Lighting Research Center’s LED Lighting Institute goes on road to North Carolina

Date Announced: 18 Dec 2008

Hands-on session highlighting LED system design will be held March 17-18, 2009, in Durham, North Carolina, USA

Troy, N.Y. — In response to requests from lighting professionals across the United States, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) has enhanced its outreach education by taking the LED Lighting Institute “on the road.” In addition to the traditional three-day seminar held each spring and fall at the LRC, a two-day LED Lighting Institute program option has been added, which will be hosted at a program sponsor site each year.

The first two-day, on-the-road LED Lighting Institute will be held March 17-18, 2009, at Cree Corporate Headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. This new two-day version of the program will provide detailed instruction for lighting fixture designers and manufacturers, lighting specifiers, and other professionals interested in learning more about this quickly evolving lighting technology.

Through hands-on workshops and classroom sessions, participants learn the basics of LED technology while building an understanding of LED system integration issues involving the electrical, optical, and thermal characteristics of LEDs. Participants also learn how to measure and evaluate LEDs and LED systems, and have the opportunity to compare LED technologies from a variety of manufacturers. The program culminates with the participants designing, building, and evaluating their own LED fixtures.

The program is designed to have participants choose and evaluate all necessary LED system components including heat sinks, LEDs, and drivers from a variety of manufacturers. Then participants will have the opportunity to compare the systems side-by-side, examining the thermal, photometric, and color properties for each system, according to Dan Frering, LRC manager of education.

“The workshop offers objective information on current LED technology so participants walk away with realistic expectations for using LEDs in place of traditional light sources,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “In addition, the participants are taught methods for measuring and quantifying LED performance.”

This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, according to Frering, so he suggests early registration. Those who sign up by February 2, 2009, will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Upon completion of the LED Lighting Institute, participants will earn three continuing education units and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate in LED lighting technology.

LED Lighting Institute Sponsors
The LED Lighting Institute has gained notable support from sponsors who see the benefit of LED lighting education. The main sponsor is the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST), a collaboration of researchers, manufacturers, and government organizations designed to identify and reduce major technical hurdles and help LED technology gain widespread use in lighting applications. ASSIST sponsors include Bridgelux; China Solid State Lighting Alliance; Cree, Inc.; Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd.; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); GE Lumination; Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI); Lighting Science Group; Lite-On; NeoPac Lighting; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); OSRAM SYLVANIA; Permlight; Philips Color Kinetics; Photonics Cluster (UK)/The Lighting Association; Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; USG; and WAC Lighting.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world’s premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master’s programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of fields, with particular emphasis in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.
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Contact
Mary Cimo Manager of Research Communications Lighting Research Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 21 Union St., Troy, NY 12180 Phone: +1 518.687.7174 Email: cimom@rpi.edu

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Web Site:www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/outreachEducation/ledinstitute.asp

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