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Introductory IES Lighting Course

CoverFundamentals of Lighting (FOL-09)

Fundamentals of Lighting is an introductory course comprised of seven modules. It replaces ED-100, Fundamental Level. Fundamentals of Lighting is offered by the IES Sections and other recognized education providers, enabling participants who pass the course to receive IES Continuing Education Units or AIA Learning Units. Contact your local IES Section for information regarding course offerings and education credits.

Each module includes textual material, power point student handout notetaking pages, quizzes, and additional references.

The instructor’s manual includes the complete contents of the student binder plus Quizzes and Answers for each module and IES Administrative/ Professional Development Program Material (including CEU/LU forms). The CD includes PowerPoint Slides with instructor notes, pdf files of archival slide sets, and quizzes and answers.


Module 1: Basic Lighting Concepts, Vision, and Color

Course Content: Brief History of Lighting– What is Light? Vision? Color?

Upon completion, students will:

  • Appreciate the history of light and lighting, with special emphasis on technology, energy efficiency, and its interaction with architecture;
  • Understand and be able to use basic lighting terminology; and
  • Comprehend the relationships among light, vision and color
Module 1

Module 2: Electric Light Sources and Ballasts

Course Content: Filament lamps • Fluorescent lamps and ballasts • High intensity • Discharge lamps and ballasts • Light emitting diodes (LEDs) • Other electric light sources

Upon completion, students will:

  • Understand the basic operation and performance
    characteristics of electric light sources;
  • Understand how ballasted light sources operate as a
    system; and
  • Be able to identify commonly used electric light sources
    and understand where and how they are applied
Module 2

Module 3: Luminaires and Controls

Course Content: Methods of light control • Luminaires • Lighting control • Systems • Application examples

Upon completion, students will:

  • Identify and recognize the various types of luminaires offered
    today, by mounting type, by light source, and by application
  • Understand the various types of lighting controls available
    today, how they work, and why they are important.
Module 3

Module 4: Photometry and Calculations

Course Content: Photometric data for luminaires • Determining average illuminance • Illuminance equation components/examples • Determining Illuminance at a point • Computer enabled lighting analysis

Upon completion, students will:

  • Understand how to read the photometric reports in
    luminaire manufacturer catalogs; and
  • Use the photometric information to calculate average
    illuminance (the lumen method) and illuminance at a point.
Module 4

Module 5: Lighting for Interiors

Course Content: Emotional impact • Degrees of stimulation • Glare and sparkle • Direction and distribution of light • Interior lighting applications

Upon completion, students will:

  • Appreciate the complexities involved in designing lighting
    for residential and commercial spaces; and
  • Understand the objective and subjective aspects of
    lighting for interior spaces.
Module 5

Module 6: Lighting for Exteriors

Course Content: Exterior lighting elements • Critical design considerations • Exterior lighting applications

Upon completion, students will:

  • Understand the multiple issues involved in designing
    lighting for exteriors, including glare, light trespass, safety
    and security; and
  • Know that there are many types of exterior lighting
    applications, each with their own unique design
Module 6

Module 7: Important Issues in Lighting

Course Content: The lighting design profession • Sustainable design • Daylighting • Lighting economics • Codes and standards • Light and health

Upon completion, students will:

  • Be prepared for advanced topics in lighting.

Student Version
3-ring binder
546 pages
List Price: $115.00
IES Member Price: $81.00
ISBN: 978-0-87995-235-8
Order #: FOL-09
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Instructor Version
3-ring binder + CD
580 pages
List Price: $135.00
IES Member Price: $95.00
Order #: FOL-IM-09
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Instructors of Individual
CD only
List price: $15.00
IES Member Price: $10.50
Order #: FOL-CD-09
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