Continuing Education

Information on the course available through the Harrisburg Section of IESNA can be found below. If you are interested in participating in any of the courses please contact the Education Committee Chair - Shawn Good (

Lighting Course FOL-09:
Fundamentals of Lighting is an introductory course comprised of seven modules. It replaces ED-100, Fundamental Level. Fundamentals of Lighting is offered by the IES Sections and other recognized education providers, enabling participants who pass the course to receive IES Continuing Education Units or AIA Learning Units. Each student will get a 546 page 3 ring binder as a text.

Module 1: Basic Lighting Concepts, Vision, and Color

Course Content: Brief History of Lighting– What is Light? Vision? Color?
Upon completion, students will:
• Appreciate the history of light and lighting, with special emphasis on technology, energy efficiency, and its interaction with architecture;
• Understand and be able to use basic lighting terminology; and
• Comprehend the relationships among light, vision and color

Module 2: Electric Light Sources and Ballasts

Course Content: Filament lamps • Fluorescent lamps and ballasts • High intensity • Discharge lamps and ballasts • Light emitting diodes (LEDs) • Other electric light sources
Upon completion, students will:
• Understand the basic operation and performance characteristics of electric light sources;
• Understand how ballasted light sources operate as a system; and • Be able to identify commonly used electric light sources and understand where and how they are applied

Module 3: Luminaires and Controls

Course Content: Methods of light control • Luminaires • Lighting control • Systems • Application examples
Upon completion, students will:
• Identify and recognize the various types of luminaires offered today, by mounting type, by light source, and by application
• Understand the various types of lighting controls available today, how they work, and why they are important.

Module 4: Photometry and Calculations

Course Content: Photometric data for luminaires • Determining average illuminance • Illuminance equation components/examples • Determining Illuminance at a point • Computer enabled lighting analysis
Upon completion, students will:
• Understand how to read the photometric reports in luminaire manufacturer catalogs; and
• Use the photometric information to calculate average illuminance (the lumen method) and illuminance at a point.

Module 5: Lighting for Interiors

Course Content: Emotional impact • Degrees of stimulation • Glare and sparkle • Direction and distribution of light • Interior lighting applications
Upon completion, students will:
• Appreciate the complexities involved in designing lighting for residential and commercial spaces; and
• Understand the objective and subjective aspects of lighting for interior spaces.

Module 6: Lighting for Exteriors

Course Content: Exterior lighting elements • Critical design considerations • Exterior lighting applications
Upon completion, students will:
• Understand the multiple issues involved in designing lighting for exteriors, including glare, light trespass, safety and security; and
• Know that there are many types of exterior lighting applications, each with their own unique design considerations.

Module 7: Important Issues in Lighting

Course Content: The lighting design profession • Sustainable design • Daylighting • Lighting economics • Codes and standards • Light and health
Upon completion, students will:
• Be prepared for advanced topics in lighting.

Lighting Course ED-150:

The ED-150 course is designed as the next course for those who have already completed the IES Fundamentals level program or have gained basic lighting knowledge in other educational programs (courses in academia or industry). ED-150 will be phased out as more IES Seminars become available in the future.

• Module 1: Designing for Lighting Quality

The first session sets the tone for the entire course. It is intended to provide an overview of the course and to inspire attendees about the importance of lighting. It provides the “big picture” view of the lighting design process.

• Module 2: Vision

Good lighting design and engineering require an understanding of vision and the perceptions that result from it. Anatomy, optics and physiology comprise the components of vision that a lighting professional should understand. The module discusses how vision “works,” and how that process affects lighting design.

• Module 3: Color

This module assumes that participants understand the fundamental concepts of color vision and builds on knowledge about the relationship between CCT and CRI. The derivation and limitations of these metrics is explored to justify specification of lamp color properties for various applications.

• Module 4: Establishing Lighting Goals (Schematic Design)

A review of how the lighting design process provides a context for establishing design goals that address both visual performance and the quality of the visual environment before equipment selection. Topics include defining spatial/architectural constraints, setting luminous hierarchy goals and creating spatial impressions.

• Module 5: Light Sources

Rather than reviewing specific products, the module explores the reasons behind new developments and the relevant performance metrics that can be used to assess new lamps and ballasts.

• Module 6: Luminaires and Optical Control

The principles of reflection, transmission, and refraction are explained and demonstrated to provide a clear understanding of how luminaires control light. The differences between the often-confused terms luminance and luminous intensity are explained.

• Module 7A: Lumen Method

Course attendees with extensive experience making lighting calculations with the lumen method may not understand its foundation. The module explains the limits of the method and its useful extensions, particularly in determining interreflected light.

• Module 7B: Calculation of Illuminance at a Point

The module provides an understanding the origin, use, and limits of the inverse square law and the cosine law of incidence. It provides attendees with the ability to determine the illuminance from a point source in somewhat complicated geometries, and the illuminance from rectangular area sources using exitances and configuration factors in indirect and daylighting applications.

• Module 8: Controls for Lighting

This session provides a foundation for understanding control strategies and reviews the factors that influence the basic selection of control techniques. By giving an overview of the various control technologies, attendees are able to integrate knowledge of control products with appropriate applications.

• Module 9: Building Electrical Systems

The characteristics of electric power systems as they relate to buildings and lighting systems is discussed to give greater understanding about power distribution to attendees who may have previously only specified lighting loads and used electrical engineers to design the overall system for a building.

• Module 10: Daylighting Analysis

The session focuses on the characteristics of daylight delivery systems (vertical fenestration, skylights, lightshelves, shading and overhangs), how they perform, how they can be integrated with electric lighting systems and how architecture must be modified to accommodate them.

• Module 11: Economics

A skill-based session with example problems and group exercises to provide hands-on experience in converting between present value, annualized cost and future cost, and in conducting and interpreting the results of a complete life cycle cost analysis of several lighting system options.

SEM-1-09 - Planned Indoor Lighting Maintenance

Objective: Examine common lighting maintenance procedures and central components of an effective planned maintenance program. Student Material: Back ground information, text of the seminar, RP-36-03, Power Point Slides/Handouts, Seminar Quiz

SEM-2-09 - Codes & Standards for Product & Application Safety, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

Objective: Gain an appreciation for what types of issues are covered by a predominant array of lighting related codes and standards currently in use. Student Material: Background Information • Text of the Seminar • PowerPoint Slides/Handouts • Seminar Quiz

SEM-3-09 - Lighting Economics

Objective: Introduce the lighting practitioner to several methods of analysis for lighting systems economics and the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Student Material: Background Information • Text of the Seminar • PowerPoint Slides/Handouts • Seminar Quiz
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