Sutainable Lighting Institute, January 2010, Sri Lanka; successfully concluded

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Sustainable Lighting Technology Institute, a five-day hand-on course on Lighting, conducted by the Regional Center for Lighting (RCL) in collaboration with its knowledge partner,Lighting Research Centre (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA has been successfully concluded at The Palms, Beruwala, Sri Lanka.

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Forty participants (of different disciplines; engineers architects, designers, planners) from twelve countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) participated in this training program. Resource persons were Prof. Russel Leslie, Prof. Nadarajah Narendran, Prof. Daniel Frering and Prof. Patricia Rizzo from LRC and Prof Pahula Attalage, Dr. Nalin Wickremarachchi, and Archt. Narein Perera from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

The course was designed to provide future problem-solvers and leaders with a comprehensive understanding of the region’s energy and lighting issues, and target the latest advances in lighting technology best suited to meet those challenges. The course covered the areas of sustainability, lighting design, light measurement, light emitting diodes, human response to light, product testing methods, economic analysis of lighting and selecting lighting technology which included demonstrations of latest lighting technologies.

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The highlight of the activity was the practical exercises on outdoor and indoor lighting. For outdoor Lighting, a field trip had been organized to the Galle Fort, a World Heritage Site, and participants (divided into six groups) were tasked to design a suitable lighting system for one of the three sites pre-identified by the resource personnel. For the indoor lighting exercises, the task was to design lighting for three identified areas at the course venue, The Palms. The groups came out with remarkable outputs which included lighting design, suitable lighting techniques and economic analysis of the project.

Mr. M.M.C. Ferdinando, secretary for the Ministry of Power and Energy, Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest for the inaugural reception. Senior officers of USAID, PA Consulting, Ministry of Power and Energy, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, and the lighting industry too participated in the event.

Participants for the course had been sponsored by the SARI/Energy, Eco Asia, Asian Development Bank and the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association and private sector lighting companies. There were a few self funded participants too.

Upon completion of the Sustainable Lighting Institute, participants earned three continuing education units and received a Continuing Education Certificate from Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center.