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Volume 7, No. 2, February 1, 2013

Lighting Research Center To Celebrate 25 Years of Research and Education

The Lighting Research Center’s 25th anniversary celebration is scheduled for March 20. The event will include a keynote, panel discussion, LRC tours and demonstrations, and a cocktail reception and dinner. “We expect this to be a landmark event for lighting. We have invited special individuals who have been instrumental to the history of the LRC to celebrate with us. In addition, the event will be open to the public,” said Russ Leslie, LRC cofounder and associate director.

Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of Ogilvy Group UK, will give the keynote as part of the Lighting Value Forum. The topic for the Lighting Value Forum keynote and panel presentation is the value of lighting and the notion that society undervalues light, largely because we do not properly measure its benefits.

The value of lighting is also the subject of a new book written by LRC Director Mark Rea and published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The book was written to commemorate the LRC’s 25-year milestone. Value Metrics for Better Lighting brings together a wide range of research to illustrate how the effective use of light can benefit society and the environment.

“We often do not fully understand what lighting can do for us. We know that we need lighting, but that is as far as the thinking goes,” said Rea. “Our society undervalues light because we do not properly measure its benefits. We do a really good job of conceptualizing the costs of lighting systems because we can readily measure the costs. However, with no clear idea of benefits, there is little else that can be used in the value equation. Consequently, we unnecessarily waste our natural and capital resources.” Rea has served as director since the LRC was established in 1988.

“The mission is nothing less than to change lighting practice to bring value to lighting,and to define and measure benefits as
well as costs."—Mark Rea

“The LRC’s 25th anniversary keynote and panel discussion will be a starting point for thoughtful consideration, discussion, and action,” said Rea. “The mission is nothing less than to change lighting practice—to bring value to lighting, and to define and measure benefits as well as costs.”

The LRC was established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Since that time it has built an international reputation as the pre-eminent source for objective information on lighting technologies, applications, and the human response to light. From developing innovative, leading-edge lighting solutions for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and U.S. Navy submarines, to schools, historic monuments, offices, and airports, the LRC effectively pairs advanced scientific research with dynamic design concepts to create an ideal environment for human life.

For more information and to obtain tickets to the LRC’s 25th anniversary celebration, go to

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