Residential Lighting


This course has been designed to provide information to home builders, contractors, designers and homeowners on selecting lighting equipment and designing lighting installations for new homes or homes being remodeled. The course should serve as a guide to selecting efficient and effective lighting for a home. The course can be used in several ways.

Using a Lighting Technique
If a course participant has a lighting technique or practice in mind, such as accent lighting or ambient lighting, the navigation bar on the left side of each page can be used to find the Lighting Techniques module. When Lighting Techniques is clicked on, each technique will appear in the navigation bar. The participant can then click on the particular technique of interest to them. Each technique gives design guidance and refers course participants to luminaires that will provide the desired effect.

Lighting or Relighting a Room
If a course participant is choosing lighting for a particular room or space in home or is looking for some effective, energy-efficient alternatives to typical home lighting, the navigation bar on the left can be used click on the Design module, where a list of rooms will appear. Clicking on any of the rooms will provide information on options for lighting technologies and designs for remodeling or new construction. These designs can be used as prototypes for home lighting projects, the style of each room can be adapted to fit any taste.

Calculating Savings
Sometimes, cost information can help a homeowner choose an appropriate lighting design. Clicking on the Economics module on the left navigation bar will allow course participants to calculate annual energy savings, annual operating cost savings, or a simple payback for installing efficient lighting equipment using the worksheet in this module.

Using a Lighting Technology
If a course participants need information about a particular lighting technology, they can click on any of the technology modules (Lamps and Ballasts, Luminaires, or Controls) and these will provide more information on various options within each of these product categories.

It is expected that the entire Residential Lighting course will take approximately 30 total hours to complete. Three continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded at the completion of this course. This does not need to be completed at one sitting. The course has been divided into six modules (lamps and ballasts, luminaires, controls, economics, lighting techniques, and designs), and these modules further divided into individual lessons, so that participants can progress through the content at their own pace, and as their time allows. At the completion of each lesson or topic within a module there will be a brief quiz to review the content presented and assure that the participants have understood important concepts. Participants should not move to the next lesson until they answer all quiz questions correctly. If a participant answers one or more of questions incorrectly, they should review the lesson, and take the quiz again.

If participants wish to complete the entire course, it is recommended that they progress through the modules and lessons in the order they are presented beginning with Lamps and Ballasts, progressing through Luminaires, Controls and so on. This can be done by using the navigation buttons located at the bottom of each page. The navigation bar at the left can also be used to progress through the modules within this course. Participants should remember which of the individual lessons they have completed at a particular sitting, and should use the navigation bar at the left to move to the next lesson each time they return to the program. If participants have questions on any of the content within a lesson, they can email their question to the LRC by clicking on the "help" bottom at the top of each page.

Throughout the course there will be various terms that are underlined and highlighted in blue. Clicking on these terms will open a separate window with a further explanation or more information about this term or concept. When a participant is done reviewing this information, they should simply close this new window and return to their original place within the lesson. At the bottom of each page there will also be a list of glossary terms used on that page. Clicking on these terms will also bring up their definition in a separate window. Close this window to return to the lesson.

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