Fundamentals of Lighting

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

The registration fee listed below includes all class materials.
Standard – $400.00
College Student – $200.00

Registrations received after September 1st may not receive materials in time for the first class.

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

Patrick Hutchinson
2840 N Brookfield Rd, Ste 3
Brookfield WI 53045

2023 FOL Course Overview:

This 20-hour course provides participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of illumination. It gives a comprehensive overview of basic lighting principles, lamp and luminaire types, lighting calculations, and controls, as well as functional and aesthetic best practices in application. This course is ideal for architects, engineers, designers, contractors, sales reps, customer service reps, manufacturers, distributors, and students. Find an outline for each module below. Note there will be no class the weeks of Halloween and Thanksgiving.

20 CEU’s Available

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of classes to pass and receive CEU’s.

Teams will be the platform we will use for the virtual offering.  Audio and video required for remote students.

Contact us at or call Teresa Jackson at 262-665-8980.

2023 FOL Course Syllabus:

Module 1, September 19, 2023
 Introduction to Light and Lighting
Teresa Jackson, MIES (Spectrum Lighting & Controls)
1. A brief history of light and lighting
2. Professional practice
3. The physics of light
4. Vision
5. Color
6. Light and health

Module 2, September 26, 2023
Electric Light Sources
Eric Haugaard (Cooper Lighting Solutions)
1. Introduction to electric light sources
2. Legacy sources
3. Incandescent
4. Fluorescent
5. High Intensity Discharge
6. Solid state

Module 3, October 3, 2023
Holly Blomquist, LC, MIES, LEED Green Associate (Ring & DuChateau)
1. Introduction to daylighting
2. Characteristics of daylight
3. Delivering daylight
4. Integrating daylight and electric light
5. View
6. Modeling daylight

Module 4, October 10, 2023
Kyle Kichura, LC, MIES (AM Conservation Group)
1. Introduction to luminaires
2. Luminaire optics
3. Classification
4. Mounting
5. Interior luminaires
6. Exterior luminaires

Module 5, October 17, 2023
Lighting Controls
Randy Janicek, MIES (Engineered Representation, Inc.)
1. Introduction to Lighting Controls
2. Dimming
3. Sensors: presence detection
4. Sensors: light detection
5. Networked systems
6. General Considerations

Module 6, October 24, 2023
Metrics, photometry, calculations, and rendering
Chris Glandt, LC, MIES (Visa Lighting)
1. Introduction
2. Photometry: Lab and Reports
3. Calculations
4. Point method calculations
5. Lumen method calculations
6. Computer modeling
7. Field Measurements

Module 7, November 7, 2023
Codes, Standards, and Practice
Justin Hendrickson, LC, MIES (JTH Lighting Alliance)
1. Introduction
2. Electrical and Building Codes
3. Energy Codes
4. Aspirational Standards
5. Lighting Standards
6. Economics

Module 8, November 14, 2023
Lighting for Interior Environments
Colleen Kroll, LC, MIES (Ring & DuChateau)
1. Fundamentals of lighting design
2. Languages of lighting design
3. Visibility and comfort
4. Visual experience
5. Attraction and display
6. Light and architecture
7. Wellness and sustainability

Module 9, November 28, 2023
Lighting for Exterior Environments
Yazi Fletcher, MIES
1. Lighting for dark environments
2. Parks, campuses and civic spaces
3. Streets and roadways
4. Parking facilities
5. Athletic facilities
6. Facades and landscapes
7. Sustainability and wellness

Module 10, December 5, 2023
Teresa Jackson, MIES (Spectrum Lighting & Controls)
1. Lighting basics
2. Vision & Perception (color, contrast)
3. Daylight, Electric Light, Controls
4. Light & Professional Practice
5. Balancing Needs and Sustainability
6. Resources