Lighting Technology



When people think of "lighting" the first thing that often comes to mind are the various pieces of equipment used to produce, control, and distribute light in a building or space. In the lighting industry, these devices are usually referred to a "technologies" and are generally grouped into three areas:

  1. Lamps - which convert electric energy into light
  2. Luminaires - which connect lamps to an electric power supply and help to distribute their light into a space
  3. Lighting Controls - which allow building occupants to turn lighting on and off, and regulate the amount of light in a space.

At the completion of this course it is expected that participants will:

  • understand the operating characteristics of various technologies commonly used in the lighting industry
  • be able to compare these technologies and evaluate factors that will effect their performance, and
  • be able to select among available lighting technologies to choose those that best meet an identified lighting need.

It is expected that the entire Lighting Technology course will take approximately 60 total hours to complete. Six 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 three modules (lamps, luminaires, controls), 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.

It is recommended that participants progress through the modules and lessons in the order they are presented beginning with Lamps, progressing through Luminaires, and finally completing the module on Controls. 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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