Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

LCR Lighting Partnership Agreement(ST1052)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


NYSERDA recognized the need for a Lighting Research Center (LRC) and, after a competitive process, selected Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as the site. The LRC conducts applied research, development, and demonstration projects to encourage the use of more efficient lighting systems and strategies in the State. The activities of the LRC include a broadly based technology-transfer and education program aimed at informing the lighting industry, the lighting-design community, and end-users of energy-efficient and productive lighting strategies. It also educates future lighting-system producers and designers about effective lighting.

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Project Description

The contractor will engage in specific research projects, maintain the organizational structure for the LRC, plan and implement lighting research, and acquire technical, financial, and marketing support from national sponsors. This is an ongoing program and NYSERDA renews its LRC Partner status on a biannual basis.


In New York State, lighting accounts for as much as 30% of the electricity consumed. A reduction of 20% is attainable through developing and commercializing efficient lighting products. This program continues to support a center of excellence in lighting research that attracts research dollars to New York, generating economic development spin-offs as new products and services are developed.

Project Results

NYSERDA has been a Partner of the LRC since its inception in 1988, and has enjoyed the benefits of being a LRC Partner during this time. Benefits include attending annual LRC Partner meetings, getting early pre-publication results of LRC research, networking with the other LRC Partners, and access to LRC research scientists for assistance in reviewing proposed lighting standards and pending legislation; also testing lighting prototypes/products being considered for NYSERDA funding and program deployment, and answering specific lighting technology questions from NYSERDA staff, New York government agencies, and energy-efficiency program administrators.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Adm & Finance, 4th Fl West Hall 110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Principle Investigator

Russell Leslie

Universities Involved

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 2/12/1991
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST1052

Last Updated: 1/7/2013 1