Events & Activities

photoProject CANDLE serves to enhance the educational experience of students interested in lighting by providing opportunities for interaction with the professional community. Events and actitivities are developed around the professional needs and passions of the student and professional participants. A few of our activities are summarized below.


Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Annual Roundtable

Each Project CANDLE partner holds a seat on the LIAG. The LIAG Roundtable brings together industry partners, students, and lighting faculty. It includes time to report on activities, plan for the future, and refine the goals and vision of Project CANDLE. Current teaching and research activities are summarized, graduating students discuss their collegiate experience with the partners, and the partners provide guidance and direction for the teaching and research priorities at Penn State. The LIAG Roundtable is a centerpiece of Project CANDLE’s annual calendar.


Joint Workshop of the IALD Metrics of Quality (MOQ) / IESNA Quality of the Visual Environment (QVE) Committees

A joint workshop of the IALD Metrics of Quality (MOQ) / IES Quality of the Visual Environment (QVE) was hosted in April 2009, where brightness perception was studied as a function of light spectrum. Two full-scale luminous environments were created and illuminated with spectrally tunable lighting systems that made use of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The results of this study were published in LEUKOS*.

The apparatus that was created is presently under modifications and will be employed for additional research related to color discrimination. 

In parallel with this research activity, a general meeting focused on MOQ initiatives, with an emphasis on legislative and policy considerations. Several students participated in the entire meeting, and about 20 students shared lunch with the professionals.

*Houser KW, Fotios SA, Royer MP. 2009. A Test of the S/P Ratio as a Correlate for Brightness Perception using the Rapid-Sequential and Side-by-Side Experimental Protocols. LEUKOS. 6(2): 119-138.