Fundamentals of Lighting

Pre-registration is required and registration fees must be paid in advance.  Online payments via Paypal and pre-paid checks are accepted.

If paying by check, make payable to IES MILWAUKEE SECTION #38 and send to:

Karen Oranger
Attn: Fundamentals of Lighting
7913 W North Ave  Wauwatosa, WI 53213


Location: Virtual Via Zoom

The registration fee listed in the form includes all class materials.

Registrations received after February  12th may not receive materials in time for the first class.

2021 FOL Course Overview:

This ten-week course provides participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of illumination. It gives a comprehensive overview on basic lighting principles, lamp and luminaire types, lighting calculations, and controls, as well as functional and aesthetic applications. This course is ideal for architects, engineers, designers, contractors, sales reps, customer service reps, manufacturers, distributors, and students. 25 CEU credits available.

2021 FOL Course Syllabus:

Module 1 – History, Professional Practice, Defining Light, Vision, Color, and Light & Health

In this introductory presentation we will cover the history of light and lighting, define light through both physics and metrics, illustrate the four components of vision, and discuss various aspects of color theory from color mixing to the color rendering index. Teresa Jackson, LC, MIES

Module 2 – Electric Light Sources and Auxiliary Devices

Light sources including filament, gas discharge and solid state (LED) will be presented. Lamp applications, equipment necessary to power these sources, and other considerations will also be reviewed. Eric Haugaard (Cree)

Module 3 – Daylighting

This session will introduce daylight as a light source in buildings, including design considerations, daylight delivery systems, control methods, performance and metrics. Holly Blomquist, LC, LEED Green Associate (Ring & DuChateau)

Module 4- Luminaires

Luminaire forms and optics are introduced along with classifications by application, distribution, and mounting method. We will discuss additional luminaire attributes relating to performance and maintenance.  Kyle Kichura, LC, MIES (AM Conservation Group)

Module 5 – Controls

Lighting control types, strategies, methods and protocols are introduced in this session. In addition, integrating lighting controls with other building systems and a discussion of controls applications is included. Randy Janicek, MIES (Engineered Representation, Inc.)

Module 6 – Photometry, Metrics, & Computer Calculations

The elements of photometric testing and reporting will be presented. The role of lighting design calculation as part of the design process is reviewed, and calculation methods, including the Lumen Method for average illuminance, and the point method for illuminance at a point, will be presented and applied. Computer calculations and rendering techniques are also discussed. Chris Glandt, LC, MIES (Visa Lighting)

Module 7 – Codes and Standards, Economics

In this session, safety and Energy codes and standards are introduced.  Trends in energy management and strategies to achieve energy saving goals are discussed, along with the role of economic analysis as part of an overall lighting design.  Methods for economic analysis including Life Cycle Cost Benefit Analysis are modeled and applied. Justin Hendrickson, LC, MIES (JTH Lighting Alliance)

Module 8 – Lighting Design Process and Techniques, Sustainability & Commissioning

The lighting design process, from programming through construction is reviewed in depth.  We will discuss factors for design decisions and application considerations as part of the overall design process.  Industry ratings for sustainability including LEED, and building commissioning practices are also covered.  Shanna Olson, LC, MIES, Affiliate IIDA (IMEG Corp.)

Module 9 – Lighting for Interiors

The art and craft of interior lighting, applied in various building and space types, is a make-or-break factor in an overall interior design.  Examples of designs are shown and the role of lighting within the well-designed interior is discussed.  We will also discuss research relating to human perception and reaction to interior environments, and the important role of lighting within those findings. Barbara Lee, LC (IMEG Corp.)

Module 10 – Lighting for Exteriors

Great lighting effects are not just for the indoors. Exterior lighting methods and applications from public spaces to roadways to sports lighting is discussed.  The effect of lighting on the exterior environment, and exterior lighting controls techniques are also included.  Robert “Yazi” Fletcher, LC, MIES (Red Sky Lighting.)