology. More than 300 people from around the globe have completed the course. The program is held in the spring and fall of each year, and enrollment is limited to 30 students.

For more information or to register for the May session, visit the LED Lighting Institute web site 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 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."