LRC to Hold LED Lighting Institute

Session will highlight LED system design



Troy, New York USA–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 will include updated technical content based on the latest industry developments. Participants will take part in workshops and hands-on lab sessions highlighting LED technology, lighting design, and optical modeling, while using the newest LED products on the market.



“This seminar will involve a more detailed LED evaluation segment than seminars in the past,” said Dan Frering, LRC manager of education. “We have enhanced the program and plan to have participants design and evaluate complete LED systems, whereas before they developed and evaluated individual LED fixtures.”



According to Frering, the new 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.



“The LRC is uniquely positioned in that it works closely with both the lighting manufacturers and the applications community in order to help improve LED system technology,” said N. Narendran, Ph.D., director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting Program at the LRC. “The workshop is designed to offer objective information on current LED technology and create realistic expectations for using LEDs in place of less efficient lighting, as well as teach methods for measuring and quantifying LED performance.”



This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, so Frering recommends early registration. Those who sign up by August 12, 2006, 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. More than 300 people from around the globe have completed the course to date. 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 September session, visit the LED Lighting Institute Web site at www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/outreachEducation/LEDInstitute.asp.



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. Recently Cree, Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration, and Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., became sponsors of ASSIST. Other ASSIST sponsors include Boeing, GELcore, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NICHIA America Corporation, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Philips Lighting, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.



Additional LED Lighting Institute sponsors include Color Kinetics, Inc., Lamina, Opto Technology, Inc., PolyBrite International, and the U.S. Department of Energy.







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. Visit www.lrc.rpi.edu.

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.



Keith Toomey

Lighting Research Center

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