Ongoing Events

Smart Lighting Sustainability Club

Please join us every Monday at 4pm, in CII 7128

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

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Research Experience for Teachers

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Synthesizing Light for the Benefit of Humanity

Imagine a world where efficient, digital lighting makes us healthier and more productive, produces significant energy savings, and provides wireless, optical access to the internet. The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center is developing new technologies and applications to change the way society uses lighting.

In the News

May, 2014
Md Mottaleb Hossain, ERC Graduate Student from UNM was awarded a prestigious 2014 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship in the amount of $2000 for his contribution to the Optics and Photonics community. In 2014 SPIE awarded $353,000 in education and travel scholarships to 144 outstanding individuals from around the world, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline.

May 7-8, 2014
ERC Director Bob Karlicek gives a presentation titled “How Smart Should Smart Lighting Systems Be?” at the Smart Lighting 2014 conference to be held on May 7-8, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain. The Smart Lighting ERC was also an exhibitor at the conference.

April 22, 2014
Smart Lighting ERC Graduate Students Anqing Liu and Octavio Perez received a third place award for their entry titled "Controlled Environmental Architecture LED Lighting System, New Metrics" at the 2014 Earth Day Event & Student Competition held at RIT in Rochester, NY. The event was sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

April 1, 2014
Four new companies joined as industrial members of the ERC: Vivonics, Thermal Solution Resources, Pixelligent, and Edison Price.

March 20, 2014
RPI graduate student Kumar Modepalli received the best presentation award at the 29th IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference(APEC) for his paper titled "Single stage dual purpose off-line HB- LED drivers for Illumination and Visible Light Communication". The award included an appreciation certificate from IEEE and award of $100. This conference was held March 16- 20,2014 at Fort Worth, Texas.

March 20, 2014
RPI graduate student Mark Durniak will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship award by the Eastern NY Chapter of ASM International at their March dinner meeting.

March 16, 2014
RPI graduate student Mark Durniak is one of three recipients of the 2013 Electronic Materials Conference Best Student Presentation Award for his presentation “Cubic GaN Templates for LED Applications”. The award, accompanied by a monetary prize of $500, will be presented at the 2014 EMC Meeting, which takes place at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA on June 25-27, 2014.

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Darrin Communication Center (DCC) Bulb Replacement Before & After
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DCC Before DCC After
Before – Halogen Bulbs After – with new LEDs
75 Watts per Bulb 15 Watts per Bulb
3,000 Hours Lifetime (~4 months) 50,000 Hours Lifetime (~6 years)