The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has made significant advances in the field of lighting research.
Its researchers and experts are exploring lighting to create a more sustainable future through studies and developments at the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) and the Lighting Research Center (LRC).
The ERC was initiated in the year 2008 to develop novel applications and technologies for smarter lighting devices and systems. It educates materials scientists and electrical engineers about the potential of LEDs and advanced solid-state lighting systems through advanced fundamental engineering and scientific approaches. ERC is conducting research to develop better LEDs and associated sensors and monitoring systems.
The Lighting Research Center, a university-based lighting research organization was set up in 1988. It conducts research and evaluates new design, technology and products for energy-efficient lighting. It provides reliable, unbiased information about lighting applications and technologies. LRC offers global training programs for lighting designers, professionals, contractors and for government agencies. It also offers master’s degree and doctoral programs.
The Scattered Photon Extraction method designed to improve performance of white LED and new guidelines for daylighting at schools was developed due to research at Rensselaer. Virtual window technology and bright and efficient displays are among the projects under development.
ERC and LRC are collaborating to define important human-factor considerations in future lighting. They aim to ensure that lighting sensors and LED luminaires that are to be developed would be safe for human health and also be energy efficient.