Design Opportunities with New Lighting Technologies and Daylighting Techniques

New lighting technologies, such as inorganic and organic light emitting diodes (LEDs and OLEDs), advanced control systems, and new techniques and research on daylighting design open up unprecedented opportunities for architects to rethink the lighting and daylighting of buildings. These new technologies not only represent a paradigm shift in the way lighting can be meshed with other architectural elements in both interior and exterior environments, but also can make buildings more sustainable, energy efficient, and responsive to the needs, health, and wellbeing of building occupants.

This presentation will provide an overview of the latest developments in lighting technologies as well as research into effective daylighting techniques for buildings.  The presenter will also review case studies and field demonstrations of the technologies and design techniques presented.

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world’s leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in energy and the environment, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and solid-state lighting for more than 25 years.