Introduction to Lighting

Welcome to Introduction to Lighting!

This class is a fast-paced, self-directed online class providing a basic practical understanding of lighting vocabulary, equipment, regulations, and practices. No prior lighting experience is required.

Introduction to Lighting was developed by Dan Blitzer, Principal of The Practical Lighting Workshop, and the Illuminating Engineering Society education team to provide a fast-paced and practical understanding of lighting vocabulary, equipment, regulations, and practices. No prior lighting experience is required.

Why learn about light?

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Learning Objectives

The overall objective of the course is a broad introduction to the technology and practice of lighting with emphasis on recognizing and applying lighting principles and technical terminology.

1. Explore the physics and interaction of light and human vision.
2. Explain the key terminology and attributes of light source families and types.
3. Describe the attributes and applications of luminaires.
4. Describe the attributes and applications of lighting controls.
5. Identify the codes, regulations, and standards that govern and guide lighting practice.
6. Survey lighting economics and maintenance strategies.

Seven Modules:
1: How We See
2: Light Generation
3: Light Sources
4: Directing Light
5: Controlling Light
6: Lighting Codes and Standards
7: Maintaining Lighting Systems

Course structure:
This course is comprised of seven themed modules. Each module must be completed in order because the information you learn is cumulative, later concepts in the course do call upon previously learned vocabulary and ideas. As you watch the videos, each lasting between 17 min and 35 min. Each video contains a tremendous amount of information, so pause to take notes as you need to. You can also rewatch videos as you need to. Once you’ve watched a video in its entirety, the corresponding quiz will unlock within each module. Use your notes to take each quiz; you have unlimited attempts to pass them. Upon successful completion of each quiz the next module will unlock. You can complete one or two modules in a sitting – and come back later – or complete all seven at once. You may revisit this course any time by visiting My eLearning Dashboard in the menu to the left. There is no minimum time frame to complete this course, your registration will never expire.

Expect to spend 4 hours on this course from start to finish (including the quizzes). Once you pass the last module (Module 7), a certificate of completion is available for immediate download. Due to the introductory level of the information presented in Introduction to Lighting, this course does not qualify for IES CEUs.

What’s next?

If you love what you learn in Introduction to Lighting we recommend signing up with Fundamentals of Lighting (FOL) offered by the IES Raleigh Section.   See Fundamentals of Lighting (FOL) tab for more information on this 10-module course.

Registering for this course: Contact our Education Chair for a member discount prior to registration.

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