Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Development, Design and Consumer Testing of Marketable Residential LED Light Luminaires

EPA Grant Number: SU833557
Title: Development, Design and Consumer Testing of Marketable Residential LED Light Luminaires
Investigators: Anneberg, Lisa , Arch, D. , Feng, Jin , Means, Janice K. , Snyder, Christina
Institution: Lawrence Technological University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 31, 2007 through July 31, 2008
Project Amount: $9,535
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2007) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Developing marketable LED luminaires poses challenges, even though LEDs are energy-efficient and an ecological alternative to conventionally lighting. Challenges include: perceptions that the color rendition of LEDs is unacceptable to the public; numbers of LEDs must be grouped to provide usable lumen output; available LED luminaires are few and not aesthetically attractive; and LEDs have high first costs relative to other light sources.


Demonstrate the ecological, economic and lighting advantages of producing attractive LED luminaires to benefit the public and the environment, and to create a new market.


Interdisciplinary students will test LED lamps to verify specifications and then design prototype lighting luminaires. The electrical engineering students will concentrate on the technical aspects related to electrical components, the architecture students will address the quality and quantity of light requirements, and the interior design students will address the aesthetics. A management graduate student will analyze and estimate costs for production. Tour participants through the LTU Solar Decathlon home and/or another venue will be surveyed for marketability of the luminaires and results will be used to develop final products.

Expected Results:

Design two architecturally attractive residential luminaires which provide required illuminance levels at reasonable distances for residential lighting, are constructed of low-energy-embodied materials, and which encourage mass production at reasonable costs.

Supplemental Keywords:

global climate, acid deposition, atmosphere, exposure, human health, ecological effects, color rendition index (CRI), color temperature, illuminance, luminance, efficacy, cumulative effects, chemicals, particulates, nitrogen oxides, sulfates, acid rain, emissions, pollution prevention, life-cycle analysis, sustainable development, renewable energy, psychological, cost-benefit, preferences, willingness to pay, conservation, public good, engineering, monitoring, lighting, Zero Energy Homes, Solar Decathlon, 12VDC,