Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a private research university located in Troy, N.Y., which encompasses the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center that is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. Founded in 1824, RPI celebrates a long legacy as the oldest technological university in the United States and continually seeks the latest innovations in lighting technology at its research facilities.
Fed up with dark and dingy fluorescent fixtures, the Smart Lighting Center was challenged with installing a state-of-the-art LED lighting solution in the Civil Engineering Department to demonstrate what solid-state lighting can do and how it benefits occupants.
As Bob Karlicek, director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, explained, “Good office lighting design doesn't call attention to itself but to the environment.”
GE's Lumination EP Series LED Luminaires were installed at the Jonsson Engineering Center on RPI's campus to replace single T8 pendant-style fluorescent fixtures. The suspended LED lighting fixtures will be in conference rooms at the institute as well. Karlicek noted the lighting fixtures, which are surrounded by a clear, narrow band that makes the light source appear to float, produce enough indirect (side) light to pleasantly illuminate walls without glare.
Results & Benefits
“We improved light quality and no longer have to replace old bulbs twice a year. It's interesting because now people say, ‘It got bright in here!' then ask, ‘Is that new carpet?' and ‘Did you paint?' or, ‘Has that table always been there?' when of course we've done none of those things and the table was right there all along,” Karlicek added.
“We found GE's suspended LED luminaire to be a good vehicle for further research into healthy lighting applications and other advanced dynamic lighting systems that will deliver high-quality light and new light-based services to people.”