Fall means back to school. A trio of lighting education and research facilities have recently opened and reopened their doors.

After an extensive structural renovation, the Lighting Design Lab in Seattle has reopened. The lab will continue to provide the same seminars and library resources as it has in the past, but will be better equipped to do so in the new facilities with larger classrooms and a more extensive daylight modeling lab. The lab will also focus on three new core research initiatives: the high-performance workplace, sustainable materials, and integrated lighting. For more information, go to the lab's website at www.lightingdesignlab.com.

In Philadelphia, Dr. Craig A. Bernecker has founded the Lighting Education Institute (LEI). The institute is directed toward design professionals, manufacturers and building owners. Programming will include one-day courses available to individuals and groups, and focus on topics such as emergency lighting, lighting field measurements and lighting maintenance. Courses offer CEUs. For more information about the institute's programs, e-mail LEI at lei@lightingeducation.com.

And finally, the California Lighting Technology Center (CLCT) has opened at the University of California, Davis. Established as a collaborative effort between the California Energy Commission (CEC) and UC Davis, with additional support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the CEC's Pier Building Program, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

Directed by Michael Siminovitch and Konstantinos Papamichael, lighting specialists both formerly with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the CLCT grew out of series of roundtable conversations between the CEC, DOE and NEMA to address some of the confusion between the State of California and local utilities in the Title 24 process. 'The result from this dialogue,' says Siminovitch, 'was what could all the parties involved do to be more proactive.' The result was the creation of an industry-friendly innovation center-the CLCT-where communication between state agencies, the lighting industry, local utilities and the design/engineering community can explore energy-efficient emerging technologies and move that technology to the marketplace. 'This laboratory-to-marketplace development process is a completely new way to work,' explains Siminovitch.

UC Davis was a logical choice for the CLCT, since it offered an academic setting, a chance to affiliate with the established UC Davis Environmental Design Department, and the ability to create a new 7,000-square-foot facility built to the CLCT's specifications. The facility houses state-of-the-art full-scale lighting and daylighting testing laboratories.

The staff of seven oversees several independent and cooperative research programs between manufacturers, utilities, and designers/engineers including investigations of kitchen lighting systems, retrofit of compact fluorescent downlights, hotel guestroom lighting, exterior LED luminaire, portable luminaires, and the Berkeley Lamp, developed by Siminovitch which reduces the wattage used by traditional lamp technologies by up to 75 percent.

For more information about the CLCT and its programs, go to cltc.ucdavis.edu/cltc/index.html. a|l