Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Energy-Efficient Lighting Systems Education:Training for New York State Lighting Specifiers(ST5057-1)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-LRC


Key lighting specifiers require training to understand and use objective information already available about energy saving lighting technologies. Manufacturers have introduced numerous energy-saving lighting technologies and products, but Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), architects, engineers, electrical contractors, and others specifying lighting in New York State, do not have adequate access to objective information about these products. In addition, many specifiers do not understand the full value of energy-saving lighting technologies because they are not aware of the effect of key performance parameters on system compatibility, energy savings, and lamp life.

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Project Description

The project (1) provided training through on-site presentation, satellite down link, and Internet connection, and (2) increased the interactivity and functionality of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) Web site to make more information available to lighting specifiers in New York State.


Specifiers gained a better understanding of the performance and energy savings potential of commercially available energy-efficient lighting products and will be more likely to specify them in residential, retail, and school construction projects where lighting designers are often not consulted.

Project Results

Surveys were administered to identify specifiers' knowledge of energy efficient lighting products, and training modules developed for lamps, ballasts, lighting controls, and luminaries. An Internet interface was developed to deliver the curriculum content to lighting specifiers in New York State. The curriculum was used to train New York lighting specifiers at seven training sites across New York State.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-LRC
21 Union St
Troy, NY 12180

Principle Investigator

Daniel Frering

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Other Lumination

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST5057-1

Last Updated: 12/6/2011