LED Lighting Institute Prepares Professionals for 'Next Generation Lighting' in Hands-On Seminar
|Daniel That, Crouse-Hinds Airport Lighting
Products, puts the finishing touches on a fixture he made
in the hands-on session of the LRC's LED Lighting
Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC) hosted the LED
Lighting Institute April 27-29, featuring workshops and
hands-on lab sessions to teach industry professionals the
latest in lighting technologies, lighting design, and optical
modeling, while using the newest light-emitting diode (LED)
products on the market. More than 30 participants from across
the United States and around the world attended the program at
the LRC, some traveling from as far as Colombia and
The attendees interacted with senior LRC researchers through
programs designed to educate participants about applications,
techniques, and best cases for success with LEDs. The course
also included a lecture from Michael Jensen, Rensselaer
professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering,
who addressed the group about LED thermal management.
The program culminated with the participants designing and
building their own LED fixtures.
"There are a lot of misconceptions and claims that LEDs can
simply replace your standard light bulb in every situation, but
that's not really the case right now," said N. Narendran,
director of research and head of the Solid-State Lighting
Program at the LRC. "With the LED Lighting Institute, we're
helping participants to gain a broad understanding of lighting.
We're also teaching them how to produce successful lighting
applications that consider LED operating characteristics,
appropriate design approaches, and human factors."
|Marilyn Dare, NYSERDA, uses a microscope
to examine LEDs
The LRC and its LED industry program, the Alliance for
Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST),
have been hosting the LED Institute twice a year for the past
three years, and nearly 300 people from around the globe have
graduated from the course. Participants have included lighting
designers, specifiers and product manufacturers, architects,
engineers, and those simply looking for a better understanding
of LED lighting.
"Participants leave with more knowledge of how LEDs work and
don't work, and that is creating realistic expectations that
will help advance the acceptance of LED lighting," said
Lighting applications that use light-emitting diodes are
referred to as solid-state lighting (SSL). According to the U.S.
Department of Energy, by 2025, SSL could displace general
illumination light sources such as incandescent and fluorescent
lamps, decreasing national energy consumption for lighting by
ASSIST is a program developed by the Lighting Research Center
to advance the effective use of energy-efficient solid-state
lighting technologies. ASSIST is a collaboration between
researchers, manufacturers, utilities, and government
organizations. On behalf of ASSIST, the LRC conducts research,
demonstrations and evaluations, and educational activities. For
more information, visit www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/solidstate/assist.