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Lighting Design

Lighting Design
Lighting Design
These designs demonstrate how lighting in commonly used rooms can be more energy efficient. Some designs also demonstrate how lighting can improve visibility or appearance of the home. Each design includes a calculator tool to enable comparison of energy savings, cost of ownership, and pollution reduction.
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LRC Launches First Interactive, Online Lighting Design Resource for Homes

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer has launched the first interactive website to help homeowners, contractors, and builders choose the right light bulbs, fixtures, and controls to maximize energy savings, calculate lighting costs, and achieve lighting effects to meet a wide range of needs in their homes. It also shows how to design safe, healthy lighting for aging adults.

The site, Lighting Patterns for Homes, helps homeowners and others navigate the increasing number of lighting options in today’s marketplace and allows them to see how various options will actually look by viewing photo-realistic illustrations created by 3-D modeling software.

Visitors to the new website can learn the different ways to light a room, such as a kitchen or living room; compare the benefits of various lighting technologies and equipment, including light-emitting diodes; and find out how to use different lighting techniques, such as task lighting or accent lighting.

The site also includes an interactive economic calculator to determine how much money consumers can save with a new lighting design, along with initial costs, payback period, energy savings, and pollution reduction.

In addition, site visitors can learn how to upgrade incandescent bulbs to newer technologies, which is important now that new federal lighting standards are raising the energy efficiency requirements of light bulbs to help the U.S. decrease electricity use.

As the large generation of baby boomers ages, they need more light to see well. Lighting Patterns for Homes has tips to help seniors see better, avoid falls, and sleep better, including ways to avoid shadows and glare with lighting.

The site, Lighting Patterns for Homes, helps homeowners and others navigate the increasing number of lighting options in today’s marketplace and allows them to see how various options will actually look by viewing photo-realistic illustrations created by 3-D modeling software.

“This groundbreaking tool demonstrates the innovation that is driving development of New York state’s clean-energy economy under Governor Cuomo,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which funded the LRC project.

“The Lighting Research Center has once again proven itself to be a leader in the energy-efficient lighting industry. This site is a great resource for all New Yorkers who want to learn how to reduce their energy costs through lighting measures.”

The Lighting Patterns for Homes website was designed for homeowners, building managers, builders, efficiency contractors, and others who select lighting for residences but would not typically hire a lighting professional.

Lighting designs are provided for 36 of the most common single- and multi-family residential rooms and spaces, including living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, home offices, bedrooms, basements, bathrooms, entries, hallways, and exteriors.

The designs were created by the LRC’s professional lighting designers, and all of the improved designs provide the same or better lighting quality than traditional lighting, almost all use less electricity, and many provide economic payback within several years.

The authors of the new website are Jeremy Snyder, LRC director of energy programs; Jennifer Brons, LRC research scientist; and Russ Leslie, LRC associate director and lead author of The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes, first published in 1993, the original book upon which the new website is based.

The interactive website is available to the public free of charge, and no login or registration is required. It can be accessed from any computer or web-enabled mobile device at www.lrc.rpi.edu/patternbook.

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