The new collaborative initiative, the Lighting Energy Alliance, launched by the Lighting Research Centre (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – the world’s leading centre for lighting research and education – is aimed at increasing the benefits of lighting while reducing its environmental and monetary costs.
According to the news release by LRC, member utilities and efficiency agencies will direct the work of the Alliance in order to produce the needed information for effective reduction of lighting energy use.
“There has never been a greater need for research on how to improve lighting efficiency without sacrificing quality,” said Dan Mellinger of Efficiency Vermont.
“Traditionally, efficiency programs have focused on light source efficacy improvements. However, with recent legislative and market changes, efforts will need to be redirected to more advanced efficiency measures to continue making gains,” said Edward Bartholomew of National Grid.
The Lighting Energy Alliance is set to conduct product testing, field evaluations, laboratory research, education, and other methods, with a range of topics including lighting controls, efficient light sources, daylighting, lighting design, and human factors.
“More than ever, efficiency programs need to have a clear understanding of what lighting options are the most effective and will provide high quality lighting for users. Consumers are feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of new lighting options,” said Sam Fankhauser of Energize Connecticut.
“The Lighting Energy Alliance has the ability to perform the original lighting research that is critically needed right now,” said LRC director of energy programs Jeremy Snyder, who is leading the Alliance.