The Troy, N.Y.-based Lighting Research Center’s 25th anniversary celebration is scheduled for March 20 at the LRC headquarters.  The event will include a keynote, panel discussion, plus tours and demonstrations, followed by 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,” says Russ Leslie, LRC co-founder and Associate Director. Tickets are now available at the LRC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration site: http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/25/

The topic for the 25th anniversary keynote and panel discussion is the value of lighting, also the subject of a new book by LRC Director Mark Rea, written to commemorate the LRC’s 25-year milestone. Dedicated to the notion that society undervalues light, largely because we do not properly measure its benefits, 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. Published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the book is due for release in January and will be available at the SPIE’s Web site: http://spie.org/x648.html?product_id=1000979

“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,” says  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.