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Lighting Design

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Key Areas
Course content
Learning outcomes
Who should attend
How to book
Course fees

Key Areas

The aim of this module is to give engineers/project managers with little or no lighting design experience a better understanding of, and become confident in, the use of design methods for indoor lighting applications. Also to gain knowledge of the standards and guides used in lighting design and to better understand the Lighting designer/lighting specialist's offered solution.

The module contains not only sections on design, but also complimentary sections on lighting control systems as well as information and instruction with regard to lamp technologies.

The objective of this module is to enable informed choices of luminaries, lamps, lighting controls and designs in accordance with the needs of the end users.

Course content 

  • Lighting units and terminology                  

  • Lighting calculation methods                      

  • Inverse square law                         

  • Lumen design method                 

  • Glare                    

  • Design for minimum energy consumption                           

  • Software tools                 

  • Section exercises                            

  • Section assessment                       

  • Lamps                  

  • Incandescent    

  • Tungsten Halogen Lamps                            

  • Fluorescent lamps          

  • High Intensity Discharge              

  • High pressure mercury 

  • Metal halide lamps         

  • Low pressure sodium    

  • High pressure sodium   

  • Controls

Learning outcomes 

Following successful completion of the module, users should be able to:

outline the essential features necessary for an effective lighting design

Explain the different technical terms used to measure the operational parameters of a lighting design such as: illuminance, luminance, luminous flux, luminous intensity, efficacy etc.

Explain the operating principles of the main lamp forms for incandescent, low-pressure, high-pressure and solid state (LEDs) lamps, and have a good understanding of their luminous output, their efficacy and their suitability for various lighting tasks. (Included within the module is information on both the control equipment necessary to operate the various lamps, but also the control methods that can be used to operate lamps and ensure optical energy usage)

Design suitable simple lighting schemes to ensure minimum energy consumption by both the point-to-point method of design (where applicable) and the lumen method of design.

Who should attend

CIBSE online learning courses are suitable for those wishing to enhance and support their current knowledge base, as well as graduates within an engineering discipline. 

Each unit has been peer reviewed and tested through this group. The units allow students to take a coordinated journey through an individual topic or a series of topics. The units form the backbone of several corporate training schemes.

How to book 

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Course fees 

£300 (£360 inc vat)

Corporate subscribers, please contact Charlotte Stubbs [email protected]