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Lighting Design

Course Structure
Learning Outcomes
Course Fees 
Corporate Offerings 

Designed by a collaborative group of key building services consultancies and contractors, this CIBSE Online Learning module offers a practical, flexible and convenient alternative to face to face courses. This unit allows you to take a coordinated journey through an individual topic or a series of topics, finishing by testing your knowledge with interactive activity pages.

Course Structure

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.
This module should enable informed choices of luminaires, lamps, lighting controls and designs in accordance with the needs of the end users.
It 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.

Make your way through this course at your own pace with the following:  

  • Lighting Design Topics
  • Additional Resources
  • Three Activity Pages
  • CPD Certificate on completion

This course covers: 

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Lamps
  • Light Emitting Diodes
  • Incandescent Lamps
  • Tungsten Halogen
  • High Intensity Discharge
  • High Pressure Mercury Lamps
  • Low Pressure Sodium
  • High Pressure Sodium
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Metal Halide Lamps
  • Lighting
  • Lighting, A Science or an Art
  • Lighting Units and Terminology
  • Lighting Calculation Methods
  • Inverse Square Law
  • Lumen Design Method
  • Glare
  • Design for Minimum Consumption
  • Software Tools
  • Section Design Examples
  • Controls
  • Benefits
  • Application
  • Standards and Regulations 
  • Technologies
  • Protocols
  • Conclusion
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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.

Learning Outcomes 

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.

Course Fees 

  • CIBSE Member Rate: £255 + VAT
  • Standard Rate: £300 + VAT

Corporate Offerings 

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