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Residential Lighting Technologies and Techniques

A one-day seminar using the LRC's Lighting Patterns for Homes

The LRC is offering a series of one-day seminars across New York State to assist contractors, homebuilders, energy auditors, architects, and other professionals to design and install advanced lighting systems in a variety of residential settings, utilizing the Lighting Patterns for Homes web-based, interactive design tool. These courses will help provide information to contractors and other professionals about the latest and most efficient lighting technologies and design techniques; and help them to expand their skill, professional abilities, and businesses.

Lighting for residential settings is evolving rapidly. Federal legislation is phasing out low efficacy lamps, including many incandescent lamps, which have been the primary light source in homes for over 100 years. New advances in solid-state light sources, such as LEDs (light-emitting diodes), show promise to revolutionize the way homes are lighted, improving visibility, comfort, and functionality for homeowners, while vastly reducing energy use. LEDs are rapidly emerging as a viable energy-efficient alternative to traditional light sources. The availability of new LED lighting technology has spurred interest among homeowners and multifamily building managers about lighting. Homeowners are now looking for homes that have advanced lighting systems, and homebuilders and contractors can use energy-efficient lighting as a selling point in new home construction and renovation.

The morning of each seminar will review the various types of advanced lighting technologies (light bulbs, fixtures, controls) and important operational characteristics of each technology. Participants will be able to handle actual lighting products to get a feel for the way these products operate, are interconnected, and are installed. The session will also include a review of Lighting Patterns for Homes and participants will use the website as part of the instruction. Participants will then use the information they have learned in the seminar in a design exercise to redesign existing lighting plans to make them more efficient and effective for building occupants, and to estimate the costs and energy savings.

Course goal

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the operation of advanced lighting systems including light sources such as LEDs, light fixtures, and controls; be able to assess available lighting products; and select products that best meet the needs of their installation, design, or retrofit.
  • Use and apply the information provided through Lighting Patterns for Homes in their professional practices.
  • Assess an existing residential lighting installation or new design and develop recommendations to improve the functionality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the installation or design.
  • Design lighting installations using a variety of advanced lighting products and systems in homes and multifamily buildings.
  • Receive continuing education credits (CEUs) and obtain a certificate in residential lighting.

Course agenda

Time Topic


9:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • Introduction of presenters and participants
9:30 Lighting Terminology
  • A review of important lighting terms, measures, and metrics
10:00 Lighting Technologies
  • Overview of advanced, energy-efficient lamps, luminaires, and LEDs
  • Demonstrations of technologies
  • Review of sample products
10:45 Break  
11:00 Lighting Technologies (continued)
  • Lighting controls
  • Review and demonstration of sample products (e.g., dimmers, occupancy sensors)
11:30 Lighting Design Techniques
  • An overview of residential lighting design principles, recommended practices, and design techniques
12:30 Lunch  
1:30 Lighting Patterns
  • Review of the Lighting Patterns for Homes website (participants who bring a laptop computer or tablet will have Internet access so that they can navigate the website as it is being introduced)
2:45 Break  
3:00 Using Lighting Patterns
  • Group design exercise using the Lighting Patterns for Homes to select lighting for a variety of residential settings and space types
4:15 Group Presentations
  • Each group presents findings
4:30 Review
  • Wrap-up and final questions from participants
5:00 Adjourn  

About the instructors

Instructors will include a number of LRC faculty and staff:

Russ Leslie, AIA, FIES — Professor and Associate Director of the LRC, Russ Leslie is lead author of The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes, as well as a practicing architect. He teaches and conducts research in architecture, lighting, daylighting, and energy efficiency and is project architect for over 100 architectural projects.

Daniel Frering, LC — The director of educational programs at the LRC, Daniel Frering teaches courses and seminars in lighting technology, daylighting, control systems, lighting applications, and economic analysis. His current research includes the evaluation of daylighting technologies, and energy-efficient lighting for homes and commercial buildings.

Jennifer Brons, LC — A senior scientist at the LRC, and director of the LRC’s DELTA (Demonstration and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications) program, Professor Brons teaches lighting design as part of the LRC’s graduate program and has conducted numerous evaluations of residential and commercial lighting installations.

Leora Radetsky, LC — A research scientist at the LRC, Leora Radetsky has conducted research in a wide range of areas related to lighting including modeling and evaluation of lighting designs and the evaluation of lighting technologies and systems.

Continuing education credits

Participants will earn 6.5 AIA approved Health, Safety, Welfare Learning Units (LUs/HSW) for attending the Residential Technologies and Techniques course. Participants are also eligible for LEED and NCQLP maintenance credits.

How much does a seminar cost?

The cost for New York State residents is $40 per person. The Applicant understands that to be eligible for the New York State rate for this training initiative, they must work or live in an area whereby the local utility participates in the System Benefits Charge. This includes the following utilities: Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Consolidated Edison, National Grid (excludes former LIPA Utility), NYS Electric and Gas, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Rochester Gas and Electric.

The cost for participants from outside New York State is $400 per person.

Seminar course fees include continental breakfast and lunch as well as all course materials and manuals.

NOTE: LRC Partners receive a 20% discount on the course fee.


The next series of seminars will be announced soon. Be sure to check this space often.

Date Location Register
May 28, 2015 SYRACUSE
Syracuse Center of Excellence
727 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, New York 13244

June 2, 2015 TROY
Lighting Research Center
21 Union St.
Troy, NY 12180
June 3, 2015 NEW YORK CITY
RAB Lighting Showroom
535 W. 24th St., Top Floor
New York, NY 10001
June 4, 2015 NEW YORK CITY
RAB Lighting Showroom
535 W. 24th St., Top Floor
New York, NY 10001


For more information

To find out more about the LRC seminars contact Dan Frering at (518) 687-7100 or via email at


These residential lighting seminars have been made possible through funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Sponsored by NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)

Program Partners

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Syracuse Center of Excellence

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