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The Lighting Research Center is the world's leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting—from technologies to applications and energy use, from design to health and vision.

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 Application & Design
 Automotive & Street Lighting
 Aviation Lighting
 Energy & Environment
 Health & Vision
 Outdoor Lighting
 Product Testing
 Residential Lighting
 Security Lighting
 Value Metrics

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Special Notices

LED Lighting InstituteLRC Announces Spring 2015 LED Lighting Institute Session Date

Reserve your seats now for the May 12-14, 2015 session in Troy, NY.
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Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques Seminars Scheduled

They're back! Last year, the LRC's residential lighting seminars held in several New York State locations quickly sold out. The LRC has made arrangements for seminars in Troy, Syracuse and New York City. Get your reservation today!
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Programs                           View entire list

Daylight Dividends - Using daylighting

DELTA - Energy efficiency case studies

DesignWorks - Lighting design services

Energy Efficiency - Efficient products and practices

Light and Health - Visual, circadian systems

NLPIP - Product testing

Solid-State Lighting - Improving, using LEDs

Transportation Lighting - Vehicle, roadway, signal

Education Programs

Graduate Education

Master's and Ph.D. degree programs in lighting

LED Lighting Institute

Hands-on workshop on LED lighting components, systems, and design.

 Light and Health Institute 

Two-day seminars that teach the many ways in which light affects, and can be used to improve, health and wellbeing.

 Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques Seminar 

One-day seminars to assist professionals to design and install advanced lighting systems in a variety of residential settings.

Photometry Institute  

Two-day seminars about the latest developments in photometric testing and evaluation.

Outdoor Lighting Institute  

Two-day seminars on outdoor lighting design to reduce energy use and light pollution while improving safety and security.

Daylight Institute

Two-day seminars on daylighting design and daylighting control specification.

Live! From the LRC

Web seminars that allow attendees to have their questions answered by today's leading authorities in lighting.

Lighting Education Online

For building, design, and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light and lighting.

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LRC to Establish New OLED Lighting
Education and Application Program

OLEDs technologyThe LRC is expanding its research, education, and industry activities to organic light-emitting diodes, also known as OLEDs, by establishing the OLED Lighting Education and Application Program at the LRC.  Full story...

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In the News

Lighting Patterns for Homes
Click to see this new guide for selecting quality, efficient lighting for homes.

New Book by LRC Director

Value Metrics for Better LightingWritten to commemorate the LRC's 25th Anniversary, Value Metrics for Better Lighting by LRC Director Mark S. Rea brings together a wide range of research to illustrate how the effective use of light can benefit society and the environment. Available from SPIE Press.

Working with the LRC

 Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies - Industry, academia, and government working together to advance LED lighting.
Light and Health Alliance — A collaborative initiative now forming to bridge the science of light and health to practical applications, and to provide objective information based on basic and applied research.
Lighting Energy Alliance — Conducting research to increase the benefits of lighting while reducing its environmental and monetary costs.
Partners Program - Collaboration of academia, industry, utilities, public benefit agencies, public advocacy groups, and government to advance the effective use of light.
Project Sponsorship - Sponsor a research project.

Regional Centre for Lighting - Advancing sustainable lighting and making it affordable in South Asia to improve the well-being of citizens and the countries within the region

Transportation Lighting Alliance - Cooperative research into lighting for vehicles, roadways, and signage.
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